ST. PETERSBURG -- Five former Tampa Bay Rays players were among the dozens implicated on Thursday in former Sen. George Mitchell's report to Major League Baseball about performance-enhancing drugs.
Former Rays on the list include Jose Canseco (1999-2000), Jose Guillen (1999-2001), Adam Piatt ('03), Jim Parque ('03) and John Rocker ('03).
The Rays issued the following statement after the release of the Mitchell Report: "Upholding the integrity of the game is paramount to the Tampa Bay Rays. We are supportive of Senator Mitchell's recommendations, and we will work in concert with the Office of the Commissioner to help implement them."
Several high-profile, superstar-caliber players were among those named in the Mitchell Report, the product of a 21-month, multimillion-dollar investigation that could shape decisions, prompt punitive actions against active players and usher in the next era of the sport.
Free agent Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees, Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros, Eric Gagne of the Milwaukee Brewers and Paul Lo Duca of the Washington Nationals were among the most prominent former and current All-Stars to be mentioned in the lengthy report, which spans 311 pages, plus multiple exhibits, including evidence of signed checks, handwritten notes and shipping receipts.
The players listed in the paragraph above are by no means the only players listed in the report, but in MLB.com's first, quick review of the document, those names stood out by their notoriety. Our coverage will continue minute-by-minute through the course of the proceedings and for the foreseeable future thereafter, but the entire report is available for viewing here at MLB.com.
While the report detailed drug use in baseball by naming those accused, it also contained 19 recommendations for the sport to move forward from this point, proceeding after a culture of steroids and performance enhancement grew exponentially in the late 1990s.
The Mitchell Report named both Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association in assigning blame, charging leadership -- from the Commissioner to club owners and general managers -- for allowing the issue to proliferate.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.