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Current, former Halos named by Mitchell

Current, former Halos named by Mitchell

Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was among those named in the findings of former Sen. George Mitchell's report concerning use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball released on Thursday.

Also surfacing in the Mitchell Report were former Angels Paul Byrd, Troy Glaus, Brendan Donnelly, Scot Schoeneweis, Adam Riggs, Kent Mercker, Jason Grimsley, Glenallen Hill, Wally Joyner, Jason Christiansen, Ismael Valdez, Bart Miadich and Mo Vaughn.

Representing the Angels, team spokesman Tim Mead released the following statement: "Now that the Mitchell Report has been released, the Angels are currently reviewing its contents. We support the process that has taken place to compile this report and Senator Mitchell for leading the effort.

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"The Los Angeles Angels organization has been committed to eliminating the use of performance enhancing substances from the game of baseball. We have fully supported the adoption and implementation of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"We are in full agreement with the recommendations from Sen. Mitchell as listed in the report, and the Angels will continue to support Commissioner Selig in his on-going efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from baseball. There is no place in the game for such substances, and we have and will continue to do what we can to eliminate them."

Under a section headlined "Alleged Internet Purchases of Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball," the report contained the following on Matthews:

"On February 27, 2007, the Albany Times Union reported that the name of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Gary Matthews, Jr. appeared on a customer list of Applied Pharmacy Services. Sports Illustrated later reported that Applied customer records showed that in August 2004 Applied shipped Matthews a package of human growth hormone (Genotropin) using a prescription arranged from the 'now-defunct' south Florida anti-aging clinic Health Watch (the same clinic connected to Jose Canseco's purchases).

"The substances were shipped to Matthews at an address in Mansfield, Texas. Reporters learned that the address belonged to a former minor league teammate and friend of Matthews.

"Several weeks after the report appeared, Matthews issued a statement in which he said, 'I have never taken H.G.H., during the 2004 season or any other time. Nobody has accused me of doing so, and no law enforcement agency has said I am a target of any investigation for doing so.' In his statement, Matthews did not deny that human growth hormone had been shipped to him, and he declined to answer reporters' questions about that omission.

"Chad Allen, who was Matthews' teammate, told my investigative staff that he had allowed Matthews to reside in his condominium in Dallas during the 2004 season while they were both playing for the Texas Rangers. Allen was assigned to the Rangers' class AAA affiliate during the season, but Matthews and another player continued to live at the condominium. When Allen returned to his condominium after the season, he found unused syringes in a drawer. Allen did not know who left the syringes behind, and he discarded them.

"Neither I nor any member of my investigative staff had any prior knowledge of any allegation about Matthews. Matthews met with officials from the Commissioner's Office in November 2007. On December 6, 2007, the Commissioner's Office announced that there was insufficient evidence of a violation of the joint program in effect at the time of the conduct in question to warrant discipline of Matthews."

Efforts to reach Matthews and his representatives were unsuccessful.

Four former Angels named in the report remain active. Byrd is with the Indians, Glaus with the Blue Jays and Schoeneweis with the Mets. Donnelly pitched for the Red Sox this season and is now a free agent.

Byrd pitched for the Angels in 2005. Glaus, the 2002 World Series Most Valuable Player for the champion Angels, was with the club from 1998 through 2004. Donnelly was a member of the bullpen from 2002 through 2006, and Schoeneweis pitched for the Angels from 1999 through 2003.

Now inactive, Valdez (2001), Vaughn (1999-2001), Joyner (1986-91, 2001), Riggs (2003-04), Mercker (2000), Hill (2001), Grimsley (1996) and Miadich (2001, 2003) also played for the Angels.

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 Yankees, Miguel Tejada of the Astros, Eric Gagne of the Brewers and Paul Lo Duca of the 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 entire report is available for viewing here at MLB.com in PDF and HTML format. It will be presented in a searchable, clickable version as soon as the 311 pages of content can be converted appropriately.

While the report detailed drug use in baseball by naming those accused, the report also contained 19 separate 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.

Mitchell's 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.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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