A sullied part of Dodgers' history

According to the report, by the 2000 season, the Dodgers were filling up with players who either had used steroids, or would later use steroids.

Mentioned in the report were nine players on the 2000 team, and eight players on the 2001 team.

Alas, only the Dodgers could have that many alleged juicers and still not make the playoffs, with the team winning 86 games each season.

According to the report, new catcher Todd Hundley was buying the drugs from former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski.

Hundley introduced Radomski to Lo Duca, and it seemed Lo Duca introduced Radomski to the others, from Adam Riggs to Brown to Herges.

By the time Gagne and Brown were at their Dodgers peak in the 2003 season, it was obvious to me that both players were probably on steroids.

It was obvious to the Dodgers management that both players were probably on steroids.

We would even talk about it while watching their bulging, straining bodies from the dugout during batting practice.

But the players would admit nothing, so there was nothing I could write.

Management could not subject them to testing, so there was nothing they could do.

"We weren't able to test, and we had no evidence," said Bob Daly, who served Fox as chairman of the team during that time.

With the union threatening grievances if management attempted to make its own rules, teams had little control of their players' drug habits, a fact that became starkly clear in the pile of Mitchell Report evidence.

Among the pieces is a steroid thank-you note written from Lo Duca to Radomski.

A note written on Dodger Stadium stationery.

"Call me if you need anything!" Lo Duca cheerfully wrote.

There also are reports of steroids being sent directly to Dodger Stadium, and a note about a former Dodgers assistant trainer named Matt Wilson looking the other way when a player said he was interested in the drug.

At the end of the 2003 season, then-general manager Dan Evans clearly was fed up with the issue, and the Mitchell Report contained notes from an off-season meeting that revealed concern over use by Gagne, Brown and Lo Duca.

Give Evans credit for finally trading Brown to the New York Yankees.

And, the following summer, give new boss Paul DePodesta credit for trading Lo Duca to the Florida Marlins.

I wrote that sending Lo Duca out during the middle of a pennant race was one of the worst trades in team history. If DePodesta made the trade based on steroid use, then I stand corrected.


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