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Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report

By Kirk Radomski with David Fisher

On a quiet street on Long Island early on a December morning in 2005, more than fifty federal agents stood outside a lovely new home waiting for the front door to be opened. When it did, there stood the central figure in one of the biggest scandals in sports history: Kirk Radomski.

Radomski was a regular New York kid who, from the age of fifteen had the amazing fortune of working in the Mets clubhouse. The focus of his job was to give the players whatever they wanted or needed-he got their uniforms ready, packed up their homes at the end of the season, cashed their checks, and helped them beat the drug tests that would have led to suspension. And at the end of the 1986 season he even led the World Champions down Broadway during their victory parade. Eventually, he graduated to helping in other ways: providing them with steroids and human growth hormones. By the time the Feds knocked on his door, he was the main clubhouse supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to almost three hundred baseball players.

Under threat of a long prison sentence-and after being identified by players he'd helped-he cooperated with Senator George Mitchell to produce the Mitchell Report, providing names and dates. Now he's ready to tell the whole story to the world. Radomski made little money from these transactions, and in this stunning book he will recount what baseball knew about the problem, his life since the report came out, and who took what. This is the tale of a young man seeing his heroes turn into clay, and the degradation of a once great sport into the drug-addicted spectacle it has become.


On The Mitchell Report

In addition to discussing the players on my list, Senator Mitchell asked me if I had any information about a lot of other players, often making it obvious that he had heard rumors about them or had been told by baseball that some of these players had been tested for steroids. He had suspicions, but he needed hard evidence. He particularly asked me about all the big stars who had been the subject of whispered rumors. Their names were not secret: Pudge Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield. I told him that, like everybody else, I'd heard their names linked anecdotally to steroids, but I personally had never dealt with any of them and had no firsthand evidence that they were using.

On Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee

I don't know Roger and I didn't see him use it, but I have no doubt that he used it himself. My good friend and a fellow trainer, Brian McNamee, had asked me to get growth for him. Brian didn't tell me who it was for, because we were both aware that HGH was illegal and we were careful never to talk to each other about our clients.

On Radomski's Legacy

I have no doubt that when I die, my obituary will identify me as the key figure in baseball's steroid scandal. No matter what good I do for the rest of my life, even if I win two Nobel Prizes - highly unlikely, I know - Kirk Radomski will always be known as baseball's steroid pusher. That's my legacy, and I guess I chose it.

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