The Mitchell Investigation Leaks: List of 75 Players Circling the Internet a Hoax
A list of names is now circling the internet (see below).
Deadspin posted this list. Of course, they can’t verify whether or not it’s completely accurate.
In the last hour, we have been forwarded a list of players mentioned in the Mitchell Report by about 25 different people. Is this list substantiated? No. Is it from an MLB official? No. Do we have any reason to believe it’s anything but random bunk? No. But it’s what’s making the rounds today, and we’re less than three hours away, and if the list is wrong, we’ll know real soon.
David Pinto has the same list at Baseball Musings, and WNBC has posted the same list with this caveat:
After WNBC.com posted this list, a spokesman for Major League Baseball told WNBC.com that there were several discrepancies between the list posted and Mitchell’s list.
As Pinto says in his post, please “take this list with a huge grain of salt.” It lists Juan Gonzalez twice and misspells Rafael Betancourt. But since leaks have been such a part of the whole steroid scandal, it seems fitting to list them here. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the actual list in Mitchell’s report due at 2:00 pm today.
Most have these players have come up in media reports, but there are defintiely some surprises. Some of the players that hadn’t yet been directly implicated include Albert Pujols, Jason Varitek, Eric Gagne, Nomar Garciapara, Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Sammy Sosa and Mo Vaughn.
UPDATE: There are huge discrepancies between this and the actual list from the report. The names following in red ARE NOT in the actual report.
Felix Heredia, Jr.