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Former (very former) Mets employee pleads guilty to distribution of illegal steroids
2007-04-27 14:04
by Bob Timmermann, in the persons of Luis Fernando Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim, reports that Kirk J. Radomski, who reportedly worked in the Mets clubouse from 1985 to 1995, has pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance, as well as money laundering, in U.S. Federal Court in San Francisco. What makes this significant?

Llosa/Wertheim: A few things. First, though Radomski hasn't worked for the Mets for more than a decade, this is a baseball "insider," someone with access to clubhouses, being implicated. According to investigators, Radomski developed his network of contacts while employed with the Mets. (A Mets official confirmed that Radomski worked for the team in a "clubhouse capacity.") They believe he began distributing the performing-enhancing drugs after his employment.

Also, we're told that Radomski, as part of the plea agreement, is cooperating with former Senator George Mitchell's investigation into steroid use in Major League Baseball. This investigation -- at least until now -- suffered from a lack of cooperation. "This individual was a major dealer of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs including human growth hormone," says Matt Parrella, a federal prosecutor working on the case . "[His] clientele was focused almost exclusively on Major League Baseball players and [his] work spanned a decade.

I'm eagerly awaiting the list of retired players and last pitchers out of the bullpen who will be named in connection with this conviction.


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