Thursday, December 13, 2007
Fifteen current and former baseball players with ties to San Diego County are listed in a report detailing the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
San Diego Padres hitting coach Wally Joyner is one of the big local names listed in the Mitchell report. Other former Padres mentioned include Ken Caminiti who died three years ago at the age of 41. UC San Diego sports medicine researcher Suraj Achar says Caminiti is a perfect example of an athletes who went to great lengths to cheat.
Achar: Our star third baseman in San Diego who took us through the world series -- these drugs led to changes to his heart that led him to have sudden death. And this is not uncommon. We have athletes dying at an early age very frequently.
Other ex-padres listed are pitcher Ismael Valdez and catcher Gary Sheffield. Former all-star outfielder David Justice is identified. He didn't play for the Padres but owns a home in Poway.
Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.