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Plenty of A's, Giants stars included in Mitchell Report

According to the Mitchell Report, the Giants and A's clubhouses were cesspools of illicit performance-enhancing activity, confirming suspicions that implicate many more than Barry Bonds, the poster child for the Steroid Era.

Among 85 players named in Senator George Mitchell's report announced Thursday, 13 wore a Giants uniform and 12 were A's, including current designated hitter Jack Cust.

In addition to Bonds, who has been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, other prominent ex-Giants named in the report include Matt Williams and Benito Santiago, MVP of the 2002 National League Championship Series. Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, aka the "Bash Brothers," and former MVPs Miguel Tejada and Jason Giambi were the big-name A's listed.

The report infers former manager Tony La Russa and general manager Sandy Alderson ignored evidence of drug use.

Giants General Manager Brian Sabean was portrayed as lax in policing a clubhouse where Greg Anderson, Bonds' personal trainer, was given complete access along with others in the superstar's entourage.

The A's refused comment, referring inquiries to Major League Baseball, and the Giants' response was a prepared statement attributed to managing general partner Peter Magowan, endorsing Mitchell's investigation.

"The report clearly demonstrates the pervasiveness of the problem," it concluded. "The Giants accept our fair share of responsibility.

"Our entire organization pledges to work closely with Commissioner Selig and Senator Mitchell to implement the report's recommendations and to institute whatever reforms are necessary to restore confidence in the integrity of the game."

Such spirit of cooperation wasn't always evident in the bowels of AT&T Park.

When Bonds hit his record-breaking 73 homers in 2001, steroid speculation soared with the towering homers.

The report states Magowan told Mitchell that Bonds admitted using steroids during a phone conversation with the owner in February 2004. Bonds was asked, "I've really got to know, did you take steroids?"

Bonds replied that he took substances he didn't know were steroids and found out later they were. Bonds said he took them for arthritis and sleeping problems following the failing health of his father, Bobby, and that they "didn't work."

Two days after Magowan met with Mitchell, lawyers representing Magowan and the Giants phoned one of Mitchell's investigators and said the owner detracted the details of the phone call with Bonds.

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