The man who started the whole Radomski-McNamee wing of the steroids business has been outed by The Smoking Gun:
The snitch recorded his phone calls with ballplayers, wore a wire to meetings with FBI targets, and ordered steroids and human growth hormone at the direction of federal agents. For a year, he expertly gathered information that would spawn grand jury investigations, government raids, the Mitchell Report, Radomski’s felony conviction, and the ongoing criminal probe of Clemens. With brio, he dimed out acquaintances who were unaware that their pal was a convicted felon who, in a bid to avoid a five-year maximum prison sentence, had turned FBI informant and was assiduously working the street . . .
. . . A lengthy TSG probe has identified the talented FBI informant as Andrew Michael Bogdan, a Baltimore resident who cultivated friendships with Orioles ballplayers and then passed on incriminating information about them to his handlers at the bureau. A review of court records and interviews with Bogdan and other sources has allowed TSG to trace the 43-year-old’s arc from white- collar criminal to government informant solely responsible for triggering a chain of events that continues to roil baseball.
First, great gumshoeing by the Smoking Gun.
Second, one of my criticisms of the Mitchell Report was that it seemed to focus so much on Radomski clients without much of an effort, it seemed, to explore or even allude to the fact that there was probably a whole different world of steroid suppliers and users out there. Now it seems clear that Mitchell was simply handed Radomski because the feds were simply handed Radomski.
I imagine that if anyone was interested in going beyond the low-hanging fruit like this, we could one day have half a clue as to the scope of baseball’s PED problem. Since that’s unlikely to ever happen, the George Mitchell All-Stars will forever be the poster boys.