A sullied part of Dodgers' history

The accomplishments of Gagne, Lo Duca and Brown are meaningless in light of the revelations in the Mitchell Report.

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The scene is chilling in its deceit, and startling in its chaos.

In July 1999, a Dodgers strength and conditioning coach gathered five Dodgers minor leaguers in an Albuquerque apartment and watched them shoot themselves full of steroids.

A few months later, the manager of that triple-A team resigned because he felt his beloved organization was out of control.
Major League Baseball: A chart in Friday's Sports section on prominent Dodgers named in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drug use in baseball said that the Dodgers traded Paul Lo Duca to the New York Mets in July 2004. The Dodgers traded Lo Duca to the Florida Marlins.

That manager's name was Mike Scioscia.

As the Mitchell Report revealed Thursday, steroids aren't only about home runs, they're also about strikeouts.

Nobody in the report whiffs more than the Dodgers of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the new Fox property being painted as a drug-addled bunch that either ignored steroids or helped buy them.

According to interviews with alleged steroid suppliers, Paul Lo Duca wasn't so much a clubhouse leader as a clubhouse pusher.

Kevin Brown wasn't just a curmudgeon, he was a drug cheat.

Eric Gagne wasn't only about goggles, but syringes.

Is it any wonder that the man who has since become one of baseball's best managers couldn't stand the madness?

Scioscia said he was not aware of the alleged incident in Albuquerque, but agreed that such craziness was typical of an organization that he left before he could be fired.

Scioscia, of course, eventually landed in Anaheim, where he has led the Angels to a World Series championship and annual contention while the Dodgers have won one playoff game since.

"I only vaguely remember the strength guy, they had a lot of them come through back then," Scioscia said. "But if that happened, it's very disappointing."

Todd Seyler, a Dodgers strength and conditioning coach, said he met with some Albuquerque prospects in May 1999, which was Scioscia's first and only season as the Dukes manager.

"Seyler began talking with five of the Dukes players about using performance-enhancing substances," the report read. "All five players expected to be called up to the Dodgers later in the season and they all wanted to be in 'peak physical condition.' "

According to the report, the players were catcher Paul Lo Duca and pitchers Ricky Stone, Mike Judd, Matt Herges and Jeff Williams.

"Before a game in mid-July, 1999, Seyler said the players met to inject themselves with the steroids," the report read. "The five players and Seyler all injected themselves with steroids at the apartment."

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