Conte Tried to Blow the Whistle on Steroids

Almost the only name showing up positively in the Mitchell Report is Dodgers team trainer Stan Conte. He acted on his instincts and expressed concern about the use of steroids while others were signing for overnight shipments of illegal drugs.

  Dave Albee, writing in the Marin Independent Journal, wrote that When Conte was home in San Carlos sitting down to read it when his phone rang and he was told to skip to Page 121.

"As I have said previously, everything that was in the Mitchell investigation was, I believe, factual and true," Conte told Albee. "I answered all the questions as honestly as I possibly could. Everything falls where it falls."

Conte, who explained that he has been politely asked by the Dodgers to refrain from remarking further on the Mitchell Report, didn't look the other way, like most people in the game.

In 2000, when he was promoted to head trainer of the Giants, Conte was suspicious of Barry Bonds' personal trainers, Greg Anderson and Harvey Shields.

According to the Mitchell Report, Conte asked Anderson for a resume. Anderson indicated he had graduated from high school and that everything else was "pending."

Conte approached Giants general manager Brian Sabean, about restricting their access to the clubhouse and off-limit areas and Sabean told Conte he should confront Bonds.

When Conte asked for Sabean's support if Bonds objected, the Giants GM left Conte hanging, Albee remembers. Sabean does not recall that conversation, the Mitchell Report said.

In 2002, Conte was approached by an unnamed Giants player who said he was considering using steroids and was thinking about getting them from Anderson. Conte lectured the player about the health risks and, within an hour, told Sabean about the incident.

Again, Sabean suggested that Conte confront Anderson and Bonds. Conte refused, believing it was Sabean's responsibility to deal with the matter.

In 2003, Conte was asked to meet privately with the director of security for MLB. He asked Conte is there was anything his department could do to help him. "The horse already had left the barn and there's no need to close the door now," Conte replied, according to the Mitchell Report.

Approximately six months later - more than three years after Conte first saw warning signs and aired his misgivings - a search warrant was issued to Anderson's residence as part of the BALCO investigation.

The rest is history with an asterisk.

Albee concluded: "If more people such as Conte had raised questions and sought answers, baseball might have been more proactive than reactive about its problem with performance-enhancing drugs.

"Instead, we have a big mess on our hands and no one's quite sure how to handle it. We have some of the game's greatest players hiding behind denials. We have the Mitchell Report - my generation's Warren Commission - serving up the names of other players, albeit some of them through flimsy evidence.

"We have a baseball commissioner who should resign in the wake of this scandal because he's appointed and paid to oversee the game and all of this occurred on his watch and under his nose.

"But, on this holiday week, the spirit is about giving. There are plenty of lumps of coal to go around baseball, but we should appreciate the fact that at least one man, Conte, was wise enough to see the light when others chose to look away.

Santangelo "Embarrassed:--The comments that F.P. Santangelo made to Eric Byrnes on Byrnes' "Hustle" show on XM Radio recently should be required reading and listening. Santangelo, a former utility player with the Giants, A's and Dodgers (briefly) in his seven-year major league baseball career, was candid and came clean on his reasons for taking the Human Growth Hormone and the impact it's had on him and his family since he was named in the Mitchell Report.

The news caused Santangelo to huddle with his two children inside their house, trying to explain why there were so many television cameras and reporters parked outside, peering in.

?"Sitting your 12-year-old son and your 10-year-old daughter down on the couch, looking them in the eye, I've never been more nervous. I've never been more scared, and I've never been more ashamed," Santangelo told Byrnes.

"Sitting your kids down on the couch and telling them their dad's a cheater. He took the short cut, and he's going to pay for it and I hope it doesn't effect (them) in school. I hope it doesn't affect (their) life …"

?Basically taking performance drugs is not just an individual, selfish and stupid decision. It is far reaching. It touches everyone around you including the people who are nearest and dearest to you.

?Hopefully Santangelo's experience and revelation can have a positive impact on anyone who is thinking about cheating or anyone who has and won't admit it.

Chan-ho Promises to 'Rise Again'-- "I think how I do in 2008 will determine the rest of my career," Chan-ho Park told a press conference at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on recently. The Korean pitcher was about to head to the U.S. to join the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league team. "I'll do my best to rise again and not be overlooked."

Park confessed to being nervous about returning -- as nervous as he was when he first joined the Dodgers in 1994. But he said he's determined to work hard during spring training so that he can move up to the majors again, as long as he's psychically fit.

"I think increasing my aerobic exercise instead of weight training will help in preventing injuries," Park added. His ultimate dream remains to be a starting pitcher, Park said, rather than trying to remain in the big leagues if that means being sidelined to the bullpen.

Park will train privately in Los Angeles in January before heading to Florida in late February to join the Dodgers' spring training camp as an invited player.

Stu Nahan dies at 81 -- Longtime Los Angeles sportscaster Stu Nahan, also familiar to movie fans for his appearances in the series of "Rocky" films, died Wednesday. He retired from TV in 1999, and most recently did pre- and postgame radio shows for the Dodgers.

Nahan died at his home in Studio City. He had battled lymphoma since being diagnosed with that form of cancer in January 2006.

A former minor league hockey goalie, Nahan had been a sports anchor for three different television stations in Los Angeles. Among his other jobs, Nahan at one time worked telecasts of the Los Angeles Kings' NHL games.

Stu appeared in all five Rocky movies. The colorful and well-liked broadcaster was president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters. His tv sports anchoring began in the 1960s and over the decades he was on KABC/Channel 7, KNBC/Channel 4, and KTLA/Channel 5.  

In June 1987 Stu took over KABC's afternoon drive "SportsTalk" program. From 1986 to 1995 he was a part of KABC's popular morning drive show. For many years he hosted the Dodger pre-game show on KFWB.  

Earlier this year Stu was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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