Next week, the Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2017 class. Notably absent from the list will be several prominent players whose performance merits induction, but whose careers were clouded by suspected or confirmed use of performance-enhancing drugs. For this week’s Mind Boggler, we’re asking you to name all of the former Mets players who were named in the Mitchell Report, which investigated the use of PEDs in baseball.
In 2006, Major League Baseball appointed former Senator George Mitchell to investigate the history and use of PEDs in the sport. The report described several PEDs that had become prevalent in baseball, named some of the individuals who supplied PEDs to players, and released the names of 89 players of whom there was significant evidence of PED use. The Mitchell Report helped raise awareness of the prevalence of PEDs in Major League Baseball, and its recommendations led to a strengthening of MLB’s drug-testing regime.
The players listed in the Mind Boggler all had at least one plate appearance or faced at least one batter with the Mets. The players are listed with the position at which they played the most innings in a Mets uniform. (One player had just one plate appearance as a Met and did so as a pinch hitter. His primary career position is listed alongside his name.)
You’ll have five minutes for this quiz. Good luck, and remember to post your time and score in the comments!