Chapter[ VIII. Information Obtained Regarding Other Players’ Possession or Use of
Steroids and Human Growth Hormone ]
Section[ Fernando Vina ]
Fernando Vina played several positions with five teams in Major League Baseball
from 1993 until 2004, the Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis
Cardinals, and Detroit Tigers. He played in the 1998 All-Star game and won two National
League Golden Glove Awards as a second baseman. During the 2007 baseball season, he was a
commentator for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.
While Radomski was working for the Mets as a clubhouse attendant in 1993, he
met Vina, who was then in the Mets minor league system. Radomski stated that he sold anabolic
steroids or human growth hormone to Vina six to eight times during 2000 to 2005. Radomski
produced three checks from Vina. Radomski stated that these checks reflected a March 2003
purchase by Vina of human growth hormone, an April 2003 purchase by Vina of steroids, most
likely Winstrol, and a July 2005 purchase by Vina of Deca-Durabolin.421 All of the checks are
included in the Appendix. One is shown below.
Radomski recalled details of these steroids sales, including a discussion with Vina
about how quickly Winstrol will “clear the body” and another discussion in which Vina said that
the July 2005 purchase of Deca-Durabolin was intended to assist Vina in preparing for spring
training in 2006. Vina’s name, with an address and two telephone numbers, is listed in the
address book seized from Radomski’s residence by federal agents.
In order to provide Vina with information about these allegations and to give him
an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me. He did not respond to my request.