Mitchell Report Will Be Flawed, Insiders Say

Players, others complain of missteps in the investigation
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2007 11:21 PM CST
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, left, is joined by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig during a news conference in New York, in this March 30, 2006, file photo. Mitchell said...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – George Mitchell is poised to release his long-awaited report on steroid use in baseball—but many of those interviewed by his investigators have serious doubts it will solve anything, reports ESPN's Howard Bryant. Players, trainers and managers say the 20-month investigation has been hamstrung by tension between owners and the players' union, Mitchell's lack of understanding of baseball culture, and his professional ties to MLB.

Not one of the 750 players in the union is known to have voluntarily complied with the investigation, which lacked subpoena authority. Trainers complained of being pressured to make guesses about certain players. GMs are particularly worried they will take the fall. Said one, "If this thing comes out and pins everything on us, which is what I think will happen, then every GM in baseball should sue baseball."