Mitchell Report Leaves Questions and Demands Answers

By: Linsey Davis, ABC News
By: Linsey Davis, ABC News

Foul ball.

That was the conclusion of the Dec. 13 Mitchell Report, which detailed rampant use of banned substances by professional baseball players.

Many famous names now stand accused.

And there's no clear indication of what will happen to them or to the game.

The report is released. The names are out. The asterisks forthcoming.

Baseball's judgment day has come, but it's a long way from being over.

"They're cheaters! I thought Roger Clemens was all about the work ethic, but it's really all about the steroids," said one baseball fan.

Some see the mention of Roger Clemens in the Mitchell Report as a curve ball.

Otherwise, there was nothing particularly out of left field in the investigation by former Senator George Mitchell, that criticized illegal substance use in baseball.

"I think it's best we not jump to conclusions, but there's no doubt players have sullied the game," said President Bush.

Mitchell talked about looking toward the future, but now that he's exposed the past, there are new questions.

"I think this is going to cripple any chance he has of going to the Hall of Fame," said Steve Phillips, an ESPN analyst

Clemens' lawyer denies all the charges and calls it slander.

Tom Quinlan, who spent years struggling in the minor leagues, calls it unfair.

"I feel there were guys who made it that I was just as good as, and then they just got that little extra help," said Quinlan, a former Minor League player.

In all about 85 players were named including 31 All-Stars like David Justice, Andy Pettitte and Gary Sheffield.

Seven Most Valuable Players, including Jose Canseco and home run king Barry Bonds.

Critics of the report say the only new information is the names, which could be the biggest hit to the sport.

A former trainer told Mitchell he began injecting Clemens with steroids in 1998.

The baseball commissioner says he plans to look at each instance on a case by case basis.

The Mitchell Report named 85-present and former players.

Mitchell says all were given the chance to defend themselves.

Virtually all declined.


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