Will Mitchell bare teeth?

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:24 AM ET

Used to be the most memorable Mitchell associated with Major League Baseball was Kevin Mitchell.

He was the National League MVP winner with the 1989 San Francisco Giants.

This afternoon former U.S. Senator George Mitchell will unveil his long-awaited Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs.

There could be 100 names of players or maybe 80 or 50? The Mitchell report was given to MLB earlier this week, so the commissioner's office could make sure the report did not violate the Basic Agreement.

Will the Mitchell report prove once and for all Mark McGwire was a user?

Will players be suspended? Does Mitchell have that authority?

Will your favourite player/team be in the midst of all this?

The point is the Mitchell report will probably show that Barry Bonds, charged with perjury, is not the only player under suspicion.

No less than three Bobby Mitchells played in the big leagues. The Mitchell report has the chance to create more headlines than any of the combined trio did in 520 games with Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Minnesota.

And there will be valid complaints from the Players Association.

George Mitchell is a paid director of the Boston Red Sox and therefore part of management.

He's far from being independent and has been accused of having a conflict of interest. Mitchell denies he can profit from the sale of the club.

Will any Boston players be named?

During the post-season as Boston played the Cleveland Indians, news broke that Indians' Paul Byrd had bought HGH. Some accused Mitchell of leaking the story.

Mitchell and his investigators worked 20 months and outside of Jason Giambi had little help from current players.

Managers and general managers were interviewed. Then, Mitchell's team moved on to clubhouse managers and trainers. They asked for floor plans of clubhouses. Who lockered on either side of player X?

While it's believed he did not obtain a lot of information, he'd best be critical of MLB or the U.S. Congress will jump in with another set of hearings.

And baseball was terribly slow, naive and misguided as home runs exploded in the previous decade.

Bonds used a Sambat, made of Canadian maple. So experts examined if maple makes a ball travel further than the normal ash.

More experts were sent to Costa Rica where baseballs were made to examine if the balls were wound too tight or a glue used was affecting the distance a ball would travel.

All the while the problem was not with a bat factory or a baseball assembly line, it laid inside the clubhouse.

While gaining little co-operation from players, the investigation made strides when former New York Mets clubhouse attendant, Kirk Radomski, pled guilty to charges of distributing performance-enhancing drugs to players. Radomski co-operated with Mitchell.

Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmiero, Ken Caminiti and Juan Gonzalez have had their names linked to performance-enhancing drugs.

The Mitchell report is as much anticipated as any baseball document going back to the commissioner's report on the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.

But owners are not staying away from players. Like Kansas City signing Jose Guillen to a three-year, $36 million US deal.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported he bought $19,000 of steroids and human growth hormone. The day he signed he was given a 15-day suspension.

Will the report have teeth? Will the majority of the players be retired 25th men? Will MVPs and all-stars be named? Is the earth going to move this afternoon? Is a s--- storm coming as the Trailer Park Boys would ask?

Or could it be as memorable as Monroe Mitchell, who pitched 10 games for the 1923 Washington Senators.


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