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For over a year now, former Sen. George Mitchell has investigated allegations of steroid use in Major League Baseball. (Bud Selig, the Commissioner of Baseball, asked Mitchell to head the inquiry). As you read this, the senator is on a dais at the Grand Hyatt New York, delivering his long-awaited report to the press, fielding questions from reporters.

Alan Schwarz, of The New York Times, is there, taking notes, readying to write. He'll join us in the second hour after the news conference for a few precious minutes to talk about what Mitchell's report says. With whom did the senator talk? Did he name names? Will the report matter? Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game, will talk to us too. What questions do you have about Sen. Mitchell's investigation?

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I'm not clear on why Congress should be involved at all. Isn't this a matter for the league, the union, and their customers/fans? I'd prefer my elected representatives to focus their attention on running the country, not micromanaging a sport.

Sent by Nathaniel in Madison Heights, Michigan | 3:21 PM | 12-13-2007

After skimming through the list, I read that many of the names were "guilty by association." One of the bigger names included was Brian Roberts, and he was just introduced to Radomski but never purchased from him. The only account was another player saying that Roberts "admitted" to using drugs. What will happen to those names that were guilty by association?

Sent by Jordan | 3:25 PM | 12-13-2007

We keep focusing on Baseball but the mentality behind the cheating in baseball is the same mentality that is woven through and through the culture: you need an edge to be competitive, rules are made to be broken, lies are truth if we tell them enough and responsibility is what the other guy should accept.

Lying, cheating and duplicity is endemic in our culture, why should we be surprised when it happens in Baseball. Let's get the liars out of office first, then lets worry about the liars in the clubhouse.

Sent by George from Oregon | 3:46 PM | 12-13-2007

The steriod issue is now an 'endemic' as George said above, because there has been a lot at stake for a very big and booming business.

Think of it this way. In any other sport, like Nascar for instance, do they allow drivers to cheat? Anyone reading this should be saying to themselves..."Hmmmm...no. They actually penalize those that cheat because it makes an unfair field or advantage to those with different weights or something."

I don't know much about car maintenance or cheating in Nascar, but the sport itself has been the number one fan-based-moneymaking sport for years. Baseball on the other hand, sucked when it came to producing money prior to 1994 and for a couple of the following years. So commissioners, players, and even fans don't want to lose the big hitters or the household names because since the homerun derby of MacGuire and Sosa, baseball has been booming.

We live off of this, any business does, so why make it easy to test or possible to test those that create your money? It's very sad, but a definite truth and a sore eye for someone who played in college...(those of us, that didn't have the 'right stuff')

Sent by Joseph Harris | 5:12 PM | 12-14-2007