I don't want to underestimate the severity of the Mitchell Report, or the problems with steroid use in Baseball. I've read a lot of the huge raft of coverage. While there's been a lot, I think most of it has been more or less appropriate.
The one little bit I might add is this: Looking at the list of players, I'm not really shocked. Clemens has crafted such a great image, but I always thought it was a bit odd that he could do so well for so long without really seeming to try that hard. Randy Johnson is older but most stories about him contain a phrase something like "legendary work ethic" and they never really said that about Clemens. Johnson is also one of those guys who is so tough, I think he just eats nails for breakfast.
The thing I loved seeing is how clean the NL Champion Colorado Rockies were; one pitcher was named from the pennant-winning staff of -- I dunno, about a hundred pitchers.
The great young guys, Tulo and the rest of them, all came up in an era when college and low minor leagues tested for steroids all the time, and the educational effort about the dangers seems to have worked. These were great young players who knew they'd just have to make it on skill and work, and so they worked really hard and made it. The D-backs have a bunch of similar players, and a few other teams.
I was also happy to see Todd Helton's name NOT on the list. There were some crappy phony allegations against him a couple years ago, and with this it should be clear that nothing but hard work and natural ability has gotten Helton to where he is.
Another team with a lot of great young (clean) players, it pains me to say, the Red Sox. Sure, their great starting pitching was mostly poached from the NL, it was the young hitters who won the playoffs for the Red Sox. The most notable player on the list from the Red Sox is Eric Gagne, who gagged so badly during the regular season that he was a nonfactor in the playoffs.
So, while I think the Mitchell report is important, I also think that it's looking at yesterday's problems. The named players are all fading away, finally, and the game is getting better. The 2007 season, I think, showed that skill, hard work, good leadership and luck make for winning baseball and great entertainment. The whole Bonds/McGwire era is over. It was such a freakshow anyway.
How many days until Spring Training?