Mitchell investigation would have fallen flat without the feds

Originally Published: December 13, 2007
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Over the 409 pages of the Mitchell report, one singular theme resonates more powerfully than all the rest: Only the enormous power of the federal government allowed former Sen. George Mitchell to produce the often-flawed but powerful document that now stands as baseball's official explanation of the years immediately leading up to and following the 1994 player strike.

Baseball executives Thursday viewed the report as the sport's only chance to begin a new history without ...

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