The Mitchell Report was used for one intention only: To clean up baseball and formally acknowledge past steroid use. It is not, as Mitchell said, intended to be used for disciplining baseball players, it is to be used for future endeavors in dealing with steroids.
Mitchell even said in his press comments that he included player names due to (implied) pressure from everyone who wanted to see names of players. Did someone ever twist his arm and force him? No, but he knew what everyone wanted and he gave it to them.
Today baseball did what football and many sports need to do. They looked their biggest dark side into a positive.
The players listed in the report are NOT proven to have used steroids. There names were brought up one of three ways: The first two ways were by way of a former clubhouse attendant and a trainer. The other way was through curt documents of raided steroid distributors such as BALCO and the Florida warehouse.
forget the person that thinks this was funded by tax dollars. A private foundation can not use tax payer money to fund a private report.