Have you read the report????
1. To answer your question directly, no I don't think it was a total waste of time. Why? Because until they DEFINE the problem, they can't FIX the problem. The Mitchell report was done to fact find, define the issues at hand and how much of an issue they truly were, and offer suggestions to everyone on how to fix the issues. The report wasn't done to state the obvious - it NEVER states if performance enhancers are an issue or not. It goes on THAT basis. Of course it is an issue! One would have to be a moron to think it isn't! What Mitchell was hired to do is find out how much of an issue it was, how deep in MLB it is, and figure out how it can be dealt with. And after reading the report, I think that Mitchell did what he was supposed to do.
2. On the issue of Pettitte - HGH was illegal long before 2005. If you read the actual wording of the drug rules in baseball, it is officially labeled a "controlled substance" in the medical field. With this being the case, as soon as it received that label (I believe it was in the 1990's), it became illegal to use HGH without the direct care of a physician. This means that players and trainers couldn't bring the stuff into the clubhouse and use it. The doctor perscribing the stuff had to have direct contact with the patient, and the patient had to have regular visits to the perscribing physician to monitor the progress of the medication. HGH isn't a medication by law that a doctor can simply state "20 refills" on the script. EACH time the perscription is filled, the doctor has to be contacted and the order has to go through the doctor. Now how can someone "try" HGH twice in that environment? The only way is ILLEGALLY.
MLB rules state that no medication can be used for any other purpose than what it is approved for. Steroids and HGH have NEVER been approved by the FDA for performance enhancing. Nor is there significant data to support that they actually provide a service to athletes beyond healing from an injury. Now, are you going to tell me that a player uses HGH a couple of times for an injury on a "trial" basis? Even me - without a medical degree - can tell you that NOTHING will work if only tried two times to fix anything. It has to build up in your system. The only reason to use HGH is for its lack of detectability.
The Mitchell report offers some excellent suggestions. One of them is to have a completely independent testing process - as in a third party is responsible that doesn't work for or report to the Comminisher's office or the Player's Assoc. This testing/lab should be paid for to do so many tests per month at complete random, and they should have no connections with any aspect of baseball other than to submit their findings and get paid. Without this, no true, honest testing will ever commense.
I also find it sickening how much of a blind eye so many turned to it to put economic issues ahead of drug/health issues. And the more I read of the report, the less respect I have for the Player's Association. I had little respect to begin with, especially after the strike that just about destroyed the game of baseball. They think of one thing and one thing only - MONEY. It isn't about what is best for the players, but what is best for the players wallets. That isn't how to represent anyone. And I don't think they should be anywhere near deciding anything about drug testing - they have all but shown everyone where their "interests" lie. It certainly isn't for the best interests of anyone's well being.