What was the real reason for the mitchell report in baseball?

I've been hearing about it for about a month now and it puzzles me. Why was the mitchell report written in the first place? was it just written out of sheer curiousity or was their a legitimate reason for it being published? i'm not big into baseball but this report has really caused some controversy and i... show more I've been hearing about it for about a month now and it puzzles me. Why was the mitchell report written in the first place? was it just written out of sheer curiousity or was their a legitimate reason for it being published? i'm not big into baseball but this report has really caused some controversy and i am just wondering why was it written if it was going to cause this much controversy?
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