WNBC in New York posted what it cited as a list of players expected to be on the Mitchell Report that will be announced at 2 p.m. ET. Major League Baseball officials already have refuted several names on the list. It’s one of the first examples of the slippery slope on this matter, with star athletes’ names now in a different public light. What is your reaction to seeing these names you follow so closely? Whatever you are seeing, feel free to post URLs here. It’s almost time for former Sen. George Mitchell to state the case. UPDATED 12:19 p.m.: WNBC has just deleted the entire list it had posted, and now that’s a two-paragraph article with no names. Deadspin.com posted what appears to be the same list, forwarded by "25" people, "for fun" — again containing inaccuracies according to MLB officials. Hundreds of commenters are nevertheless picking it apart. It is obvious that this becomes all about the names within nanoseconds of Mitchell’s forthcoming announcement. So far, however, journalistic responsibility is not a top priority on this day. How many players on this "for fun" list will be able to undo that listing on a day like this? We’ll see.
Zack Hample, the first fan MLBlogger (circa April 2005) and author of the book "Watching Baseball Smarter," just posted this on his The Baseball Collector blog: "History is about to unfold before us. This report will be talked about for generations. Millions of fans might be alienated, but in the long run the sport will survive. It’s a beautiful game. The people in it right now might not be, but baseball will cleanse itself."