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I'm posting this thread for general discussion today, because there are a lot of things going on -- you wouldn't expect that in the middle of December, would you?

Use this thread for discussing the Mitchell Report press conference, scheduled for 1 pm CT, and the Bud Selig Embarrassed Throat-Clearing press conference, scheduled for 3:30 pm CT.

You can start with this: there's a radio report out that Roger Clemens is going to be named. (I'm guessing that, if true, that ends Clemens' career. Discuss.)

You can also discuss here the non-tendering of Mark Prior, and any of the rest of the non-tenders made yesterday; this Bruce Miles article which says the Cubs might actually be coming around to modern-day thinking about baseball statistics; the announcement that the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns the Cell, might be interested in buying Wrigley Field (you can also discuss that issue in kaseyi's diary on the right sidebar (incidentally, though some posters there seem to be horrified by the idea of naming rights to Wrigley Field, it doesn't bother me in the least. I go to games to see games; if it's, say, "Motorola Park at Wrigley Field", so what? That doesn't change the baseball played within), or any of the other baseball-related items that have come out in the last couple of days, including confirmation in this Paul Sullivan article that:

[Kosuke] Fukudome will wear No. 1 and has asked to wear his first name on the back of his jersey, as Ichiro Suzuki does in Seattle.

In this article about the Fukudome signing on the Cubs website, they already invite you by a link at the top of the page to "Customize a Fukudome jersey". I imagine that those will be on sale at the stores around the ballpark within a day or two after he's officially introduced at a news conference.

Once the news conference is over and I have a chance to at least scan through the Mitchell Report (which is supposed to be more than 300 pages long), I'll try to write up some sort of recap of all of it later this afternoon.