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The Steroid Band Aid

Posted on: August 5, 2009 12:28 pm

Hank Aaron has stated that all the names on the 2003 steroid list need to be released for baseball to move forward and I completely agree with him.  To have another name come out every six weeks or so only brings the issue to the forefront of people’s minds just as it was starting to subside.  We are at the point where everyone probably has a good idea of who will be on the list and short of a few names there will be little surprise.

There was an unconfirmed list floating around the internet a few weeks back.  Not only was every player on that list not a surprise, but there were connections between most of the players, such as confirmed names Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.  Most players had at least one or two teammates on the list.  There were a few Giants, a few Cubs, a few Blue Jays, a few Dodgers, etc.

With the exception of a handful of players everyone on the unconfirmed list was a notable or recognizable name.  Not necessarily all super stars like Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, but players that most fans who follow the game somewhat closely would know. 

While that list may be unconfirmed, in my opinion it is probably pretty accurate.  When I read the list about a month ago both Manny and Ortiz were on it.  Now they are confirmed. There was also one player on the list who is an Arizona product that was a known user among Arizona community college players. The information is out there.  Baseball would behoove itself by taking care of the problem with one big blow.  There are no real surprises and only people benefiting from the gradual release of the names are the people who are selling that information piece mail to the media.  Just like in a twelve step program the first step to baseball’s rehabilitation is admitting they had a problem and condemning the guilty players.

If baseball was smart they would recognize that they have a great group of exciting and talented players who have come up in the last three years and can bring baseball out of the steroid era.  These players deserve to compete in an environment that is devoid of steroid suspicion.  Players like Ryan Braun, Jason Bay, and Tim Lincecum can give baseball the fresh start that they need.  Releasing the list could also relieve suspicion that is now surrounding its best hitter, Albert Pujols, who was not on the unconfirmed list, and allow him to pursue the Triple Crown with the genuine support of fans.


Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2009 1:17 pm

The Steroid Band Aid

...but is the list correct?

I am not for full disclosure.  It's partly because I agree that the names will be leaked out slowly to get the biggest noise possible.  It seems that some of the people that have this confidential information are definitely trying to push an agenda about how widespread steroid use  was and that there were a lot of tainted superstars.  Putting out the list is not a magic bullet for "fixing" that time period in baseball.

There are a few problems with putting everything out there all at once.  Do we really want to move past this quickly?  I agree that it's a black mark on baseball, but it seems to easy to publish the list and say that it was an old problem, things have been fixed, and we're past that now.  It's obviously not a problem that's gone away when we see a big name like Manny get suspended for a positive test.  There are also doubts around the accuracy of the data.  MLB and the union have stated that some of the results were not necessarily accurate and weren't retested because it wasn't necessary given the number of positives.  The flip side is that publishing the names of all 103 would imply that everyone not on the list was clean.

I still think this is an issue that has no easy answer.  We can't simply rewrite history and have a black and white list of who needs the * and who doesn't.  What really needs to happen is a dialogue about how we want to view that time in baseball and whether we can live with the fact that we will never know who was really clean and if that matters to us now. 

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2009 9:02 am

The Steroid Band Aid

The list should be broadcast everywhere! These players are a joke! They use ILLEGAL drugs to pump up their numbers and then sign their huge contracts with absolutley no remorse. Only time they are sad is when they get caught. The got their money for fudging their numbers and so what? Have you ever heard any of them offer their pay back because their performance was enhanced and thus did not do it on their own? Read your local paper every day, there is a police blog that anyone caught doing something illegal is put right on their, so why should professional athletes be any different? Because they play and get paid enormous amounts of money they get a free pass? It is time to fire the cheaters, make them pay back their earnings for being cheaters and fans like myself to take a stand and be sick of it.
Let us know who cheats and who does not so we can support those working hard and ban those hardly working.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2009 9:42 pm

The Steroid Band Aid

     Personally, I think the list should be kept private. The guys who did take steroids made a mistake, and I dont think their personal business should be thrown out in the open. Yes, they are public figures, but they are allowed to have privacy and secrets.
     A doctor isn't permitted to release a patients medical files, or what treatments or medicines they may be taking. And I believe this should fall into the same handeling. Its their bodies, and whatever was put into it should be private. Its their business, not ours.
     I'm not advocating taking steroids here. I just don't see it as the publics business. These people are exposed to us fans so much, that we believe we have the right to know everything. These are humans, just like you. They are essentially, exactly like all of us. And most people wouldn't like these things to be public about them.

     I am excited for the future to see the great players who play without the use of steroids and see the difference in the game. I am pretty young at 16 years old and haven't had the chance to experience the game to it's fullest by watching it and seeing how well everyone is with their natural strengths.

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