As more time has passed, more major league baseball players names have come out on "The List" of players that tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003. Seven players results from this anonymous test in 2003 are now public knowledge. Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Jason Grimsley, David Segui, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez have all been named from the list of 104 players that took this anonymous test in 2003 and tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
With the steroid era seeming everyday as if it were going to come to an end, another player that tested positive for performance enhancing drugs is either the daily topic from sports media or willingly comes forward themselves and admits that they also used performance enhancing drugs at some point in their career. More recently, Bronson Arroyo admitted that he also used performance enhancing drugs in 2003 and "wouldn't be surprised to find his name on the list as well". Bronson and I share the same view when it comes to the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball:
In my mind, I think you have to lump the whole era together. A lot of people were doing it, a lot weren’t. I think pitchers probably gained three or four mph on their pitches and power hitters got some more power.
With the amount of players that are on the 2003 list alone, it shows how many players, percentage wise, were using performance enhancing drugs. I'm at the point where I don't care who did and who didn't. I'm ready to move on, forgive and forget and continue to watch baseball as a fan.
The 2004 World Series
With all the publication about Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz being on the list, added to the admission of Bronson Arroyo's PED use, people are beginning to call into question the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series victory. All who can say that they honestly believe that no other World Series winning team during the steroid era had absolutely no players using performance enhancing drugs on their roster are free to say whatever they would like about the Red Sox World Series run in 2004. For those of you that know that every single team had players using performance enhancing drugs that has won a World Series in past fifteen years, understand that it wasn't just a Red Sox dilemma.
I will be forever proud of what the Boston Red Sox accomplished in 2004 and again in 2007 whether players were or were not juicing. I'm completely convinced that 80% or more players in major league baseball used performance enhancing drugs while playing (Jose Canseco's percentage from Juiced). It's no longer a secret that players used performance enhancing drugs, I can assure you that the other 97 players names on that list were not all a part of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. I can't guarantee anything, but you can bet that of those other 97 players, some had to have been on the rosters of the 2005 Chicago White Sox and 2006 St. Louis Cardinals. I'm sure if you continue down the list of World Series winners, players on those teams will also have their names released in the near future.
Publishing The List
The question posed to you is whether or not you feel the 2003 list of 104 players that tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003 should be released to the public in it's entirety. A clearing of the air to finally move on and put the steroid era to rest or a shredding of the list in an attempt to erase the steroid era from baseball while moving forward. Either way, moving forward is the final goal, it's all a matter of which way you feel it should be approached.
Should "The List" Of Players That Tested Positive For Performance Enhancing Drugs in 2003 Be Released To The Public
- Yes (72%, 38 Votes)
- No (28%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 53
Let us know what you think as well as why you feel that way in the comments section below.
Thanks to runemaster for the picture of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz while they were both with the Boston Red Sox.