In the week since A-Rod’s name came up on SI.com, there has been much said about whether the names of the 103 other players on the list should be released.
The answer is no. No, and no.
Although some say it’s not fair A-Rod got all the blame (or attention, whatever you call it) and the others should get the blame too. Releasing the list will create more problems.
For instance, it will create suspicions about more players. We’d have a list of additional players who tested positive and that would create more animosity in the clubhouses nationwide. This is something we don’t need.
The Players Union needs to crack down on who released A-Rod’s name. The survey was supposed to be confidential. It was supposed to be a way for MLB to gauge how many players were actually using. Now it’s become a circus.
Jason at Heartland Pinstripes echoes similarly.
But are we really now alerted to the fact that baseball’s records set, met, and challenged during the past two decades are suspect? after Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro, Clemens, Sosa, and more? Are we now to believe that releasing the other 103 names, again in all likelihood against their will and countermanding the negotiated structure of the 2003 tests, would somehow bring peace of mind about baseball’s milestones and closure to the steroids problem? The 2003 test results themselves, when they occurred and even with the anonymity, have already revealed much, and did so years ago well before the illegal leaking of A-Rod’s name.
Not only does the Player’s Union need to take action and Donald Fehr needs to stop ignoring calls from the press, MLB needs a new commissioner. Selig made a big embarassment of himself by contemplating punishment for A-Rod, then quoting that he has been cracking down on PED use the last decade.
Decade? Make that 4 years.
Time to move on. I hope other MLB players know this is it. The big brouhaha went down and if others go down, the game will go down.