With the recent news of Alex Rodriguez testing positive for a banned performance enhancing drug in 2003 as part of MLB's "anonymous" testing policy, steroids have once again reared their ugly head.
Over the last couple of days, I have heard several sportscasters, reporters, and even former players suggest that the only way to put the issue of steroid usage in baseball behind us is to reveal the list of 103 other players who tested positive along with Alex Rodriguez.
Unfortunately, there is one major problem with that idea which will prevent the game of baseball from getting closure. It will allow the cheaters who beat the test to get away Scot-free, and continue to claim that they didn't use performance enhancing drugs to boost their stats.
We all know that the drug tests administered to all 1,000 MLB players in 2003 did not catch every user. Tests are not perfect, and the players themselves know that. However, there is no way for the players who used steroids for any part of the 2003 season to know if their name is actually on that list, considering that they were all administered a test at some point throughout the year.
Rather than simply reveal the list, I suggest that each player who was active in 2003 is asked under oath and with full immunity if there is any possible way their name is on the list of the 104 players that tested positive for steroids.
I guarantee that you will get more than 104 admissions. If anyone answers "no" and commits purjury under oath, they will be in the same boat as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
Given the option of further persecution or closure, most players will come clean. Allowing the league to finally move forward with baseball and leave all of this boring steroid talk behind us.
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