2003 Steroid Fallout: Why The Other 103 Names Should Not Be Released

Michael CarvelliContributor IFebruary 11, 2009

On Saturday, an article in Sports Illustrated came out that said that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was one of 104 players to test positive for steroids in 2003.

Just a few days later, Rodriguez admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003 in an interview with Peter Gammons.

This news shocked the entire sports world, and had many fans of our nation's pastime wondering that, if Alex Rodriguez was not clean—the man who was supposed to be the game's savior in these dark days of the "Steroid Era"—what other superstars could be guilty of this?

Now, many people are saying that the other 103 players that tested positive in the 2003 survey testing, which was supposed to be anonymous testing, should be revealed.

While it is true that Rodriguez should not be the only name thrown out, I am not sure if it is such a good idea that all of the names should be released.

Being a baseball fan my entire life, my favorite player has always been Randy Johnson. If they were to release all of the other names that tested positive and Johnson happened to be on that list of players, I would be heart-broken. Knowing that the player that I have idolized since I was five or six years old would go to those lengths would be devastating.

It is because of this that I believe, if the other names came out, a lot of fans would feel this way. So many people look up to these players, and if fans found out that even more superstars have used these drugs, it could be costly for the sport.

Now, it is possible that there are not a lot of big name players on this list, but I can assure you that it is definitely not one Alex Rodriguez along with 103 Gregg Zauns. It is much more likely that there could be at least a few more (I would say around 10-15) players that are household names.

It is clear that after this hectic week, baseball fans everywhere will now start to look a little more closely at who they pick out to be "heroes" because in these days of steroids and HGH, you never know what players are clean and which ones are not. 

Just look at our "savior".