In light of the recent Manny Ramirez suspension and with more and more people to come i'm sure it is becoming more and more obvious that we need to disclose all the names of the people who test positive for steroids before it became illegal to use.
And I am compiling my own little list of people Bud Selig may be protecting, most likely to protect baseballs "purity," however something Mr. Selig needs to realize is if he just cuts his loses now and tries to improve on his drug testing policies. Which I admit he has done a better job of doing recently, than baseball can finally revert to a sport where it doesn't seem like cheating is rewarded and honest play is punished.
I'm not trying to be a Jose Canceso type person and rat out or issolate everyone I am just giving the people whom Bud Selig very well might be protecting and why he is keeping information confidential. So without further ado here is a list of possible people Bud Selig could be protecting that would justify him NOT disclosing the list of steroid abusers back in '03-04.
Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals 03'-04')
I hear it no matter where I go, "If I find out Albert Pujols took steroids than he will be last pure power hitter to fall." I have a feeling that Albert abused during his during his tenure with St. Louis, specially during the start of his career. Think about it, he is a late pick that was on no ones radar and turns into the best hitter in baseball.
Were the scouts that naive back then to just overlook this guy? Even Dustin Pedrioa got picked in a decent round yet Albert Pujols got overlooked. If I were I would of used steroids too just to prove these guys that overlooked me were wrong, and i'm positive right now a lot of teams are regretting not picking him. However much I want to say that he didn't take most of the signs show that he most likely did.
Johan Santana (Minnesota Twins 03'-04')
A similar situation like Albert except Johan got traded what three times? To the Brewers and than finally ended up in Minnesota. He has one of the most lively arms I have ever seen and locates like a pro, since his rookie year.
It is possible like Andy Pettitte he also did steroids to improve his career, however evidence points toward not because he has transitioned nicely from the AL Central to the NL East, one of the better hitting teams in the NL.
Derek Jeter (New York Yankees in '03-04)
The Captain of the Yankees, the heart and soul of that team for the past decade, Captain Clutch, whatever you want to say about Derek Jeter, good or bad he has been one of if not the biggest name in baseball. If Jeter did steroids than the entire Yankee franchise might as well be lost, I know it sounds very gloomy for Yankee fans however Jeter is the guy in New York.
Mark Teixeira (Texas Rangers '03-04)
I always found it strange how Tex could have such slow starts and it was also rumored that A-Rod introduced steroids to Teixeira, Michael Young, and Hank Blalock, among other Ranger players at the time. At the time Teixeira was one of the blooming sluggers in the game and was to be considered one of the future top hitters in the AL. I can see why Teixeira would have reason to use steroids.
Roy Halladay (Toronto Blue Jays '03-04)
As much as I hate to admit it Doc would be a person I would go to no ends to protect if he used steroids, which is why it would make perfect sense for Selig to not want people to know he did steroids.
However something that makes me think he may not have don't steroids is the fact that he hasn't been seriously injured yet, although he has had nagging injuries that steroids would of helped him fight through though...so it makes a lot of sense that Halladay may have done steroids despite how much I love his durability and how he pitches.
Travis Hafner (Cleveland Indians '03-04)
This was Hafner's first season with the Indians after the Rangers traded him. I can't help but notice Hafner's recent injuries that didn't plague him until recently. Hafner also had only one thing going for him, the bat because he cannot field very well or run the bases.
So to increase the only bright spot on Hafner he used steroids makes good sense and also Hafner was a big time slugger before he went down due to injury and that pitiful .197 batting average.
Magglio Ordonez (Chicago White Sox '03-04)
If you look at his stats you ll see something interesting from 1999-2002 Magglio consistently hit 30+ HR with 110+ RBI .300+ Batting Average and than after the '03 season which was his one off season, well most people don't consider it off his stats were still great just not those numbers, and suddenly he falls off the radar.
Look kind of suspicious? I think Magg tested positive in the list of the many people Bud Selig is protecting by not disclosing that list to the public.
Chipper Jones (Atlanta Braves '03-04)
Another one of my personal hero's growing up watching baseball I could see why Bud Selig wouldn't want to disclose that Chipper has done steroids. This would almost certainly cause a riot from the entire baseball community and I respect the heck out of Chipper, but there still is something that says he might have and Bud Selig is trying to cover it up.
It just makes too much sense it is almost too perfect not to be true, in my opinion. I pray everyday though that Chipper did not do any kind of steroids.
Carlos Beltran (Kansas City Royals/Houston Astros '03-04)
Carlos has been a five tool player since his rookie year, which makes him perfect for steroid use, he has power and speed something hitters like Grady Sizemore of today possess. He was the biggest thing in Kansas City during his tenure there, along with Juan Gonzalez at least. I can see his motivation for wanting to do steroids those Royals were a decent enough hitting team back then.
Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal Expos (Washington Nationals) '03-04)
You have got to love Vlad's swing, almost too much the beefy RF has been able to hit unrealistic home runs his entire careers. The thing that gets me about Vlad is his ability to hit a HR on a pitch that isn't even close to the strike zone, much like Manny Ramirez.
Vlad is a pure power swinger who almost no doubt swings for the fences on almost every swing. Vlad was a consistent 40+ HR hitter until after the '02-03 season which makes me wonder about him and should make any baseball fan wonder.
Ivan Rodriguez (Florida Marlins/Detroit Tigers '03-04)
This guy went from a 20-30 HR guy in the 1990s-2000s to not hitting 20 HR in a single season again since his 25 HR season with Texas in 2001 that right there is the most interesting thing to note. Rodriguez has been one of the better catchers in recent memory and will most likely go down in the hall of fame, if there isn't any evidence pointing toward steroids before he reaches the hall of fame.
Chris Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals '03-04)
As I watch Carpenter struggle to get through a month without being injured I can't help but notice how he used to dominate the league back when. Him and Mark Mulder never figured out how to stay off the DL as of lately, and those two were who the Cardinals were willing to rely on every year to lead them to the promise land, I guess that didn't work out too well for the Cardinals did it?
Anyway Carpenter most likely did steroids to get through those injuries that haunt him now faster, and he could more easily fight through nagging injuries while still dominating the league.
People I looked at but didn't include in this article:
Mark Buehrle, Mariano Rivera, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome, Hank Blalock, Michael Young, Kevin Millwood, Paul Byrd, Torri Hunter, Bobby Abreu, C.C. Sabathia, Richie Sexson, Andruw Jones, Derek Lowe, Kevin Gregg, Carlos Delgado, Scott Rolen, Troy Glaus, Billy Wagner, Chase Utley, Adam Dunn, John Lackey, Juan Rivera, Kelvim Escobar, Carlos Lee, Lance Berkman, Bill Hall, Mike Cameron, Milton Bradley, Derek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Jason Bay, Jeff Weaver, Cliff Floyd.
As we move forward with the next generation of hitters and pitchers Bud Selig has a very important question on his hand, do we allow this to continue or do we work on the technology that will make it possible to find people who use HGHs and other forms of Performance Enhancing Drugs that have dominated this baseballs era, the Steroid Era is not even close to over, in fact it is my worst fear that it has just begun.
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