It's Time For Baseball to Face The Music...Release The Rest Of The Names

william beovichContributor IJune 17, 2009

WASHINGTON - MARCH 17:  (R to L) Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles, former St. Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa of the Baltimore Orioles listen to testimony the House Committee hearing investigating steroid use in baseball on Capital Hill March 17, 2005 in Washington, DC. Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allen 'Bud' Selig will give testimony regarding MLB?s efforts to eradicate steriod usage among its players. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Well here we are baseball fans, of the 104 players that tested positive in 2003, two of them have leaked out and couldn't have been bigger names.

First it was Alex Rodriguez who could be the eventual all-time home run king. Now it's Sammy Sosa, the man who was a part of one of the most magical summers, while him and Big Mac chased the single season homerun record held by Roger Maris.

The past few years have been nothing but black eyes for baseball, with the BALCO hearings, Jose Canseco's book Juiced (The guy doesn't seem too stupid now does he?), to the Mitchell Report. Baseball has come a long way in testing and cleaning up itself, but there is one final step to finally end this horrible era.

Release the other 102 names that tested positive in 2003.

As many players have said, they want the names released so that their name will no longer be associated with the players who used them. It would also be the final step for baseball to move on.

If the list is not released, great accomplishments will be diminished because they came during the steroid era. This is unfair because I refuse to believe all those great seasons people had were due to steroids. Some were, but until the names are released we will never be able to determine which records to celebrate and which to condemn.

Sammy Sosa should never be selected into the Hall of Fame, due to his two major mistakes he made during his career. The first was the corked bat, and now the steroids.

I for one can't wait to hear what kind of an excuse he gives for taking them. Let's not forget then lying to Congress about using them. I'm sure it isn't against the law to do that.

While the players who tested positive can't be punished with suspensions, they can be exposed and will than face the mercy of the writers who vote on the Hall of Fame.

Bud Selig has one final step to finally cleanse baseball of this terrible era. Give us the other 102 names!