Two More Names From The List Of 104

Theo GeromeCorrespondent IIIJuly 30, 2009

BOSTON - JULY 27: David Ortiz #34 and Manny Ramirez #24 of the Boston Red Sox embrace during a game with the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on July 27, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Here we go again...

Remember that 2003 Steroid list Bud Selig wishes would go away? The one with 102 unreleased names on it that we still don’t know, in addition to Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa? Well, get your pens and scorecards ready, it’s time to cross of two more names.

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

Manny doesn’t seem surprising, especially following his suspension earlier this year. Ortiz seems to have fallen under suspicion following his slow start to the year.

Four down, 100 to go.

Selig needs to cut to the chase and release the names. By now, it should be obvious it won’t go away. Unless he releases the names, they will slowly trickle out. Sports writers and lawyers have already shown that they are  more than willing to release the little bits they know.

This does seem to bring up a new issue though: just how comprehensive was the Mitchell Report. Shouldn’t George Mitchell have had access to the test results? That could have made the search that much more complete.

It gives him links to known cheaters for questioning. So far, though, we have only got four names of this list, and none of them made the Report. These two do fall under the suspiciously large gap in the report in regards to the Red Sox.

This is just my knee-jerk reaction, though. I do feel there should be some form of punishment for steroid users, if only in the form of an asterisk that negates the worth of records and awards. Steroids were completely against the rules of baseball; just because there was no test does not make it okay to go against these rules.

Sorry for interjecting my opinion. In any case, back to my original point: The names need to come out. The sooner they’re out, the sooner we can return our attention to the important things in the game, like the trade deadline and the playoff runs.