Another Steroid Leak: Its Time for Baseball to Move On

David BurnettCorrespondent IJuly 31, 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.   The drip, drip, drip of unsavory leaks in Major League Baseball’s steroid scandal continues.

Now we learn that Big Papi, aka David Ortiz, and his former Red Sox teammate, Manny Ramirez, both tested positive for steroids 6 years ago.   Ortiz and Ramirez are according to the New York Times among the 104 players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PED) in 2003 during a league-wide steroid testing survey.   It was a survey that was supposed to remain anonymous.  What a joke.

I’m prepared to argue over and over again until somebody hears me that the real story is why these names – certain names – continue to be leaked.   And what is the motivation behind those who are doing the leaking?  The fact remains these leaks are illegal.  But ironically according to the Times story those leaks came from a host of lawyers.

At this point there clearly is no way to stop other names from leaking out.  Too many people know who is on this formerly private list of players who tested positive.

So what can be done?   I believe we are now at a point where all the names should be released – let the chips fall where they may and get it over with.

If not, then these strategically placed leaks about who tested positive will continue.  Drip, drip, drip.

What has all of this gotten baseball?  Nothing.   Major League Baseball is a sport foolishly stuck in its past and bound to its historic records and long dead players.  As a result the beauty of the game itself has been clouded by an over-emphasis on records and an unholy worship of the distant past.    Baseball has created a situation where the stat-stuffers receive just as much acclaim as the winners of the World Series.    Little wonder that players will do anything, including take steroids or cheat in other ways, in order to gain an edge and personal fame.

Lastly, I believe this sorry saga will only go away when all parties involved in Major League Baseball once and for all stipulate that PED use was rampant during an approximate 20 year period and there is no way to ever know for sure who in baseball was using and who was clean.  Then they should state that they now have the best PED testing program in sports – which will catch present and future cheaters.  After that they should shut up about it and just move on.

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