Major League Baseball: Why They Need to Release 2003 Steroid List

Steve ChottCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2009

BOSTON - JULY 30:  Designated hitter David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three-run home run against the Oakland A's in the seventh inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead on July 30, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

We have all heard of the secret 2003 baseball list by now. It is rumored to have big names, and we have even seen fakes pop up around the Internet.

Yesterday, two more names popped up from the list, the Boston Red Sox slugger "Big Papi" David Ortiz and former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez.

These two add to the 2003 list which also includes Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Jason Grimsley and 100 other people that we do not know at this time.

I think that we need to know though, we need to see this 2003 list.

In 2003 when those 104 players first took this test, the results were supposed to remain confidential and only for the MLB too see.

But in 2004 when federal investigators obtained search warrants for their BALCO investigation, they obtained this list.

So now that this previously secret list, is in the hands of someone other then the MLB we need to see it.

We know about it, and we have heard and have suspicions of who is on it.

If it was still confidential or we didn't know it existed then I would say that Major League baseball can keep it.

But now that players keep getting released off this list, we will keep hearing about it until we have heard all 104 names.

I say we get all 104 names out there now, and put this steroid list of 2003 behind us. Major League baseball wants to put steroids and this steroid era behind them and keeping this list secret isn't helping.

It's not a secret anymore so the list needs to be seen. We will talk about it for about a month like we did with the Mitchell Report and we will move on.