MLB Doping: Whodunit? Let Us Know and Release the Names

BOSTON - JULY 30:  Designated hitter David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox jogs to home plate after hitting 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)
The Mad HatterContributor IAugust 5, 2009

Secrets; secrets are no fun, unless they're shared with everyone.

This is most definitely the case with the 2003 steroid report. We as fans are being forced to watch every game wondering if the 400 home runs our favorite player has amassed were legit or not.

If Major League Baseball ever wants to move past the steroid era and regain respectability, they need to release all of the names on the report. Doing so would hopefully give fans a few names to rally around in these dark times.

Putting all of the names on the list out in the public allows Major League Baseball to promote the game behind clean players as well as to give young fans heroes that won't disappoint later.

Another reason the list should be made public is that whoever is releasing a name here and there clearly is not being fair to the players whose names were made public.

Granted, I am not here to say Manny Ramirez or David Ortiz deserve to have their cheating hidden, but why release just those two names when there were clearly others who did the same? It isn't fair to pick and choose who to invalidate and who to keep hidden.

I really wonder what the MLB has to gain by keeping this list confidential. I know they, along with the writers, will look quite foolish if they end up voting a player or two who used into the Hall of Fame after taking such a harsh stand against players like Mark McGwire.

Also, players who are clean are being lumped in with this era and their hard earned stats are being looked at with doubt.

So, for the sake of baseball fans, release the list. For the sake of today's true, clean stars, release the list. For the sanctity of the Hall of Fame, please MLB, release the list!

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