The most intriguing facet of the Alex Rodriguez steroids controversy has nothing to do with the man himself. While Rodriguez has been given a throne built of broken promises and moral compromise, the world has been left to wonder: Who else tested positive for steroids in 2003?
Alex Rodriguez is one of the largest names to be implicated in the current Major League Baseball steroid debacle.
However, Rodriguez is only one of several test samples which were being stored together at a facility in California. In all, there were 104 samples. After Rodriguez’s name was leaked to the nation, the fans now want to know who the other 103 samples belong to.
Sure, there are easy answers. There are always Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and Barry Bonds to fall back on if a steroid scapegoat is an immediate need. But these retreads of steroid controversy are not what the fans desire.
Instead, the fans want to know what new faces will be seen if and when the remaining 103 names are released to the public.
There are arguments for both sides of this debate.
On one side, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association harshly opposes any further names being released to the public. Alex Rodriguez’s name was unintentionally leaked to Sports Illustrated, and if the MLBPA had it’s way, the rest of the names would be locked away forever.
After all, it is the responsibility of the Players’ Association to protect its players.
On the other side are those in favor of releasing the remaining player names. This side includes the majority of baseball fans as well as the media who are dying to know which players used performance enhancing drugs.
Most notably, Curt Schilling (on his “38 Pitches” blog) called for Major League Baseball to release the remaining 103 names. his motive was not to appease the public, however, but to clear the names of the remaining players who he claims had nothing to do with performance enhancing drugs (a group in which he includes himself).
While the debate rages on, the world is left to wonder who else might join A-Rod in baseball infamy. Rodriguez was one name out of 104, so now it is time to speculate over who might be in the remaining 103.
Here is a list of ten current and former Major League Baseball hitters who might be in the remaining 103 names. Feel free to comment, criticize, critique, and curse over who you think should and shouldn’t be included.
- C Javy Lopez
- 2B Bret Boone
- 3B Adrian Beltre
- OF Jim Edmonds
- 2B Jeff Kent
- OF Andruw Jones
- DH Jim Thome
- 1B Derrek Lee
- DH David Ortiz
- 1B Albert Pujols
Remember, this is a list of players who have not been named in any major steroid scandals to-date and could potentially be found among the remaining 103 test samples from 2003.
For detailed reports and in-depth statistical analysis of each plyer please follow this link to where this article is posted via Bleacher Report Slideshows:
Please comment (either on this site or on the Bleacher Report) with who you believe should and should not be included on this list.
Let’s have some good debate.