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Update, (07/30/09): Ortiz, Manny named on 2003 list
In news that is spreading like wildfire, the 2003 list of the 103 MLB baseball players who tested positive for steroids has been potentially leaked to the public. Rotoinfo.com posted the story this morning and it has been the talk of the town all day.
The biggest problem with the list is that the reports are completely unconfirmed by any major news source. Yes, this would make it a text book definition of a “rumor”, but come on, nobody else is backing this story up at all. Here is the list as it appears exactly at rotoinfo.com:
16. Aaron Boone
85.Valerio de los Santos
94.Paul Lo Duca
Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa, who have already been named, make their appearance here, and so does the biggest name of them all: Barry Bonds. Other names that have been connected to BALCO and the Mitchell Report are also here.
What stands out the most to us are the first eight names. Apparently the 2003 Red Sox were all just hopped up on juice. Those wishing for Ortiz to get busted are glad to see his name here and Manny’s name would be no surprise to anyone. Nomar Garciaparra’s sudden decline in his career has been the subject of possible “juicing” rumors.
The biggest blow would come in the form of Pedro Martinez. It would be a real tragedy is his career was tainted by performance enhancing drugs.
I was surprised to see that Albert Pujols was not named. Apparently he is the only clean player in baseball.
The odds of this list being fake are 99.9%. It just seems like somebody made it up in order to cause a media hailstorm and give their name some free advertising. Well, it is apparently not working as no major media outlets are taking it seriously.
However, if it is true, then many great names will be tarnished forever and what many people have been suspicious of for years will become a reality.