One of the worst kept secrets in baseball has come to light, as Sosa has been listed as one of the players who tested positive during the supposedly anonymous testing of 2003. His name follows Alex Rodiguez as the latest star to have his career blemished. I have a couple of problems with this.
First of all, this list was supposed to remain anonymous. Sure people think they are making a difference to clean up the game by leaking these names and embarrassing these players. I think they are further damaging the integrity of the league. This list was supposed to be anonymous, and the fact that these names are being leaked to the press reflects poorly on the people who were in charge of the testing program.
Secondly, who cares? A lot of players were juicing (5-7% of players reportedly tested positive of the 104), and players like Sosa do not deserve to have their Hall of Fame chances ruined. If I had a vote, Mark McGuire and Sosa would be checked off as Hall of Famers on my ballot. They were instrumental to baseball in the late 90’s, and no one should be able to take away from them what they accomplished.
Finally, players use all sorts of different supplements, including greenies, to improve their performance, so the guys who took steroids should not be blackballed. Why does the media get to decide what constitutes “cheating” and what does not? If you ask me, the people who leaked Sosa’s name had a much larger lapse of integrity and respect.
Either way, the past is the past, and baseball should focus on the future. If they decide that they want steroids out of the game, they should work on developing more rigorous testing and suspensions. Leave these already disgraced sluggers out of it. They were doing what they thought was best for baseball and their careers, and should not have their legacies ruined because people all of a sudden decide that steroids are such a crime against humanity.