One Last Point on Confidentiality, For Now

I saw over at LoHud that Brian Cashman has said that he will not inquire whether or not any Yankees were part of the other 103 players who tested positive in the still mostly anonymous tests, for he believes that the test results were to be anonymous and should stay that way.  I agree.  Consider this: we have known for several years that 104 players tested positive in the 2o03 tests.  Yet there was no public outcry for outing the names anywhere close to what has existed in the last several days.  Players such as Curt Schilling who feel that those who did not take steroids are now held under suspicion because of the A-Rod leak overlook the fact that all players were already held to some degree in suspicion from the test results. Yet where was the groundswell for releasing those names, as there has been now?

Consider this as well: had the names of some role players been leaked, I find it highly unlikely unlikely that we would be having this debate over releasing the other 103 names, despite the readily evident implications that, with 104 players testing positive, steroid use was rampant.  I’m not diminishing the obvious star power and seriousness of A-Rod’s positive test, its revelation, and his admission.  It’s serious.  Nor am I dismissive of the seriousness of baseball’s records and historic accomplishments, as I hope regular readers and people who know me will remember.  But are we really now alerted to the fact that baseball’s records set, met, and challenged during the past two decades are suspect? after Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro, Clemens, Sosa, and more?  Are we now to believe that releasing the other 103 names, again in all likelihood against their will and countermanding the negotiated structure of the 2003 tests, would somehow bring peace of mind about baseball’s milestones and closure to the steroids problem?  The 2003 test results themselves, when they occurred and even with the anonymity, have already revealed much, and did so years ago well before the illegal leaking of A-Rod’s name.

To reiterate, I’m all for cleaning up the game and sports on the whole through the most stringent testing possible.  But in addition to my concern over the serious issue of anonymity and the illegality that was perpetrated, I am still amazed at the paucity of discussion and possible approaches taken to investigate other parties to the steroids scandal such as owners, executives, managers and team personnel, the league itself, and the MLBPA.  Unless we move past such a strict focus on players’ guilt, we’re only exacerbating the understandable focus on culpable players by ignoring the real depths of this scandal’s roots and resulting dilemmas.

There is much more to this than releasing test scores meant to be anonymous, and which hardly a peep contested until the last week.  We all know it, but what will be done about that?

Published in: on February 12, 2009 at 11:54 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. what about the bullshit spewing out of selig’s mouth about possibly suspending alex. he doesn’t have a leg to stand on. just trying to salvage his own tattered reputation. he should resign.

  2. BS is just what that is, Mike. Zelig is an abject disgrace. He should resign. Talk about a guy who should NEVER be eligible for Hall of Fame consideration. Zelig is TOPS on my list. What a terrible “commissioner.”

  3. […] at Heartland Pinstripes echoes similarly. But are we really now alerted to the fact that baseball’s records set, met, and challenged […]

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