Hank Aaron has stated that all the names on the 2003 steroid list need to be released for baseball to move forward and I completely agree with him. To have another name come out every six weeks or so only brings the issue to the forefront of people’s minds just as it was starting to subside. We are at the point where everyone probably has a good idea of who will be on the list and short of a few names there will be little surprise.
There was an unconfirmed list floating around the internet a few weeks back. Not only was every player on that list not a surprise, but there were connections between most of the players, such as confirmed names Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. Most players had at least one or two teammates on the list. There were a few Giants, a few Cubs, a few Blue Jays, a few Dodgers, etc.
With the exception of a handful of players everyone on the unconfirmed list was a notable or recognizable name. Not necessarily all super stars like Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, but players that most fans who follow the game somewhat closely would know.
While that list may be unconfirmed, in my opinion it is probably pretty accurate. When I read the list about a month ago both Manny and Ortiz were on it. Now they are confirmed. There was also one player on the list who is an Arizona product that was a known user among Arizona community college players. The information is out there. Baseball would behoove itself by taking care of the problem with one big blow. There are no real surprises and only people benefiting from the gradual release of the names are the people who are selling that information piece mail to the media. Just like in a twelve step program the first step to baseball’s rehabilitation is admitting they had a problem and condemning the guilty players.
If baseball was smart they would recognize that they have a great group of exciting and talented players who have come up in the last three years and can bring baseball out of the steroid era. These players deserve to compete in an environment that is devoid of steroid suspicion. Players like Ryan Braun, Jason Bay, and Tim Lincecum can give baseball the fresh start that they need. Releasing the list could also relieve suspicion that is now surrounding its best hitter, Albert Pujols, who was not on the unconfirmed list, and allow him to pursue the Triple Crown with the genuine support of fans.