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The Charade ends - Sosa linked to steroids

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Despite an overwhelming suspicion by Cubs fans, the fans that knew him best, Sammy Sosa had never been linked to performance enhancing drugs (steroids), and so his defenders wound constantly point to this 'fact'. But today, the New York Times, citing an attorney who has seen the infamous list of the 104 players that tested positive for PEDs in 2003, ran an article indicating that Slammin' Sammy's name is on that list.

Of course I am disappointed that Sammy used PEDs, but I'm not surprised, nor am I disappointed that his name came out. (See caveat below.) Additionally, I am in favor of sunlight passing over the accomplishments of players in the steroid era so that fans have a clearer means of making up their own minds. That said, I still don't believe PED use should disqualify Sammy, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, or Barry Bonds from the Hall of Fame. Unless you can assure me that no player is inducted into the hall who ever cheated, then I think you need to recognize the on-field performances of the players. Yes, their plaques should indicate their steroid usage, but I'm not in favor of leaving 600+ HR hitters out of the Hall.

Caveat: I am upset that names from the supposedly secret 2003 tests continue to be leaked. If you tell a man that test results will be kept secret so that they take part in the test, there is a responsibility to keep those results secret.

Posted by Byron at June 16, 2009 4:03 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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All 104 of the cheaters should have their names released. The fans pay their salaries and we have a right to know who's clean and who's cheating.

Did you catch Ryno on ESPN 1000 today saying Sosa shouldn't be in the hall? I know you're a huge Sandberg fan, but he disagrees with you here. Are you gonna change your mind now?

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