What Names Are on the Alleged 2003 Steroid List?

What names are on the alleged “2003 steroid list” ?

Just when you thought the steroid talk in baseball had died down.

Allegedly, part of the “list of names” of players that failed a drug test in 2003 has been leaked.

What is being called the “2003 steroid list” has been popping up on the internet, first among sports bloggers, eventually making its way into more mainstream web sources.

Before you read the list of names, it is important to remember than anyone can make a list of 103 names of baseball players. There is no verification that this is the “official list”, though some of the names on the list have already been accused publicly for their subtance abuse.

AskDeb.com is not saying that any of the below players used or didn’t use performance enhancing drugs. In fact, it may be smart to take this list with a grain of salt, as the actual source of the leak is unknown.

Having said that, there are precious few names on this potential 2003 steroid list that would come as a surprise. Many players who have already been accused are here, and many others who played on teams with these players or saw similar meteoric improvements in their game can be found the list below.

One sports site in particular is betting the farm that this list is legitimate. Rotoinfo.com is heavily promoting the fact that they have the full list of names of players testing positive in 2003. Not only are they claiming they have a factual list, they are suggesting that there is a longer list and that they are in possesion of it. What Rotoinfo.com has released is the below list of 103 names, the same list as is circulating on other pages.

What are the biggest names on the list? Mostly big names we aren’t surprised by — Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Miguel Tejada. In fact, all of these players have gone through some kind of process that confirms their steroid use. The big shockers are probably David Ortiz, Francisco Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Ivan Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar, Juan Gonzalez, and a handful of others. Some of these names are Hall of Fame caliber players, and if this is a legitimate list, it will be a great shock to a great many fans.

There are a few reasons to doubt this list’s veracity. For one thing, Rotoinfo.com, the site that’s really pushing this “news”, also led a story last month that said that Lance Berkman was set to get a fifty game suspension for steroid use — that never happened.

Another thing — there’s not a ton of variety in the list in terms of team representation. There’s a huge number of players from the “big three” — the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and the New York Yankees. It would make more sense if there weren’t so many well known players on the list. Do the creators of this list expect us to think that no rookie or unknown prospect is out there juicing up to get an advantage? About the most D-list ballplayer I can find on the list Matt Herges.

Let’s also no overlook the complete absense of one specific team — the Houston Astros. There are NO members of the 2003 Houston Astros team on the leaked list. In one of the great books on steroid use in Major League Baseball (Jeff Pearlman’s The Rocket That Fell To Earth ) it is stated by an insider that the Houston Astros club was sort of the “ground zero” for MLB steroids use, potentially due to the stadium’s proximity to Mexico and that major source of performance enhacing drugs.

So the list has some flaws. Let’s look at some more specifics — if this list holds true, almost all of the Cubs 2003 starting pitching rotation is guilty of flunking the 2003 test — Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, and Matt Clement. This makes sense, as all of these guys have had injury trouble since the 2003 test — implying that the test scared them away from the drugs that helped them get over injuries in the past. There’s reasons to believe, and reasons to doubt. Use your best judgement.

Let’s hope this list doesn’t generate more negative publicity for Major League Baseball. The last time fans lost respect for the game was after the big strike in the early 90s, and our great American sport nearly collapsed. In one way, if this list is legitimate, fans can feel better about their sport. The names will be known, their crimes will be assessed, and hopefully they can pay their due back to the fans that deserve it.

1. Nomar Garciaparra
2. Manny Ramirez
3. Johnny Damon
4. Trot Nixon
5. David Ortiz
6. Shea Hillenbrand
7. Derek Lowe
8. Pedro Martinez
9. Brian Roberts
10. Jay Gibbons
11. Melvin Mora
12. Jerry Hairston
13. Jason Giambi
14. Alfonso Soriano
15. Raul Mondesi
16. Aaron Boone
17. Andy Pettitte
18. Jose Contreras
19. Roger Clemens
20. Carlos Delgado
21. Vernon Wells
22. Frank Catalanotto
23. Kenny Rogers
24. Magglio Ordonez
25. Sandy Alomar
26. Bartolo Colon
27. Brent Abernathy
28. Jose Lima
29. Milton Bradley
30. Casey Blake
31. Danys Baez
32. Craig Monroe
33. Dmitri Young
34. Alex Sanchez
35. Eric Chavez
36. Miguel Tejada
37. Eric Byrnes
38. Jose Guillen
39. Keith Foulke
40. Ricardo Rincon
41. Bret Boone
42. Mike Cameron
43. Randy Winn
44. Ryan Franklin
45. Freddy Garcia
46. Rafael Soriano
47. Scott Spiezio
48. Troy Glaus
49. Francisco Rodriguez
50. Ben Weber
51. Alex Rodriguez
52. Juan Gonzalez
53. Rafael Palmeiro
54. Carl Everett
55. Javy Lopez
56. Gary Sheffield
57. Mike Hampton
58. Ivan Rodriguez
59. Derrek Lee
60. Bobby Abreu
61. Terry Adams
62. Fernando Tatis
63. Livan Hernandez
64. Hector Almonte
65. Tony Armas
66. Dan Smith
67. Roberto Alomar
68. Cliff Floyd
69. Roger Cedeno
70. Jeromy Burnitz
71. Moises Alou
72. Sammy Sosa
73. Corey Patterson
74. Carlos Zambrano
75. Mark Prior
76. Kerry Wood
77. Matt Clement
78. Antonio Alfonseca
79. Juan Cruz
80. Aramis Ramirez
81. Craig Wilson
82. Kris Benson
83. Richie Sexson
84. Geoff Jenkins
85. Valerio de los Santos
86. Benito Santiago
87. Rich Aurilia
88. Barry Bonds
89. Andres Galarraga
90. Jason Schmidt
91. Felix Rodriguez
92. Jason Christiansen
93. Matt Herges
94. Paul Lo Duca
95. Shawn Green
96. Oliver Perez
97. Adrian Beltre
98. Eric Gagne
99. Guillermo Mota
100. Luis Gonzalez
101. Todd Helton
102. Ryan Klesko
103. Gary Matthews