Doug Glanville Does Not Want to Know the Other 100 Names
Three times this year, leaked names from the 2003 survey testing designed to judge the level of steroids use in baseball have stormed headlines and newspapers nationwide. First it was Alex Rodriguez, then Sammy Sosa. Finally, last week we had the Manny Ramirez-David Ortiz Red Sox revelations.
Each episode has been a sensationalistic smorgasbord of what the players might have used, what the players had to say ... what the players had to eat after their most recent game. Well, at least one former player has had just about enough of these leaked names, and he wants no part of the remaining 100 who are still stealthily hidden on the 2003 list.
Former Phillies outfielder Doug Glanville (here in his semi-regular editorial column for the New York Times) doesn't want the full list of 2003's positive testers leaked to the public, but his reasons have little to do with his own innocence. He wants the results to remain confidential because he feels its important to maintain the integrity of confidential testing for future precedent.
The more you think about it, the more you realize he's got a heck of a point.
While releasing the complete list of positive steroids testers from 2003 might provide an instant catharsis, it would also undermine the chance of doing exploratory testing in the future. Given how hard it was to push through more stringent tests in the past, survey testing seems like a pretty commonsense procedural step in any move towards blood-based or other HGH-focused testing. If players can't trust results of those tests to remain anonymous, it's extremely unlikely their players association would be willing to sign off on such a step.
For his part, Glanville has clearly been turned off by the way names from the list have leaked out.
"The tests were contingent on some semblance of confidentiality. No player in the game would have ever agreed to a collectively bargained drug policy if they had been told beforehand that the results would end up in the public domain. Sure, if the government found a way to bypass that, then we would have had to comply, but instead we got this chronic leaking of confidential and anonymous information after five years, with only selective players being "outed." Kind of shady.
"I don't know who or which organization is leaking these names. But, I find this act more outrageous than that of the players who tested positive. At least these players helped the game take a step towards putting a better policy in place. It may not have been out of nobility, but at least it was real. I do find it curious that whenever a player is arrogant and bold enough to declare his "cleanliness" he quickly gets nailed by their 2003 positive test. To me, it appears more like a targeted impeachment process. I am not crying for those players' choices, but what is happening to them is telling."
What is happening to the outed players is more than telling, it's also destructive to future collective bargaining efforts and any chance of a stricter drug-testing code. Will baseball eventually reach the Olympic gold standard of doping testing? I really believe it will, but this year's leaks aren't doing anything to speed up what is sure to be an exceptionally long process.
August 4, 2009; 2:28 PM ET
Categories: Phillies | Tags: David Ortiz, Doug Glanville, Manny Ramirez, Phillies, steroids
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