Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Well, he sort of did the right thing.

As everyone already knows, Alex Rodriguez came out of the steroid closet to Peter Gammons on ESPN yesterday, admitting that he had been using steroids during the 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons while playing for the Texas Rangers. A-Rod hit over 150 home runs during that three year span.

I don't necessarily buy that he suddenly saw the light and stopped using in 2004. He didn't seem terribly sincere. I think he did enough to keep himself out of the baseball purgatory occupied by the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmiero. People are very willing to forgive these guys if they just come out and admit they did wrong. But I don't think we've heard the whole unvarnished truth. A-Rod just said enough to keep his image from being further tarnished, but not much more.

I think that MLB and the players union should go one step further, though. They should agree to release the other 103 names on that list. If they don't, they just keep inviting speculation and rumor about the other players on it. The names will inevitably leak out, probably in dribs and drabs, prolonging the pain of this and bringing the whole thing up again each time. Wouldn't it be better to get it all out there and shut it down once and for all?


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