As the Steroid Era has evolved in Major League Baseball, many have tried to find a common thread among the cheats fieldwithballmoon_copy_2zyhin order to identify those that have yet to be revealed.  This little hobby has picked up momentum this season as The New York Times continues to disclose the names of those that tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs during MLB’s testing in 2003.  What seems to be the most widely accepted red flag, significant statistical improvement by players in the later years of their career, may not actually be the only tie that binds these cheaters.  Instead, according to a list published by DominicanosHoy.com which the newspaper believes to be the actual roll call of those that tested positive in 2003, it is more likely that the Disabled List of each Major League squad holds the answers.

A common opinion among baseball fans is that players who have a hard time staying on the field because of injury woes are probably not using performance enhancing drugs.  “How could they?” goes the theory, “they’re always hurt.”  Yankees hurler Andy Pettitte was among a few players who gave credibility to the idea when he claimed that he used the drugs only to hasten his recovery from various injuries.  As it turns out, however, the PED’s may have been the cause of his physical problems and not the solution.

Over the course of the last few seasons, strained obliques and torn labrums; injuries that didn’t seem all that common during my lifetime of following baseball, have become all the rage, sending players to the DL for up to a month at a time.  Is that to say that every problem with an oblique or labrum is a confirmation of steroid use?  Absolutely not.  Chase Utley had a labrum repaired in his hip last winter and is not listed.  However, there are a number of men on the list who have suffered these maladies, Carlos Delgado and Alex Rodriguez among them.  Maybe we should start categorizing certain physical problems as “Steroid Injuries”.

In perusing the list, it is impossible not to immediately notice how many have been unable to stay in the lineup.  If these are actually the players that tested positive, and that has yet to be confirmed, the injuries suffered range from chronic to requiring surgery and continue all the way up to career threatening.  A microcosm of these is located at numbers seventy-four through seventy-seven, where the starting rotation of the 2003 Chicago Cubs is found. Carlos Zambrano has made numerous trips to the DL, Kerry Wood’s physical woes sent him to the bullpen while both Mark Prior and Matt Clement were forced out of baseball by their injuries.  Players like Moises Alou, Eric Chavez and Richie Sexson spent most of their final seasons injured before deciding to retire while others, like Mike Hampton, Freddy Garcia, Troy Glaus and Jason Schmidt have lost multiple seasons to the Disabled List.

One other little nugget to be gleaned from the list is, if accurate, it blows up the credibility of the Mitchell Report.  Its author, John Mitchell, was criticized at the time of its release because, while a part-owner of the Red Sox, he found no evidence of steroid use among Boston players. The first eight names on the list, as well as last year’s arrest of two Sox clubhouse attendants that were distributing steroids, make Mitchell’s claims laughable and bring us back to the most incredible fact of this whole era.  Through all of the denials, cover-ups and outright lies, there has been but one truthful voice; that of Jose Canseco.  How about that?

The Alleged List of 103 As Published in Dominicanoshoy.com :

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

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