You can check another one off the list. A New York Times article earlier this week revealed that former Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003. Sosa is the latest of many to finally be caught cheating while playing in an era of baseball that will forever have a cloud over it. The positive test comes from a test that was supposed to be kept secret and anonymous, but Sosa was unlucky enough to have his name and test result leaked to the press.
Sosa, who is the only player in MLB history to hit 60 or more home runs in 3 separate seasons was largely responsible, in part with Mark McGwire, for bringing baseball back to life during the home run chase of 1998, before which the sport had been dead and falling in popularity. Both Sosa and McGwire passed Roger Maris’ mark of 61 home runs, but both have been rightfully linked to steroids and their reputations have been tarnished. Both also were present at the 2005 congressional hearings in which Sosa dodged steroids questions by pretending he didn’t speak English, and McGwire repeatedly said he did “not want to talk about the past.” Sosa and McGwire are 2 players of many that have been caught in the steroid cloud. I hope that Sosa, like McGwire, won’t receive any support on the ballots for the hall of fame, because as players who cheated both the game and the players of its past, neither deserves to be considered one of the game’s greats.
While Sosa’s test was supposed to be anonymous and kept a secret, I believe it is time that all the names of players who tested positive for steroids are revealed. It is best for the game, the league, the players and the fans if all of the names are revealed so that the steroid era can officially become a thing of the past. It won’t do anyone any good if one by one, players positive test results are revealed, separated by several years. It is time that everyone come clean so that baseball, the players, and all of its teams can be clean again.