The Steroid Bug.
Disappointing, if true. I know that I am a Red Sox fan, and maybe I should get some satisfaction out of this. But other than the occasional verbal jab at Yankees fans whom I work with (in good fun), I really don’t want this to be news.
First, let me begin by saying that 104 players were apparently found using performance enhancing drugs according to this report. Even if we simplified the amount of players, multiplying 25 by 30, (the amount of players on the 25 roster) X (the number of teams). The result would be 750.
So I am not exactly sure how the testing worked, but if every player were tested of those 750, and 104 came up positive, then that would end up as roughly 14%. 14% would actually be much lower than I would have guessed, but unfortunate anyway. That however, does not include all of the users that were abusing undetectable PED’s. Of course, that number we will never know I suppose.
According to my very quick, and possibly inaccurate research, there were approximately 1400 players that experienced time in the big leagues in 2003, however limited that time may have been. That would cut it down to only 7% of players using, an even more digestible number. Whatever the number should be, it was much lower than I would have guessed (30% would probably have been my guess).
There are a few unclear aspects of this.
One is why only Rodriguez? Did Sports Illustrated come across all the names and choose to release only ARod’s so that it could drag this out as long as possbile? ARod will probably be the biggest attention attracter of all the names. So I don’t find it impossible that maybe SI released his name, will let that sink in for a few days. Then, when it does start to sink in, the other names will be launched at us. That may not be accurate, but I wouldn’t put it past anyone.
The other is how the magazine came across this information and whether or not it is accurate. I am not going to deny that Rodriguez used, I have no clue whether he did or not. But how accurate is this? Just because the story broke, does not mean it is 100% true. I would definitely lean toward it being true, but forgive me for being a little skeptical of any of these type of stories.
And before a Red Sox fan wants to throw a Yankee fan under the bus, remember, if the other names are released, even our hearts may ache a little afterwards.
(Just for the record, I will not be ridiculing any Yankee fans)