Rotoinfo, a fantasy sports information site has published a list of players who supposedly tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball’s 2003 anonymous survey testing (see below). The site describes the list as "rumored" and "unconfirmed" but maintains the source of the list as “trusted.”
Deadspin (among others) was quick to discredit the list. It notes that Jason Grimsley’s name is absent even though Grimsley, in a 2006 search warrant affidavit, admitted that he was told by Gene Orza in 2004 that he had tested positive.
But there are more players who are noticeably absent from the list.
David Segui also has said he was told by Orza that he was on the list. The Mitchell Report refers to an unnamed player who was told by Orza that he had tested positive in 2003. Independently, Kirk Radomski told Mitchell that the same player had told him (Radomski) the same story shortly after the conversation between the player and Orza occurred in 2004. When Kirk Radomski published his book, Bases Loaded, he confirmed that the unnamed player in the Mitchell Report was Segui.
I knew that Senator Mitchell was quoting David Segui (about the 2003 positive test) because David had told me exactly the same thing.
Also in Bases Loaded, Roadomski says that Larry Bigbie tested positive as well.
Both Jason Gimsley and Larry Bigbie also said that they'd been told that they had failed the obviously not-so-anonymous tests in 2003.
Leaks have been such a part of the story of the Steroid Era that we’ll reprint the list here. But take this with a enormous grain of salt. If you’ll remember, on the eve of the release of the Mitchell Report, a list of players said to be in the report caused quite a stir. That list proved to be bogus.
When asked by Deadspin why the list only contained 103 names instead of the widely reported 104, the "RotoInfo Team" stated that their original list contained Jeromy Burnitz’s name twice.
Deapspin also points out that Rotoinfo’s sources have proved unreliable in the past. On May 12, 2009 the site published the following on Twitter.
According to sources close MLB Lance Berkmans name has been floating around the commissioners office as a possible 50 game suspension looms
This of course has never come to fruition, although it’s not out of the realm of possibility that it is going through an appeal process behind closed doors.
As is being pointed out on forums all across the internet, the number of "star" players on the list seems very disproportionate. There are very few mediocre players or minor leaguers on 40-man rosters, making the list even harder to believe.
16. Aaron Boone
85.Valerio de los Santos
94.Paul Lo Duca
- Rumored 2003 Steroid list leaks out?Rotoinfo
- Why The "New" Alleged Steroids List Is A CrockDeadspin
- 2003 Anonymous MLB Survey TestingBaseball’s Steroid Era