It's the only way to go

The Baltimore Sun

For starters, I sympathize with major league baseball players who took the so-called survey drug test back in 2003 with the understanding that the results would be confidential.

However, that promise of confidentiality evaporated as the test results have passed through apparently scores of hands, including - inevitably - those of the media.

Yesterday a contrite Alex Rodriguez told ESPN that he took PEDs for three years while with the Rangers. The Yankees superstar decided to go with the Andy Pettitte-like confession instead of stony Mark McGwire-like silence.

Meanwhile, former pitching star Curt Schilling is calling for disclosure of all 104 players who reportedly came up positive in the 2003 testing. Schilling argues that as names leak, suspicion spreads over the hundreds of players who tested clean.

With baseball in a place where there is no good decision, I agree with Schilling that full disclosure makes the most sense. Baseball's reputation is so soiled at this point that a complete mea culpa is the best course left in putting this sordid business to rest and moving on.

Granted, the pact of confidentiality should never have been broken to begin with. But there is no putting the air back into this balloon. McGwire's Cooperstown chances are wrecked because of his refusal to defend himself before Congress. Even without a perjury conviction, Barry Bonds' Hall of Fame candidacy is finished. Roger Clemens' chances are hanging by a thread. And now, Rodriguez, along with any records he sets, will be questioned.

Baseball desperately needs a clean slate, and painful as it might be, one of the steps in earning one is full disclosure.

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