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2003 Anonymous MLB Survey Testing
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If you're looking for the leaked list of players who supposedly tested positive in 2003, see the following:
This is a running list of the players that tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball's 2003 anonymous survey testing. MLB conducted the "anonymous" testing to determine the extent of PED use in the game. When greater than 5% of players tested positive MLB instituted a drug policy that included a testing program and penalties including suspensions for failed tests.

Some notes about the 2003 survey testing:

  • Of the 104 positive tests in 2003, at most 96 would have been considered positive by Major League Baseball at the time. According to ESPN, at least eight positive tests were for substances that were not banned by MLB in 2003.
  • For instance, the lab could have indicated a positive test for something like HCG (banned in 2008) or Androstenedione (banned in 2005) but MLB would have ignored it for the purposes of determining whether or not 5% of players had failed a test.

  • According to the Mitchell Report, all 104 players were notified in 2004 that they had tested positive in 2003. Once the government was in possession of the list, MLB and the union agreed that those players would not be tested until they were notified. The drug policy required that each player be tested at least once in 2004, so players were notified that year, reportedly in August or early September, and tested shortly thereafter.
  • After years of litigation, many people have access to the list. According to ESPN, this includes both in-house and independent counsel for the Major League Baseball Players' Association (MLBPA) and the Owners. It also includes prosecutors from the BALCO case.

Manny Ramirez

Tested Positive For: Unknown

According to the New York Times, Manny Ramirez tested positive for a performance enhancing drug during Major League Baseball's 2003 survey testing.

From the New York Times Article:

"Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results."

David Ortiz

Tested Positive For: Unknown

According to the New York Times, David Ortiz tested positive for for a performance enhancing drug during Major League Baseball's 2003 survey testing.

From the New York Times Article:

"Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results."

Sammy Sosa

Tested Positive For: Unknown

According to the New York Times, Sammy Sosa tested positive for steroids during Major League Baseball's 2003 survey testing. The Times cited "lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results" but did not know for which drug Sosa had tested positive.

From the New York Times Article:

"Sammy Sosa, who joined with Mark McGwire in 1998 in a celebrated pursuit of baseball's single-season home run record, is among the players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results from that year."

Alex Rodriguez

Tested Positive For: Primobolan, Testosterone (as reported by SI)

In February 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez had tested positive for Primobolan (an anabolic steroid) and testosterone in MLB's anonymous 2003 "survey" testing.

From Rodriguez' interview with Peter Gammons:

"Gene was very specific in 2004. We had a meeting in September or August. Don't quote me on the date. But he said there's a government list, there's 104 players on it. You might or might not have tested positive."

Jason Grimsley

Tested Positive For: 1-AD (speculation by Grimsley)

Grimsley told IRS investigators that he was told by Gene Orza that he had tested positive in 2003.

From the Grimsley Affidavit:

"Grimsley stated that during Major League Baseball's 2003 drug-testing program for anabolic steroids, he tested positive. Grimsley stated Major League Baseball Players' Union representative Gene Orza told him about the positive test. Although Grimsley stated that he used the anabolic steroid Deca-Durabolin in the past, he felt that his positive test in 2003 was a result of using 1-AD, a prohormone that he purchased and used from the "Eco-Labs" website."

David Segui

Tested Positive For: Unknown

The Mitchell report refers to an unnamed player who was told by Gene Orza that he tested positive in 2003's survey testing. In his book, Bases Loaded, Kirk Radomski identified the player as Segui.

From the Mitchell Report:

"A former major league player... said that in September 2004, Gene Orza of the Players Association told him that he had tested positive in 2003 and that he would be tested in the next two weeks. Independently, Kirk Radomski told us that this former player had earlier told him the same thing about Orza's statements shortly after the conversation between Orza and the former player occurred."

From Radomski's Bases Loaded (referring to the above passage):

"I knew that Senator Mitchell was quoting David Segui because David had told me exactly the same thing."

Larry Bigbie*

Tested Positive For: Unknown

In his book, Bases Loaded, Kirk Radomski states that Bigbie had been told by Gene Orza that he had tested positive in 2003. The wording in Radomski's book is unclear as to whether he's referring to information contained in the Mitchell Report or first hand knowledge. The Mitchell Report does not specifically say that Bigbie tested positive.

"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."

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The List
« 129 »
Mitchell Report - 47
Admitted - 16
Implicated By Others - 34
MLB Suspensions - 27
Other - 4
Suspended for non-analytical evidence that player violated MLB drug policy.


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