The Complete 2003 MLB PED Test List of 104 Players

Is This The Complete 2003 List of 104 MLB Players Who Tested Positive For PEDs?

6/29/09 in MLB   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

As I'm sure you know, I abhor rumors. No, I kid, I love them. And this one is particularly interesting.

Over the past week, there's been a list floating around the internet that reputedly is THE LIST of the 104 MLB players who tested positive for PEDs in 2003. So, how legit is this thing?

Well, the fact that Jeromy Burnitz appears twice on it doesn't help, but who knows, maybe he failed the test twice. Another problem with this list is that I sort of feel like there should be a lot more players on here that I don't remember at all. This list reads like an All-Star team from 2003. If PEDs were/are as prevalent as we think they are, then there should be no-name guys on this list who were caught as well.

Anyway, the good news is that Albert Pujols isn't on this list. But that just probably means a Cardinals fan wrote it. Either way, take a look at the names and tell us what you think. Even if this list isn't the actual list, I bet at least 40-50% of these guys are on the real one.

1.Nomar Garciaparra
2.Manny Ramirez
3.Johnny Damon
4.Trot Nixon
5.David Ortiz
6.Shea Hillenbrand
7.Derek Lowe
8.Pedro Martinez
9.Brian Roberts
10.Jay Gibbons
11.Melvin Mora
12.Jerry Hairston
13.Jason Giambi
14.Alfonso Soriano
15.Raul Mondesi
16. Aaron Boone
17.Andy Pettitte
18.Jose Contreras
19.Roger Clemens
20.Carlos Delgado
21.Vernon Wells
22.Frank Catalanotto
23.Kenny Rogers
24.Magglio Ordonez
25.Sandy Alomar
26.Bartolo Colon
27.Brent Abernathy
28.Jose Lima
29.Milton Bradley
30.Casey Blake
31.Danys Baez
32.Craig Monroe
33.Dmitri Young
34.Alex Sanchez
35.Eric Chavez
36.Miguel Tejada
37.Eric Byrnes
38.Jose Guillen
39.Keith Foulke
40.Ricardo Rincon
41.Bret Boone
42.Mike Cameron
43.Randy Winn
44.Ryan Franklin
45.Freddy Garcia
46.Rafael Soriano
47.Scott Spiezio
48.Troy Glaus
49.Francisco Rodriguez
50.Ben Weber
51.Alex Rodriguez
52.Juan Gonzalez
53.Rafael Palmeiro
54.Carl Everett
55.Javy Lopez
56.Gary Sheffield
57.Mike Hampton
58.Ivan Rodriguez
59.Derrek Lee
60.Bobby Abreu
61.Terry Adams
62.Fernando Tatis
63.Livan Hernandez
64.Hector Almonte
65.Tony Armas
66.Dan Smith
67.Roberto Alomar
68.Cliff Floyd
69.Roger Cedeno
70.Jeromy Burnitz
71.Moises Alou
72.Sammy Sosa
73.Corey Patterson
74.Carlos Zambrano
75.Mark Prior
76.Kerry Wood
77.Matt Clement
78.Antonio Alfonseca
79.Juan Cruz
80.Aramis Ramirez
81.Craig Wilson
82.Kris Benson
83.Richie Sexson
84.Geoff Jenkins
85.Valerio de los Santos
86.Benito Santiago
87.Rich Aurilia
88.Barry Bonds
89.Andres Galarraga
90.Jason Schmidt
91.Felix Rodriguez
92.Jason Christiansen
93.Matt Herges
94.Paul Lo Duca
95.Shawn Green
96.Jeromy Burnitz
97.Adrian Beltre
98.Eric Gagne
99.Guillermo Mota
100.Luis Gonzalez
101.Todd Helton
102.Ryan Klesko
103.Gary Matthews
104.Oliver Perez

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7/6/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

lvrocker wrote:
At lease Mike Piazza not on it he's the best hitting catcher of all time

I think most people assume Piazza juiced, but maybe that's just me.

7/6/09   |   lvrocker

It figure the Red Sox had to cheat to win the WS & it doesn't matter if the Cubs cheat they will never win the WS

7/6/09   |   lvrocker

At lease Mike Piazza not on it he's the best hitting catcher of all time

7/5/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Pat wrote:
I think that's the biggest problem. The list looks right. Far too right to be true, if you ask me. There aren't enough names that would surprise anyone.
(Edited by elevenbravo138again)

If this list is real it would seem that PEDs did enhance performance, however let's remember what anabolic steroids and HGH actually do:
Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that mimic the male sex hormones known as androgens. This is where the true name anabolic-androgenic steroid is derived, but for familiarity purposes they are referred to only as steroids (no purely anabolic agent has yet been synthesized). Specifically, they are synthetically produced to act as the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone has a 17-carbon core, like its replication- the anabolic steroid, and is credited for the promotion of growth of skeletal muscles and the development of male sexual characteristics. It has both androgenic (masculinization) and anabolic (tissue-building) effects in the human body. Functions of testosterone include increased numbers of red blood cells, improved calcium deposition in the bones, muscle enlargement, increased body hair, thickening of vocal chords, and growth and development of the prostate gland. Anabolic steroids do facilitate the growth of skeletal muscles and with this is where the weight lifters and athletes come in to play. Since then over 100 anabolic steroids have been developed and most of them still remain illegal without a prescription from a doctor.

Simply introducing steroids into the body does not magically increase strength but by: facilitating improved nitrogen utilization which promotes a positive nitrogen balance by the reversal of catabolic processes, improved nitrogen balance, an increase in the concentration of total plasma amino acids,  increased protein synthesis, decreased nitrogen excretion,  can create increased leanness, muscle definition, muscle mass, weight, and by  improving and increasing hypertrophy this thereby allows an athlete to workout harder and more frequently since their muscles are recovering faster and developing more rapidly. However along with increased muscle growth and strength there are certain drawbacks, like over-working your body due to a quick recovery rate and the nitrogen retention which can lead to torn muscles and ligaments. Steroids also have mood and sexual function side-effects that are very unpredictable, but can include hypomania, hyper vigilance, even paranoia, [see Chris Benoit]  and sodium retention can produce a bloated look, acne is common, as is growth in body hair.

Human Growth Hormone (HGH or hGH) is the most abundant hormone produced by the pituitary gland. HGH is also a very complex hormone. It is made up of 191 amino acids - making it fairly large for a hormone. In fact, it is the largest protein created by the Pituitary gland. HGH secretion reaches its peak in the body during adolescence. HGH secretion does not stop after adolescence. Our bodies continue to produce HGH usually in short bursts during deep sleep and after exercise.

IGF-1 stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor 1. IGF-1 is also known as Somatomedin-C. As important as HGH is, it does not last long in our bloodstream. In just a few short minutes our liver absorbs HGH and converts it into growth factors. IGF-1 is the most important growth factor that is produced. So, IGF-1 is a hormone just like HGH, but it is easier to measure in the body because it stays in our bloodstream much longer than HGH. You can think of HGH as a catalyst, but IGF-1 does most of the work.

HGH’s major negatives, based on studies, would appear to be that elevated levels of HGH can lead to swelling of the soft tissues in the body; abnormal growth of the hands, feet and face; high blood pressure; an increased tendency to sweat in addition to excessive hair growth."

The most extensive study regarding HGH and athletic performance was carried out at Stanford University, as they looked at 27 studies involving 440 participants. The results were released by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Hau Liu of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California stated, along with colleagues that it does not help athletic performance in any way. Dr. Liu even went as far as to state that it may worsen athletic performance a bit.

The study found that human growth hormone does add muscle, but they found that it does not appear to improve strength, or the ability to do exercise. They did find that human growth hormone actually caused side effects such as swelling and fatigue. Now logically it would seem that an athlete with more lean body mass would be a better athlete, so you can take Dr. Liu’s findings with a dose of skepticism.

Human growth hormone and IGF-1 have been shown to play a significant role in:                                              
The Creation and retention of muscle mass as well as the growth of all tissues-
•Tissue repair
•Cell replacement
•Bone strength
•Organ health and integrity
•Enzyme production
Basically, anything that goes on in your body is in some way tied to HGH.  Additionally the testing for HGH abuse is tricky since there is quite a bit of debate as to just what a 'normal' amount of the hormone is.

7/1/09   |   mohamidaziz   |   4 respect

i think, if they wern't worried about doping back when the A's went to the series 3 yrs in a row, and half there team was doping up. but as soon as rodger marris's record came down, people couldn't believe people could hit that many homers in one yr. how do we know, if the babe, and those guys wern't doping up. people went on the word of the doping master, jose canceco. he got caught, and then told on everyone HE thought was doping. didn't have a shred of proof. but people bought in to it. never mind that people tent to get bigger as they get older, and stop working out like they was before.

7/1/09   |   bf5459

Personally I think the whole thing is a publicity stunt so people will watch baseball more often. Baseball nowadays isnt baseball, its money. The more money a player gets the better he is supposed to be. Sorry back then, they played for the love of the game not for the money. What haplened? When did it become about the money?

7/1/09   |   Seachickenhawk

leebaker03 wrote:
I want to know if the person who leaked this article has a bias. Perhaps a Yankee fan? hmmm...

Yeah, because Yankee fans sure have it in for the Cubs.  I mean, to pick out 10 of them?  That's some ancient hate going on there.

6/30/09   |   lulu15330722000   |   6 respect

hello there all fans...

6/30/09   |   leebaker03

I want to know if the person who leaked this article has a bias. Perhaps a Yankee fan? hmmm...

6/30/09   |   leebaker03

How about the first 8 names were Red Sox stars!!

6/30/09   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25289 respect

If you guys want, I can put a list of over 1100 names together.. Doesn't mean a damn thing, but it's a list..  I will make sure it includes some guys with names that are fun to say, and to spice it up a little bit, I'll throw in Pujols' name and maybe even Gabe Kapler..  I mean who really trains, lifts weights and pays attention to nutrition and legal supplements, who does he think he's fooling?

6/30/09   |   snbslugger

I like how they start with the first 8 being current or former Red Sox players.  That's real cute.

I think posting this without a credible source to cite just adds to the hysteria.  If it's verified by a credible source, like an MLB official who's willing to go on the record, then I'll take it a little more seriously.

6/30/09   |   hxc_russ   |   2 respect

this PEDs thing is starting to get annoying... if it hasnt already to alot of people... i could care less cuz people cheat in everything and have at all different times of the game... players back in the day used to take alot of things so they wouldnt feel pain... and mess with the balls before they picthed... it happens its life theres no way people back then never did any kind of drug either.. you just will never know

6/30/09   |   backrubs62

101 Todd Helton,  i dont know if i can believe that one or not. 

6/30/09   |   Seachickenhawk

MrOrangeman wrote:
How can this be an accurate list?  Barry Bonds isn't even on this list..

#88

6/30/09   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

Pat wrote:
I think that's the biggest problem. The list looks right. Far too right to be true, if you ask me. There aren't enough names that would surprise anyone.

How can this be an accurate list?  Barry Bonds isn't even on this list..

6/30/09   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

Screw it.  Don't release the names of the PED users.  Release the names of all the guys that actually passed drug tests.  Give us something positive to look forward to for a change.  All of this tiptoeing around who actually did it or not is boring now.

Either release the names of guys that passed the drug tests or let Canseco write another book.  Apparently, that's the only way to get any truth out of all of this.

6/30/09   |   Seachickenhawk

Just to clarify to the people thinking that this is some sort of witch hunt against Boston...it's not.  Or at least not totally.  It might be more like a witch hunt against both Boston AND New York.  Yes, there are 8 Boston players on that list, but there are also 7 New York players on that list as well.  Both teams just happen to have the most players on this list that used PEDs more effectively.  Again, assuming that this list is correct and true.

6/29/09   |   bjaffe   |   10 respect

not one person on this list surprises me. look at all the pitchers who've broken down since then

6/29/09   |   lavabuster   |   30 respect

lol, at least Griffey isn't on the list...

6/29/09   |   CUBBY4LIFE   |   1 respect

Who ever made this list sure has it in for the 2003 Cubs.

6/29/09   |   tron8808   |   1 respect

  really all I've seen about that are a bunch of bum-sore Yankees fans hoping, which is pretty pathetic no matter how big you think your rivalry is.  You won't get that year back, so get over it.  You lost - finding something to hang your hat on isn't going to lessen your embarrassment.  Man up.


ha yeah im a cards fan and we got swept by the salks in the world series and im not complaining... but i guess it was fun to watch the yanks blow it :)

6/29/09   |   sprode   |   52 respect

(Edited by sprode)

I would legitimately be surprised if Pujols did it.  Or Papi... really all I've seen about that are a bunch of bum-sore Yankees fans hoping, which is pretty pathetic no matter how big you think your rivalry is.  You won't get that year back, so get over it.  You lost - finding something to hang your hat on isn't going to lessen your embarrassment.  Man up.

But anyway, yeah I agree.  This list is bogus.  Looks like a cobbled-together who's who meant to get the rumor mills churning and cause ruckus by some yahoo who thinks this is funny.  No doubt some of them are guilty, but really, do you think that all of the users by the time 2003 rolled around were exclusively big names?  Really, the ones still using were the ones who had the most to lose by being caught?  And what, the author couldn't recall enough names to avoid listing Burnitz twice?  Another thing is, note the amount of Latino names there.

I prefer to err on the side of caution before accusing someone of using.  Accusations can be far more damaging than confessions apparently.  One has to wonder why it took so long for this list to be leaked.  Only after A-Fraud got caught?  Really?  You also have to wonder at those on the list who suffered from injury or only had a couple of good years.

Guys like Sandy Alomar, Ivan Rodriguez, the Boones, Blake, Baeys (seriously, did he ever not suck), Klesko, Mota, K-Rod, Lowe, etc., it's hard to flat-out accept it as true without confirmation.  Some of these guys have given no indication, especially the ones that continue to produce and haven't been caught.  Back to Big Papi for example.  If he suddenly dropped off this year, he just quit using?  Why wasn't he caught then, and is he not entitled to a bad year or a decline?  It strikes me how the Red Sox are at the center of every speculation.  I'm no fan, but the target looks painted on.  I feel like we're holding the magnifying glass over anyone who isn't consistently mediocre, which isn't how sports works.

Sad part is that all we have to go on is this dark cloud of speculation sucking the life out of the game.  Guilty until proven innocent.  And the same front office that allowed this to happen continues to facilitate this plague.

6/29/09   |   tron8808   |   1 respect

 Look at all you guys bashing Pujols. Who on this list hits for average like Pujols on as consistent of a basis? 9 years in a row over .300.  On this list only Todd Helton has done that, and I have a hard time believing he is on the actual list. But sosa is right, it's just a list, not a sure thing so who knows.

6/29/09   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

Heyhey1970 wrote:
Plenty of 2003 Cubs there.  No surprise.  It would be a shame about Derek Lee, but his power numbers have been way down ever since.  I know this is partially wrong because there's no Albert Pujols.

Albert is next to be named I predict. Not next to shoot but next to have it released.

6/29/09   |   arv3403   |   20 respect

yanksawboy wrote:
 I can see big Papi in there he suck's this year!

 lol, following baseball much?

6/29/09   |   Seth   |   301 respect

(Edited by Seth)

Here's why I doubt this list. Well, not all of it, I'm sure some of those names actually are on it.
I know basically every single name on that list. All 104 of them.
When the Mitchell report named people, some were big names, some were so-so, and some were "who the heck is that guy"
Where are the no names on this list?
Where's your Daniel Naulty? Your Nook Logan? Your Larry Bigbie?

The more I look at it seems (and I could be wrong) but only the big names from the Mitchell report are on this list, not many of the lesser players.

6/29/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

At least the 2003 Reds looked clean (unless the test was done before Aaron Boone was traded to the Yankees). They may not have been great, but at least they took the old-fashioned route of hard work.

Reds for 2003 World Series Champions.

6/29/09   |   Jeff_P   |   19891 respect

THE LIST IS JUST A LIST, WE WILL SEE WHEN IT IS ALL SAID AND DONE.

6/29/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Ray_Gamma wrote:
 Alfonso Soriano shocks me. But in a way it doesn't.  That guy showed no physical signs of PED use. But the obscene amount of HR he produced for a guy so incredibly skinny is almost too good to be true. 


He can't run either.  He came to Cubs off a 40/40 season with the Nats and has never run on a regular basis since.  If he runs his hardest, a quad or groin explodes (like Nomar). 

6/29/09   |   Ray_Gamma   |   17 respect

 Alfonso Soriano shocks me. But in a way it doesn't.  That guy showed no physical signs of PED use. But the obscene amount of HR he produced for a guy so incredibly skinny is almost too good to be true. 


6/29/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Plenty of 2003 Cubs there.  No surprise.  It would be a shame about Derek Lee, but his power numbers have been way down ever since.  I know this is partially wrong because there's no Albert Pujols.

6/29/09   |   yanksawboy   |   8 respect

 I can see big Papi in there he suck's this year!

6/29/09   |   Surge

It seems there are too many stars on that list. I usually feel it's more common for fringe Major Leaguers to make the list over established guys.

6/29/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Can't help but notice there are a lot of West Coast guys on the list (or at least they were in 2003).  I wonder how many of them have ties to BALCO, since we already knew Giambi, Bonds, Sheffield, and a few others were linked.  Maybe Victor Conte is the one spilling the beans little by little..

6/29/09   |   MCnine   |   7 respect

no Cal Ripken, i'm good

6/29/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

I guess Burnitz was REALLY on the juice then, to be listed twice !!!       

6/29/09   |   dahizzle   |   6 respect

I don't understand why the writer of this column chose to mention Albert Pujols.  Saying a Cardinals fan wrote this is pretty bias.  He is one of if not the best hitter in the league.  I hate the "Your guilty until proven innocent" theme in MLB.  Way to go Bud Selig.

6/29/09   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

Lots of All-Stars....

6/29/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Damn, Chavy AND Byrnesy, that's a shame if true.  Both are really classy guys who have seemed to be running mainly on pure guts.  Most all of baseball is and has been dirty, so I don't care all that much, but it's somewhat disappointing to 1) see the names that are on that list and 2) have the list at all, but that's the way it goes I guess.  I do find it interesting that many of the players on the list are known for being injury-prone guys though.

6/29/09   |   WhoDey   |   6 respect

Quite a few Red Sox on there..

6/29/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

(Edited by guylake)

Caminiti and McGwire were out of  the bigs after 2001.

6/29/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

 Oh no...I hope my Fantasy Baseball Leagues don't ask me to return the prize money I won back in 2005 and 2006...

6/29/09   |   just_2_sweeet   |   8 respect

where's mark mcguire, ken caminiti, richie sexson. i don't think this is "the list" but i still say is pretty accurate. burnitz must have been a junkie

6/29/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Seachickenhawk wrote:
Assuming that PEDs work, and the former no-names were taking them...they would then cease to be "no-names."  Seriously, how else can you explain Jason Christiansen or Ben Weber?

Assuming that they work, they would work on everyone, right? So if they turn Barry Bonds into a guy who can hit 73 HR's, then what would they do to someone like... say... me? I could pitch in the mid-80's in high school. Could it push me up into the 90mph range? If my control were better, then that would be enough to get me in maybe AA-ball. And if a AA-caliber player took steroids, maybe that would push him into the majors, but he still wouldn't be a star.

While a performance boost might be able to transform some players from stars into superstars, it might just change some other players from guys who would never sniff the big leagues into players who get a few Major League innings, or a few MLB at-bats that they normally wouldn't have gotten.

6/29/09   |   JCAL9   |   59 respect

I just dont understand...  I mean didnt some of these players use ped's to help them recover from injuries?  That was the initial plan right?  During the time they tested positive, does that mean they were ok to use them because they weren't punished back then, but now they are being punished...  I'm just confused on why they are being repramanded now & they weren't when they did test positive..

6/29/09   |   TheRoss   |   356 respect

Yeah, color me suspicious too. Too many well-known players on the list, and virtually no "who? players on there for me to believe it is real, unless we get it from a reliable sports site.

6/29/09   |   Seachickenhawk

Pat wrote:
Did you see Nomar's shirtless SI cover? No surprise there. The others are a bit surprising, but all the hype has been about hitters... I think a lot of people are underestimating steroid use in pitchers. I just don't think that there were enough no-names on the list, really.

Assuming that PEDs work, and the former no-names were taking them...they would then cease to be "no-names."  Seriously, how else can you explain Jason Christiansen or Ben Weber?

6/29/09   |   Seachickenhawk

Let's assume for a moment that this list is true...

I see two things.
1) A good portion of these players are either playing far below their 2003 (and earlier) levels or are out of baseball.  Players like Shea Hillenbrand, Guillermo Mota, Ryan Klesko all had their careers take a nosedive and are either out of baseball or just struggling to stay in. 

2)  Players like Bonds, Manny, K-Rod, Todd Helton and Milton Bradley were all good players without them having to wheez the juice (sorry to those Pauly Shore haters) and they're still in the game (aside from Bonds who keeps trying to get back in).

This list unfortunately makes sense.  However, just like most things on the internet, you can't really trust it unless it comes from the source.

6/29/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Pat wrote:
Did you see Nomar's shirtless SI cover? No surprise there. The others are a bit surprising, but all the hype has been about hitters... I think a lot of people are underestimating steroid use in pitchers. I just don't think that there were enough no-names on the list, really.


6/29/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Did you see Nomar's shirtless SI cover? No surprise there. The others are a bit surprising, but all the hype has been about hitters... I think a lot of people are underestimating steroid use in pitchers. I just don't think that there were enough no-names on the list, really.

6/29/09   |   crash78

After the events of the last few years, NOTHING WILL SUPRISE ME coming out of MLB.

6/29/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

At this point nothing would shock me. Look either release this list or not. Even though I think it sucks that this list hovers over MLB like Bud Selig errrr a black cloud over the game and prevents it from trying to recover and move on, but the test was supposed to be kept private. Those were the conditions set and they should be honored even though it is holding everyone who may be clean hostage. 

6/29/09   |   tron8808   |   1 respect

 No Pujols or Ibanez dummies. Ha! Suggesting Ibanez is on the juice is ridiculous, it's called National League pitching.

6/29/09   |   Orioles_Fan_82   |   12 respect

It looks like someone just took the best 5 or 6 players from each team and out them all to gether to form this list.
No way this is factual (but i'm sure many on this list are on the real list).

6/29/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

Eight members of the Red Sox on that list.

6/29/09   |   FirstTierSports   |   36 respect

Eric Byrnes? noooooooooo!

6/29/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Lobotomy Jones wrote:
That looks about right.

I think that's the biggest problem. The list looks right. Far too right to be true, if you ask me. There aren't enough names that would surprise anyone.

6/29/09   |   Lobotomy Jones   |   7591 respect

That looks about right.