Guillen wants entire '03 list released
White Sox manager tired of leaks after news on Manny, Ortiz
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen was eating lunch on Thursday afternoon when he saw the news flash across his television screen.
David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were reported to be on the list of 104 players who tested positive in Major League Baseball's 2003 survey testing for performance-enhancing drugs, according to anonymous lawyers who spoke to The New York Times. Ortiz later confirmed he was on the list.
This 2003 survey testing was agreed to and conducted solely on the condition that the results would remain anonymous. With that restriction in mind, coupled with the superstar names who are periodically leaked, Guillen made a detailed plea on Thursday for this whole list to be revealed.
"Can somebody in baseball -- please, we're all begging, people -- get that stupid list out and move on," Guillen said. "This is ridiculous. This is embarrassing. This is a joke. Whoever is there is there; get them out and that's it. We're going to continue being alive, we're going to continue playing the game. But sitting here every freaking day, every manager, every player, responding to same question, it's getting tired. It's old. It's not me. Every time I put the TV on, every manager is saying the same stuff we do.
"Little by little? Come on. If you're going to divorce me, divorce me right away. Don't say you're going to leave me. I'm serious. If you are going to talk every night, 'I'm going to divorce you,' no, get out of my house."
Mark Buehrle and Paul Konerko, who both have served as player representatives to the union for the White Sox, took a more sedate approach than Guillen.
"I see both sides of it. I do because I know I'm not on there," Buehrle said. "I understand when we got tested, they said it never was going to come out. But it seems like it's giving baseball a bad name. Every couple of weeks, every month, one name gets leaked out here and there. It's almost like get it all out and get it over with and go forward. But I don't know what's going to happen."
"It's an egregious thing to put it out there when it's not 100 percent right," Konerko said. "It could be, I'm not saying it's not. Who knows? I just think there's a lot of damage to be done. If it wasn't true, then there's a lot of backtrack, and the backtrack never works out as well for the guy as the initial story, so it's same old story. I don't know. It's the way the world is, I guess."
Guillen still believes the problem would be solved with all names on the list coming out at once.
"Every week we've got to come up with this thing, and it's getting old," Guillen said. "We all know the list is out there. It's like, who's going to be next? I was eating today and I see the news and I go, 'God. I've got to come out and respond to this stupid question again.'
"Believe me, if that list is going to be out there, it's not going to be any problem for baseball. Maybe people will be upset, disappointed. But there are already a few names out there. Maybe they need to talk about it. Maybe we need to talk about this every week to get people's attention, but it's not the right way to get attention."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.