Feds Have 104 Positive MLB Drug Tests

And may release names, despite vow of anonymity

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 18, 2008 5:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – US Attorneys have a list of 104 baseball players who failed a 2003 drug test, even though the players' union vowed to keep those names secret. The union has contested the Feds' search, but the list could become public in a matter of weeks, reports the New York Times.

Baseball performed the 2003 test to see if steroid use was widespread, not to name names. When more than 5% of players tested positive, the league and union agreed to penalty testing, but MLB held on to the results. Feds eventually tracked them down through the BALCO case, and hope the list will help them nab more steroid dealers.

Kirk Radomski implicated dozens of major leaguers in the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but the 2003 test results the US Attorney's Office got its hands on could finger dozens more.   (AP Photo/Ed Betz, file)
Many of the 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 may have already been investigated by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell in his 2007 report.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer,FILE)
The MLB players union allowed an anonymous drug test to be conducted in 2003 to determine whether usage rates warranted random screening in future seasons. Over 5% of players tested positive.   (Getty Images)
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