In a surprise to pretty much no one, the New York Times is reporting that Sammy Sosa was among the 104 players to fail a steroid test in the 2003 MLB survey testing.
Rumors about Sosa's steroid use have been circulating for years, and the matter was not helped when he suddenly forgot how to speak English at the Congressional hearings in March 2005. However, to apparently have confirmation of the fact is another blow to baseball, which continually sees it's heroes of the last 15 years go up in smoke like a nest egg built entirely upon Enron stock.
If you're keeping track at home, four of the top 10 and five of the top 12 MLB career home run leaders have been linked to steroid use.
And, out of the 104 players who failed the 2003 test, we know that Jason Grimsely, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa are three of the failees, while 101 others remain anonymous, but only until more names appear in print. And they will, as too many people have seen the list to expect it to remain out of public view.
And each time another big name appears, a little bit more of the sham of the steroids era is revealed.