Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen might compete against each other on the baseball field. But when it comes to the list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during a random test in 2003, the two managers hold the same belief — release the list already.
“Just like everybody said, it’s getting old,” Gardenhire said on Friday afternoon. “It’s sad. It just keeps chewing at you. Every time you turn on the TV another name gets leaked off this list. So just put the list out there. If they are going to keep leaking the stinkin’ thing, put the whole list out there and let’s get it out of the way.”
Gardenhire’s comments came one day after a New York Times report revealed David Ortiz and Manny
Ramirez as the latest players to be included on the 2003 list. Guillen’s sentiments were played all over the national news Thursday as he begged for someone in baseball to get the list out, calling it “embarrassing” and “a joke.”
It’s a feeling that Gardenhire seems to share.
“They keep saying it’s not legal for them to get this list but somebody is getting it and somebody is doing it,” the Twins manager said. “Either find the mole or put the list out there.”
The latest report hit a little closer to home for Gardenhire since it involved Ortiz, a former Twin. Gardenhire was a coach with the Twins for most of Ortiz’s tenure with the club before becoming manager in 2002 — the final year that Ortiz spent in Minnesota.
“Papi is a great guy,” Gardenhire said. “He’s one of the funniest guys in baseball. Always a big smile. It’s hard hearing something like that about him. My heart goes out to him.”
Gardenhire knows this is a tough time for Ortiz having his name revealed on the list. But the skipper feels it would be best for baseball as a whole to just get all the names out in the open rather than to continue to have these reports leaked out from time to time.
“I don’t wish it on anybody but the list is what it is,” Gardenhire said. “Lots of guys have been involved in it. Get it all out and let’s get it over with”.