RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
TOM GOLDMAN: Hi, Renee.
MONTAGNE: And let's hear the details on that New York Times report.
GOLDMAN: The identities of those 104 players were supposed to be protected, and the union was supposed to destroy the list of names. But it didn't, and the legal battle over the list has gone on for several years. And it could even be headed to the Supreme Court.
MONTAGNE: And the other names on that list - who else emerged?
GOLDMAN: And you know, there will be increased clamoring for the rest of the names to be released. Some say, you know, get it over with, get the names out there. Deal with them; move on. Others say no, that's unlawful and unethical, and it's breaking the confidentiality agreements made back in 2003.
MONTAGNE: Okay. So Alex Rodriguez's name was on the list and after that name emerged he said, yes, in fact, I did use banned substances. But with Sammy Sosa, are we surprised? He's come under suspicion for steroid use.
GOLDMAN: Yeah, you're right about that, and we really aren't that surprised. In fact, last night on ESPN's "SportsCenter," it was story number three, after a couple of reports on key Major League baseball games. It still was covered at length, but you know, there just wasn't the breathless urgency that we've seen with other reports of this kind, partly because, as you've mentioned, there have always been suspicions about Sammy Sosa - from his bulked-up physique to his huge numbers later in his career to his corked-bat incident, which showed that he had the capacity to cheat, and partly because after Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire and Rafael Palmeiro and Miguel Tejada and Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte and others, we're conditioned to expect this kind of news about prominent players from the steroid era in baseball, which is roughly from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s.
MONTAGNE: And you know, looking back over what Sammy Sosa has said - he famously testified before Congress in 2005 at a hearing about performance- enhancing drugs in baseball - could anything he said there get him in trouble now with this new information?
GOLDMAN: Now, this could've been some clever parsing because steroids and other drugs banned in the U.S. are legal in the Dominican Republic. So if he used them there, as it is implied in today's New York Daily News, he wasn't breaking Dominican law nor U.S. law. So there's no word on whether Congress will pursue any action yet on Sosa possibly lying under oath to lawmakers.
MONTAGNE: Tom, thanks very much.
GOLDMAN: You're welcome.
MONTAGNE: NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman.
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