Remember the infamous list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003? Yeah, I’m trying to forget, too.
Well, according to the Associated Press, the government will not contest an appeals court ruling from September that determined that investigators illegally seized the list. In other words, those tests are barred from being used in court.
In April of 2004, agents took urine samples and records from Comprehensive Drug Testing Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Inc. While they were armed with a search warrant to seize the results of 10 players — as part of the BALCO investigation involving Barry Bonds — they ended up with an entire database and a spreadsheet that included the names of 104 players.
Since then, Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz have acknowledged being on the list, while the New York Times has reported that Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez also tested positive.
Last month Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm, causing him to collapse while in the dugout during a Sox game. He underwent emergency surgery and spent over two weeks in the hospital recovering from the ordeal.
While Farquhar will not pitch at all in 2018 per his doctor’s instructions, he will be back on the field at a White Sox game next week, with Scott Merkin of MLB.com reporting that Farquhar will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before next Friday night’s game against the Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Farquhar’s wife, children and the doctors, nurses and staff from the RUSH University Hospital medical team which treated him will also be in attendance for the first pitch on what should be a very special night in Chicago.