Chipper Jones says court ruling too late

ATLANTA - A federal appeals court says investigators were wrong to seize the list of all baseball players who allegedly failed drug tests in 2003.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones figures it's too late to do anything about it now.

The names of several high-profile players - including Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz - already have been leaked as being among the 104 who reportedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs that season, even though the results were supposed to remain confidential.

'It doesn't matter now. The names are already out there in the general public,' Jones said. 'We've already got a number out there. It's not going to be over until it's all out there.'

Jones commented Wednesday shortly after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that investigators overstepped their authority when they seized all the positive tests, even though they only had a warrant for 10 results as part of the BALCO investigation into Barry Bonds and others.

'It's been a little bit shady from the get-go,' Jones said before the Braves faced the San Diego Padres. 'A lot of people's credibility and a lot of people's dignity have been damaged in this. I'm sure the players aren't happy about it. I know I'm not. But if you're going to leak the biggest names on the list, just so Major League Baseball can move on, get the rest of them out there so we can deal with it and get it behind us.'

Jones said he would have preferred that no players had been named after the initial round of testing, which was part of an agreement to gradually implement a drug-testing policy in baseball. But he believes more names will be made public, even with the court ruling.

'It's not going to stop. Somebody out there wants this to follow Major League Baseball for a very, very long time,' Jones said. 'It's not fair to the clean players. It's not fair to the players who've been leaked. Get 'em all out there so we can start the healing process.'