Surprise! A-Rod Used Steroids

Saturday, February 07, 2009

There is rarely anything that shocks me in this world anymore, and on a scale of 1-10, A-Rod taking steroids comes in at a .25. Jose Canseco called the Yankee slugger a user in his book "Vindicated", but Rodriguez vehemently denied the allegation. Well today (weird that this broke on a Saturday), SI is saying that he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Primobolan and testosterone back in 2003....

In 2003, when he won the American League home run title and the AL Most Valuable Player award as a shortstop for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids, four sources have independently told Sports Illustrated.

Rodriguez's name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball's '03 survey testing, SI's sources say. As part of a joint agreement with the MLB Players Association, the testing was conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing across the major leagues in 2004.

When approached by an SI reporter on Thursday at a gym in Miami, Rodriguez declined to discuss his 2003 test results. "You'll have to talk to the union," said Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman since his trade to New York in February 2004. When asked if there was an explanation for his positive test, he said, "I'm not saying anything."
While this isn't surprising, it's not all that damaging to Rodriguez. Steroid use wasn't yet banned in Baseball back in 2003, and the samples tested were supposed to be kept anonymous. Obviously, as we've seen with Bonds, Giambi, etc., that hasn't held true. But as we've seen with Giambi, Pettitte, etc., a little time just makes everyone forget.

It will still taint A-Rod's legacy as a hitter, but I don't think it will hurt him as much as Bonds or McGwire.

Sources tell SI Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003 (Sports Illustrated)


hE yuzded teh stair-oyds? i amz shockt

Anonymous said...
Feb 7, 2009, 12:46:00 PM  

Do another interview with Katie Couric and it'll all blow over, A-Rod.

Feb 7, 2009, 1:02:00 PM  

Pujols is the lone man standing in the best pure hitter debate now.....

Pete said...
Feb 7, 2009, 1:07:00 PM  

Griffey is now the best PURE hitter of this era

Feb 7, 2009, 1:10:00 PM  

David Eckstein is the lone man standing in the best pure hitter debate now

/at the rate we're going'd

As much as I'd like to try, nothing will beat this line about A-Rod.

Feb 7, 2009, 1:18:00 PM  

as much as it does not surprise it still means no hall of fame for bonds, clemens, and now a-roid.

CC said...
Feb 7, 2009, 1:30:00 PM  

As a Bonds fan, this amuses me quite a bit. So much for A Rod being the savior for the home run record.

Joey said...
Feb 7, 2009, 2:04:00 PM  

Hmmm....I guess those 'roids wear out in October?

SSReporters said...
Feb 7, 2009, 2:09:00 PM  

name your sources!

- Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder

questionmark said...
Feb 7, 2009, 2:17:00 PM  

Excellent news! Now lets get all the other positive results. I want them all signing autographs with Pete Rose in a card shop down the road in Cooperstown forever. No forgiveness in my world.

FightingPike said...
Feb 7, 2009, 5:36:00 PM  

Well, it's another opportunity for all the holier than thou hacks to come out and rail against the evils and how the game has been 'tainted'. What nonsense. The game has always had players seeking an edge and this is no different. Especially when there have been no diffinitive studies to prove their effectiveness.

I think the larger question is how this damages the relationship between MLB and the Union. These tests should have been anonymous because they were only used to determine whether there should be a program. The fact that MLB allowed a process where names could be attached shows they cannot be trusted. The owners may think they won, but I predict armageadon when the CBA comes up.

Kevin said...
Feb 7, 2009, 10:57:00 PM  

I know this story is important, but SNY (New York) took it to a whole 'nother level. The station was due to air the Providence/West Virginia game starting at 4, but they broke in for a 'special report' to talk about this A-rod deal. They had two phone interviews over the course of about 10 minutes and then went to the game about 3 mins of game time in. OK fine enough. But at 4:30, they broke in again to Re-Air the exact same 10 minute interview segment, literally the same tape and missed another 5-6 minutes of gametime. Not that this was a huge basketball game, but did they really have to break in twice in one hour to cut away?? By the way, they re-aired this thing at halftime and I never came back to SNY.

Anonymous said...
Feb 8, 2009, 12:39:00 AM  

Mike Patrick does not approve of A-Rod.

JFein said...
Feb 8, 2009, 8:16:00 PM  

How much you want to bet that finding a way to break the Yanks' contract with A-Clod is #1 on Cashman's to-do list for this week?

Anonymous said...
Feb 8, 2009, 8:32:00 PM  

Yes, but he has the soul of a poet.

Wade Robertson said...
Feb 9, 2009, 9:08:00 AM  

"While this isn't surprising, it's not all that damaging to Rodriguez"

Are you fucking kidding me AA? This is huge for Arod. Sure, he might not get suspended or fined, but he was already anointed as the "clean" successor to Bonds homerun record.

Also, there's this thing call the Baseball Hall of Fame if you didn't already know.

rondoman said...
Feb 9, 2009, 7:41:00 PM  

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