Saturday, February 7, 2009

Breaking News on A-Rod

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez

A report claims Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids while playing for the Texas Rangers in 2003. (Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill)

According to a report on Sports Illustrated's web site, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, his last season with the Texas Rangers before joining the Yankees.

Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids, four sources independently told Sports Illustrated.

A-Rod won the American League home run title and the AL Most Valuable Player in 2003.

The web site reported Rodriguez's name appeared on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball's survey testing in 2003.

There were no mandatory penalties for using steroids that year; instead, testing was conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random tests in the future. MLB began random testing in 2004 and started imposing stiffer suspensions in 2005.

Rodriguez told an SI reporter, "You'll have to talk to the union," and, "I'm not saying anything."

Players' union head Donald Fehr did not comment in the report.

Results of the 2003 steroid tests were meant to be kept a secret, but that changed when federal agents raided a drug testing lab as part of their investigation into the BALCO scandal, SI reported.

Sources familiar with the seized evidence told SI that Rodriguez tested positive for testosterone and an anabolic steroid known by the brand name Primobolan.

Primobolan is known by the chemical name methenolone enanthate. It is taken orally or through injection and is considered "safe" because it has relatively few side effects. It is also considered one of the most expensive steroids. It improves strength and maintains lean muscle without developing excess bulk.

Side effects include oily skin, acne, increased facial/body hair growth or an aggravation of male pattern baldness.

(My Question) What does this do to his reputation,

1-With Baseball fans around the country?

2--With Yankee fans (many who hate him anyway)?


"Nutball Gazette" said...

My first comment is that if you are one like I am that does not recognize Barry Bonds as the Home Run King A-Rod is not ever going to get the reconization as the all-time Home run king either., also I think A-Rod will have a difficult time getting in to the Hall Of Fame also.

Anonymous said...

A group of fans will simply look at the salaries, shake their head, say "they don't get it" (they being baseball's money makers), and move on with their life because baseball is still suffering from the way it ignored the issue for so long.