A-ROID?

By: Bill DiNicola
By: Bill DiNicola

Four sources have independently told Sports Illustrated that In 2003, when he hit 47 home-runs and won the AL MVP award for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids.

Rodriguez is among 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in the '03 tests. That test was used to determine if it was necessary for the MLB to impose mandatory random drug testing.

Rodriguez has declined to comment on the Sports Illustrated report.

Steroids has been banned in baseball for some time, but in 2003 there were no penalties for a positive test. The results of that year's survey testing of players were meant to be anonymous.

SI is reporting that Rodriguez's testing information was found after federal agents seized the '03 test results from Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc., one of two labs used by MLB in connection with that year's survey testing.

Because more than 5% of big leaguers had tested positive in 2003, baseball instituted a mandatory random-testing program, with penalties, in '04.

The Yankees traded for Rodriguez before the 2004 season, then signed him to a new contract in November 2007. The 10-year deal could be worth as much as $305 million. if certain achievements are met . Rodriguez is guaranteed $275 million.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Who cares, just another over paid pro-baller that thinks he is above the law.
  • by 7 Points 2 Read Location: G-Ville on Feb 10, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    1) Pete Rose bet on baseball. 2) What does Nascar have to do with A-Rod? 3) 100% of athletes use some type of enhancements whether its steroids, Creatine or whatever. 4) These substances help recovery of tears and injuries. 5) You must still have skills. Let "Joe The Plumber" take steroids and see if he can hang with A-rod or anyone else in Major League Baseball. 6) The people making these comments merely do not understand steroids or any of these other drugs. 7) Should Coffee be banned from the workplace because people get a little energy in a cup? Would you agree with that? This is how baseball players and coaches view steroids.
  • by Problem solver on Feb 9, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    The test results were supposed to be sealed, The bigger problem is a violation of privacy, AROD or anybody. We've got bigger problems if the Justice department can't maintain sealed documents without the information leaking out. A Rod did nothing against the rules at the time. Messy divorces are killer, His ex could very well be one of the four sources
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 8, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    Whatever's in your pants is not news, stinks too much to be news, unless it's really bad news. Barry Bonds had to put on 40 pounds of muscle at an advanced age in an extremely short time to help his pain I guess. That's a load of crap. He used for the same reason the others use, to get bigger and stronger through doping, not through hard work. You hero worshiper would never find anything wrong with anything these guys do. You are right about one thing, they deserve their money. They deserve any amount a fool is willing to give them. It will never be my money because I haven't bought a ticket to a professional sports event in over 10 years and will not. I spent my last foolish $50 to watch a pro basketball team sleepwalk through a game they obviously didn't want to play.
  • by i got the news Location: itsinmypants on Feb 8, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Look I am not going to sit here and down Dale E. He was a great guy it seems like but ever since he died NASCAR has died. That's why they invented the whole race for the cup which is by far the stupidest thing they have done for the sport. If you want to call it that. NASCAR drivers and cheerleaders are about in the same category. They are not athletes. They are just really, good drivers. They don't have to run, jump, or even move their bodies. Only their feet on the gas and brakes. Plus they only race once or twice a week. I hope Dale rest in peace but come on baseball stars deserve their money (except for some of the guys playing for the Yankees I hate the Yankees).
  • by i got the news Location: itsinmypants on Feb 8, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    thank you so much, neighbor. Apparently Tad thinks if these guys get paid millions of dollars that they will forget about pain. These guys aren't druggies or dopers. These guys play over 100 games a season. Then they have spring training and all that. Do you ever realize that 80% of the year the MLB is around? Get a grip, man. I say they just get fined instead of having to go through trials. I feel these guys should not be embarassed for their choice to do steroids. Next time think before you pop off because your the one not making a point. You made it sound like these guys are smoking crack when they are simply using these steroids to get over pain and help them get through lots and lots of workouts.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 8, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    Howdy 'Your Neighbor', don't talk to us like fools. Barry Bonds didn't have a late growth spurt in his thirties naturally. He transformed his body with drugs and added the much needed strength to turn what would have been routine fly balls into home runs. Please, we are not blind. If you couldn't cut it without doping while you played, perhaps you should have just gotten a real job and left the baseball to the guys who could cut it. See ya, neighbor.
  • by wr nc on Feb 8, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Its very easy to stop . If you are tested positive you lose half your salary. The second time 25% more and all your endorsements. The third time you lose it all.That doesn't seem to complicated to me.I believe thats the only way to control drugs in ballplayers whether its steriods in baseball or cocaine in football or crack in the NBA, to take enough salary away that its not worth it.
  • by YOUR NEIGHBOR Location: ENC on Feb 8, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    Some of you consider this cheating. That they should be ashamed of themselves. Have you ever taken a headache pill?? Or maybe some cold medication..?? I played baseball four years in college, 7 years in the minors. my last four years, I really didnt have an off season due to playing winter ball in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Bodies get worn out and tired, muscles break down. I never took anything illegal but if it wasnt for muscletechs' creatine or vitamin B injections, protein supplements, I would have never made it. Most people dont realize that supplements, illegal or over the counter, dont really help you perform better, they just help you recover faster. Hitters still have to hit the ball square, pitchers still have to hit their spots and stay off the middle of the plate. A-Rod or Barry Bonds or whomever, they still have to make contact at the perfect time in perfect form in order to drive the ball. Steroids or supplements do not help in that in any way.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Feb 8, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Earnhardt is dead. Dead as Julius Caesar. Get over it and move on with your lives.
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