• Report: Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive For Steroids In 2003

    Posted by on February 7th, 2009 · Comments (30)

    I just turned on the MLB Network and saw Tom Verducci talking about this in a Breaking News segment…

    My thanks to those who left comments here in other entries, also alerting me of this…

    Here’s the scoop from SI.com -

    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.”

    Phone messages left by SI for players’ union executive director Donald Fehr were not returned.

    Wow. If true, Jose Canseco was right again. And, all of a sudden, the Joe Torre book doesn’t seem like the biggest news in Yankeeland any more…

    Update, 12 noon EST, 2/7/09: How many times do you think this video clip will be replayed in the next 24 hours?

    Comments on Report: Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive For Steroids In 2003

    1. antone
      February 7th, 2009 | 11:29 am

      This shouldn’t surprise anyone…It was common knowledge YEARS AGO that Canseco and A-Rod were close…even before he was on the Yankees…I figured back then he was on the ‘roids…I bet A-Rod hits about .260 this year..I hope he’s ready to embrace his role as a bad guy now..or else he’s gonna be awful this year

    2. Corey
      February 7th, 2009 | 11:41 am

      he STILL had one of the best seasons a right handed hitter ever had after the testing…

    3. Raf
      February 7th, 2009 | 11:48 am

      *sigh*

      Well, looks like it’s going to dominate the MLB network… I was looking forward to watching today’s k games; they were in the middle of Cone’s 19k rebroadcast when the news broke.

    4. February 7th, 2009 | 11:56 am

      Corey – keep in mind, they don’t/can’t test for HGH. If it’s true that he was using PEDS in 2003, can we assume that he was clean since the testing began? There’s always THE CHANCE that he moved on to something post-2003 that would not show up in a test…right?

    5. Corey
      February 7th, 2009 | 12:06 pm

      yea i mean thats definitly true…as far as the k games, you KNOW they will repeat that…they repeat everything

      well the a-rod contract is one thing u can give cashman a hat tip for as he didn’t want to deal with him anymore.

    6. Corey
      February 7th, 2009 | 12:07 pm

      also, if i’m vince mcmahon, i start a baseball league stationed in some other country where steroids are allowed. Have it be like an nfl blitz league, I’d watch that.

    7. Corey
      February 7th, 2009 | 12:07 pm

      and you know mcmahon has the links to the goods

    8. Raf
      February 7th, 2009 | 12:18 pm

      well the a-rod contract is one thing u can give cashman a hat tip for as he didn’t want to deal with him anymore.
      —————
      If that’s the case, he could’ve traded him.

      Steve, as for the clip, I’ll take the over on “a billion” :D

    9. antone
      February 7th, 2009 | 12:19 pm

      also, if i’m vince mcmahon, i start a baseball league stationed in some other country where steroids are allowed. Have it be like an nfl blitz league, I’d watch that.
      ——————————–
      It’s sad that this idea is not that outrageous as it once would have been before the days of ‘roids.

      The year A-Fraud hit 57 for the Yanks, he supposedly lost weight, but he looked bigger than usual to me. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was taking something in a contract year either….

    10. antone
      February 7th, 2009 | 12:25 pm

      I was not a fan of a 10 year contract for A-Rod from the start…but there’s no way he makes it through those 10 years now…he’ll be retired or somewhere else at least 2 years before that contract is up

    11. thenewguy
      February 7th, 2009 | 12:57 pm

      What will Jeter have to say to THIS?

    12. February 7th, 2009 | 1:00 pm

      Another point – now we may just find out how pissed ex-Mrs. A-Rod is over the Madonna thing.

      For sure, someone will track her down and ask for a comment. It will be interesting to see/read her reaction to this…now that, again, REPORTEDLY, the cat is out of the bag.

      Will she let it slide, or, will she pile on?

    13. YankCrank
      February 7th, 2009 | 1:07 pm

      I was really looking forward to a clean Yankee capturing the home run record.

    14. thenewguy
      February 7th, 2009 | 1:13 pm

      Steve, what do you think will happen this season with A-Rod? Do you think he will get booed? Will people be supportive? Does it (as always) matter mostly on his performance? Do you think he will have a monster year to silence his critics? Or do you think he wilts under the pressure to perform and the media spotlight?

    15. February 7th, 2009 | 1:40 pm

      ~~Steve, what do you think will happen this season with A-Rod? Do you think he will get booed? Will people be supportive? Does it (as always) matter mostly on his performance? Do you think he will have a monster year to silence his critics? Or do you think he wilts under the pressure to perform and the media spotlight?~~

      It all depends on how he reacts to this…will he pull a Giambi/Pettitte or will he pull a Clemens/Bonds? And, of course, it depends on his peformance this season…

      FWIW, we do know that A-Rod is a headcase in the sense that he’s someone who will very easily start pressing, and failing, when there’s pressure. So, it will be interesting to see how he deals with this.

    16. antone
      February 7th, 2009 | 2:06 pm

      It all depends on how he reacts to this…will he pull a Giambi/Pettitte or will he pull a Clemens/Bonds? And, of course, it depends on his peformance this season…
      —————-
      Neither..he’s gonna pull an A-Rod and not show up at all.

      No apology, no fight against it. Would be shocked if he does either.

    17. butchie22
      February 7th, 2009 | 2:07 pm

      Afraud and now Aroid, when does this garbage stop. There was a recent post where aomeone was bragging about how stealth Cash Man came in and got Aroid back in 2003….what a bad idea that was! As productive as Aroid is, he is a PR mess. As much as I hate St Derek’s phoniness(he hides his indiscretions very well) in not bacing up his teammates and not ripping St Joe, Aroid is starting to annoy me just as much. There is always bad karma surrounding Aroid as great as he is then on top of it he is a headcase/mental patient.

    18. lisaswan
      February 7th, 2009 | 2:39 pm

      Steve, even if he does come clean with the fans a la Giambi/Pettitte, I don’t think he has the personality to get fans on his side again, the way those two did. And I say this as a fan of A-Rod!

    19. Evan3457
      February 7th, 2009 | 3:25 pm

      My own opinion is that A-Rod would likely best serve himself by saying nothing, ever, to anyone about this.

      Especially under oath.

    20. susanmullen
      February 7th, 2009 | 4:20 pm

      In December 2003 the Red Sox announced a trade for Arod (sending Manny to Texas). Lucchino said how much he appreciated Alex and Cynthia’s determination to move to Boston. As the players’ union was objecting, Bud Selig doubled the window time for the deal to happen. He very much wanted the Red Sox to get Arod. There is an AP/ESPN article about it. So Cashman was no stupider than the Red Sox. As far as the current contract, all the blame goes to the Yankees.

    21. MJ
      February 7th, 2009 | 5:05 pm

      For the record, the mere fact that so-called anonymous testing is being leaked to the media makes the players’ case very strong as to why MLB owners cannot be trusted with medical confidentiality.

      While I’m definitely disappointed to hear about this story — the fallout will be tremendously negative for A-Rod and the team — it’s just one more argument for why the owners are the biggest scumbags in the world. They condoned the use of steroids but are more than happy to leave the flaming bag of dogcrap at the feet of the players once they get caught.

      A-Rod is totally and completely screwed now. I’m dreading the aftermath of this story.

    22. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      February 7th, 2009 | 5:38 pm

      MJ, you’ve got your facts wrong. The tests were anonymous, and the Union had the right to destroy the samples and results. They did not, for unknown reasons. The results became of interest to the BALCO investigators, who secured a search warrant. The search warrant wanted info on the results for the ten players connected to BALCO but they ended up with a master list of the results for everyone.

      There is no evidence whatsoever that MLB got a hold of these results, let alone that anyone in MLB is the source. MLB certainly did not get the results complete with names, they agreed to an anonymous “survey” study to determine the extent of steroid use. The source is obviously someone at the Justice Department involved in the BALCO case.

      And as far as the owners being so awful, let’s not forget that there are sources indicating that Orza gave A-Rod advance warning of his 2004 test. Do you think he was working off of the list of “anonymous” test failures and was trying to make sure A-Rod didn’t get caught when the results would become public?

    23. Raf
      February 7th, 2009 | 7:54 pm

      FWIW, we do know that A-Rod is a headcase in the sense that he’s someone who will very easily start pressing, and failing, when there’s pressure.
      —————
      No we do not.

    24. February 7th, 2009 | 8:23 pm

      ~~~As far as the current contract, all the blame goes to the Yankees.~~~

      Actually, for me, this one is on Hank. It seems like Cashman was ready to let him walk when he opted out…at least in the public eye.

    25. February 7th, 2009 | 8:23 pm

      ~~No we do not.~~

      Yeah, those stats from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 post-seasons were just a fluke, right? ;-)

    26. JeremyM
      February 7th, 2009 | 8:31 pm

      It’s small sample size Steve, you know that. I think the guy presses a little bit, but on the other hand he’s had good postseasons as well.

      All that said, it’s too bad this stuff is going down. I just want to watch baseball.

    27. Raf
      February 7th, 2009 | 10:46 pm

      Yeah, those stats from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 post-seasons were just a fluke, right? ;-)
      ————-
      As much of a fluke as the rest of his postseason career ;-)

    28. February 7th, 2009 | 10:59 pm

      What I find most interesting, at this moment, is that, again, reportedly, A-Rod was told about this story two days ago…and never told the Yankees that it was going to break, and never tried to get in front of it.

      Man, if I’m the Yankees, I’m pissed right now.

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