Via the Miami Herald -
But [A-Rod's high school coach Rich] Hofman knows him better than most, has known him since he was a 15-year-old at Westminster Christian School. He coached Rodriguez and three other future major leaguers to the national No. 1 ranking in 1992. He predicted that Rodriguez would be the No. 1 draft pick and greatest player of his day.
Steroids in high school? Hofman scoffs.
”It’s totally unsubstantiated, totally false, all innuendo, a vendetta,” said Hofman, 64, retired after winning 10 state titles at Westminster Christian and at Westminster Academy in Broward. “We had a close-knit group and in all our conversations, steroids never came up. These kids loved to play baseball. We had a rigorous program and that’s why we were good — we earned it.”
In the book, a former teammate said Rodriguez used steroids (his connection was a dog kennel owner) and Hofman knew it. Another student said Hofman’s son David, who played football with Rodriguez, saw Rodriguez use steroids.
”Totally bogus,” Hofman said.
The only things Hofman saw his players ingest were protein shakes. Those, plus weight training and a growth spurt would explain how Rodriguez gained 25 pounds between 10th and 11th grade, and improved his bench press from 100 pounds to 310.
Hofman said Rodriguez wasn’t the deceitful type.
”Other than the usual tomfoolery, they hung out at Doug Mientkiewicz’s house,” Hofman said.
How does one reconcile Hofman’s belief in Rodriguez with the A-Rod who admitted he took steroids in 2001-2003, but also made the ridiculous claim that he didn’t know what he was taking at the time except that “they weren’t Tic-Tacs”?
He said he stopped after he left the Rangers, but Yankees teammates disagree and nicknamed him for his ample pecs, a condition called gynecomastia often caused by steroids. Watch the YouTube clip of a shirtless A-Rod on the Letterman show. An unnamed player said A-Rod and Kevin Brown were seen with human growth hormone in 2004.
‘Alex called me and said, `Coach, I can swear on a stack of Bibles that there’s nothing to this,’ ” Hofman said.
And, via mlb.com -
Recent accounts from excerpts in an upcoming book that Alex Rodriguez may have turned to steroids in high school were refuted Thursday by Dodgers utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz, who was a teammate of Rodriguez’s at Westminster Christian High in Miami.
“There’s no way,” Mientkiewicz told Yahoo! Sports. “I was with him too much, I was with him for too long. Our team was together, like, 20 hours of the day. Every day.”
The Warriors won the Florida state championship and were USA Today’s top-ranked team during Rodriguez’s junior year.
But Mientkiewicz, who graduated in 1992 and was a year older than Rodriguez, said the Yankees slugger naturally got bigger.
“He also grew two or three inches,” Mientkiewicz said. “You’re talking about a 15-year-old kid who looked really skinny and scrawny. Then he hit puberty and he grew into a man. Everybody goes through it. So now every 13-to-15-year-old kid is going to be accused of this, because he hits puberty?”
It’s funny. Those who want to discredit what’s in the Roberts book often say it’s a case of “he said, she said” and therefore you cannot take what’s in the book as truth. However, could not the “he said, she said” discount logic also apply to what’s being said by people like Hoffman and Mientkiewicz?