Diamonds and Ice

He’s not A-Fraud, he’s A-Roid

So Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003. Surprised? Don’t know why you would be.

There should be no baseball player’s name that truly shocks you when it comes to performance-enhancing drug use. There was/is big money involved in baseball, there was no true MLB drug policy with any teeth.

My question is why Alex Rodriguez felt the need to juice in the first place? He already was a player with immense talent and an immense long-term contract with the Texas Rangers. Then again, guys with huge egos …

The thing that really bothered me about the whole A-Roid “scandal” is that a promiment member of the MLB Players’ Association supposedly tipped off Rodriguez a year or so later that he was about to get steroid tested again.

So you are more concerned about one of your most prominent union members getting busted again instead of making sure he’s not juicing anymore? It’s things like this, that money over everything mentality, that has long bothered me about the MLBPA.

And while we’re at it, what is it with the New York Yankees and performance-enhancing drugs? A-Roid, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens, Chuck Knoblauch, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield (always rumored but never proven) …

They’re not the Bronx Bombers, but the Bronx BALCOs. They’re not the New York Yankees, but the New York Needles.




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A-Roid! Kiss the Hall bye-bye!

Like we should be surprised.

Comment by Mike Coleman

Helluva headline!!! I’ll bet they’ve been waiting for just the right time to break that one out.

Comment by marcmwm

No, I’m not surprised he tested positive in 2003. Here’s some rough math.
104 tested positive, correct? Let’s just say 900 guys were on MLB rosters in ’03. It’s probably more, but I’m giving each team 30 guys. Of those, over 12 percent tested positive. That to me is enough for management and labor to say, look, we have a problem and it needs to get solved.
I do think it is a little unfair to bring the Yankees into it, J.J., when it is a fact that at least eight guys on the 2003 Rangers have been linked to steroids (that makes 33 percent of a 25-man roster), and that number will probably go up.

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