Saturday, February 7, 2009

A-Rod Tested Positive For Steriods in '03

According to, citing independent sources, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez reportedly tested positive for two types of anabolic steroids in 2003. Rodriguez, who hit .302 with 35 HR in 138 games last season, would not comment on the issue. Major League Baseball does not have a penalty in place for players who tested positive in 2003, the first year of testing.

In 2003, Rodriguez hit .298 with 47 HR in 161 games for the Rangers, winning the AL MVP. In 2002, he hit 57 HR in 162 games. Some of his teammates in 2003 include Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez, both have been accused of using steroids.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.


Anonymous said...

He isn't guilty yet. We have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Baseball Stu said...

And this is surprising??

Look, the stuff WAS NOT against the rules, so you can't penalize them. Period!

Anonymous said...

He didn't reportedly test positive for two types of anabolic steroids.

He tested positive for Primobolin, an expensive anabolic steroid, and testosterone, which is NOT an anabolic steroid, but rather obviously a hormone.


Anonymous said...

"Look, the stuff WAS NOT against the rules, so you can't penalize them. Period!"

I'm not really in favor of punishing any player (I would tend to blame the union, for being intentionaly obstructionist WRT performance enhancing drugs). However, aren't steroids federally controlled substances, and as such, isn't it against the law to obtain, traffic and/or consume them?

It seems to me that, if they wanted to, MLB could justify punishing any proven steroid user, even if the use took place before rules were in place. As an extreme example, I'm sure that the NFL doesn't have a rule against dog-fighting, but Mike Vick is currently suspended from playing in the NFL.