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    A-Rod The Steroids User – WOW!!!

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    Now we know where Alex Rodriguez got his guns!

    According to Sports Illustrated, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for 2 anabolic steroids – primonolan and testosterone – during his 2003 MVP campaign. In 2003, MLB and the players union agreed to conduct anonymous drug testing to determine if MLB needed to implement mandatory, random drug testing on a going-forward basis with the 2004 MLB season. A-Rod was 1 of 104 players that tested positive for steroids-use. At the time, steroids were prohibited from being used without a valid prescription, but there were no penalties in place if a player tested positive. The 2003 results were supposed to be anonymous and remain confidential, but with the Barry Bonds/BALCO investigation, federal agents began demanding documentation through subpoenas from various organizations involved with drug testing. One of those companies was Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc., the company that handled A-Rod’s drug testing in 2003. And that is how the information was discovered and leaked concerning A-Rod.

    During that incredible 2003 MLB season, A-Rod put up monster numbers with the Texas Rangers – .296 batting average, .396 on-base percentage, 47 home runs, 124 runs scored, and 118 RBI’s. In 2004, those numbers fell – .286 batting average, .375 on-base percentage, 36 home runs, 112 runs scored, and 106 RBI’s. But in 2005 and 2007, presumably when he was no longer taking steroids because of the more stringent MLB drug testing, A-Rod’s numbers jumped way back up – .321 batting average, .421 on-base percentage, 48 home runs, 124 runs scored, and 130 RBI’s and then .314 batting average, .422 on-base percentage, 54 home runs, 143 runs scored, and 156 RBI’s. So to say all of his numbers are tainted with steroids use would be a little misleading. It is interesting to note that 2 of his best numbers occurred in his first 2 years in Texas – were they steroids-induced? We’ll probably never know. 2001 – .318 batting average, .399 on-base percentage, 52 home runs, 125 runs scored, and 135 RBI’s and 2002 – .300 batting average, .392 on-base percentage, 57 home runs, 125 runs scored, and 142 RBI’s

    A-Rod is a 3-time AL MVP with 553 career home runs. He is one of the few players that some critics claim could have caught Barry Bonds for the career home run record in order to return that status to a “clean” player. But now that is in jeopardy. A-Rod is currently the highest paid player in the game, having recently signed his 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees in 2007.

    It should be interesting to see how all of this plays out. He has long been considered a “clean” player by media critics and fans throughout his career. This steroids infraction has gotta tarnish his image, especially with the clear drop in numbers during the time of the alleged use and then non-use. Will he get elected to the Hall of Fame? If the votes for Mark McGwire over the last few years are any indication – we think not…

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