UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Sports Illustrated.com is reporting that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in 2003. The magazine cites four independent anonymous sources.
Said Rodriguez: “You’ll have to talk to the union. I’m not saying anything.” Previously, Rodriguez has denied using performance enhancing drugs of any kind.
Testing at that time was administered as a survey. Those tests were meant to be anonymous, but the results were seized by government investigators as part of the investigation into BALCO.
MLB banned steroids in 1991 but no punishments were in place in 2003. It also was, and remains, a crime to use such drugs without a prescription.
Rodriguez, 33, has 553 home runs and is on a pace that would see him break the record of 762 held by Barry Bonds. The government has charged Bonds with perjury for denying steroids use and a trial is underway.
UPDATE, 12:16 p.m.: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had no comment. The organization, he said, is working with MLB on this.
This was the earlier post today before this news broke. Uh … never mind:
For those that have finished reading Joe Torre’s book, you’ve likely noticed just how much attention was paid to Alex Rodriguez’s psyche – and I don’t mean his alleged affinity for Derek Jeter.
Anyone who was around the Yankees for any period of time would quickly understand just how fragile A-Rod’s ego is, and the book talks numerous times about conversations Yankees would have – everyone from Torre to Larry Bowa to Brian Cashman to Jason Giambi – about how to get Rodriguez to perform at his best and, essentially, keep his mind from getting in the way of his bat.
For whatever reason, A-Rod has a tendency to just focus on the wrong stuff. He is often so concerned about how something will look that he forgets about how it will actually turn out – putting style in front of substance. I liken it to someone pausing before saying something, appearing to put thought into what they’re going to say, but then saying the wrong thing anyway. How could that happen? Because they weren’t actually thinking about what they were going to say – they were more concerned about how it would sound.
Rodriguez’s one saving grace with the Yankees has been odd-numbered seasons. In 2003 (his last year with Texas), 2005 and 2007, he has won MVP awards and hit 47, 48 and 54 home runs, respectively. Obviously this year he will begin spring training with a controversy (the Torre book/possibly more Madonna stuff), but history would show it won’t matter on the field. Given his past, it seems reasonable to think 2009 will be a big season for A-Rod.