That Alex Rodriguez may have used PEDs in high school and while a member of the Yankees are the biggest headlines being generated by the impending release of the book written by Selena Roberts.
But it has already been established that Rodriguez used PEDs. He admitted so himself in February after Roberts reported on his having failed a drug test. These latest reports are not exactly startling.
Besides, Major League Baseball has made it clear that players will not be punished for drug use that took place before the testing program was put in place in 2006. Presumably, Rodriguez has not tested positive since then or he would have been suspended.
But what of the allegation that Rodriguez tipped off pitches to opposing players he was friendly with in the hopes that they would do the same for him? There is no statute of limitations for that.
Such actions directly threaten the integrity of the game. Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB’s investigations department have little choice but to determine whether that charge is valid.
Defenders of Rodriguez are quick to point out — and correctly so — that many players were using PEDs during what we now call the Steroids Era. It is unfair to make him the face of baseball’s drug problem.
But not even Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire would have told the opposition what was coming. If A-Rod is found to have put his own meaningless statistics ahead of the legitimacy of the game, even his most ardent supporters would have trouble excusing that.
UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.: I stand corrected. A-Rod’s supporters apparently have no trouble whatsoever defending anything he does based on the comments to this post. It’s amazing how everything he did is either somebody else’s fault or simply shouldn’t have been reported in the first place.