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NY Times: A-Rod tested positive for banned stimulant in 2006

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Terrific breakdown of the entire Alex Rodriguez case in today’s New York Times.

The story is full of great details — the kind of stuff you expect from the Times — and a few new nuggets, including the assertion that Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, a fact never released because a player had to test positive twice before being punished.

Beyond the minor bit of news from seven years ago, the Times piece really serves as a great look into the details of the case and the investigation and the ugliness on every side of this fight. Highly recommended.

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44 Responses to “NY Times: A-Rod tested positive for banned stimulant in 2006”

  1. charlestonchew November 4th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I read this article last night and couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t heard of the banned stimulant test yet. The Times does great journalism–one of the few news outlets that still does.

    Alex made the wrong decision when he refused to settle or cooperate with MLB. They might have given him only 100 games if he were willing to sit down and talk.

    I have a feeling that the arbiter may have to consider a lifetime ban when he sees all the evidence and proof that Alex has cheated at least three times, making Biogenesis his 3rd and final “life-ban” offense.

    We can only hope.

  2. blake November 4th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    There was no time time penalty for “stimulant” use in 2006 so even if true it doesn’t really matter

  3. jpb173 November 4th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    charlestonchew November 4th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I read this article last night and couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t heard of the banned stimulant test yet. The Times does great journalism–one of the few news outlets that still does.

    Alex made the wrong decision when he refused to settle or cooperate with MLB. They might have given him only 100 games if he were willing to sit down and talk.

    I have a feeling that the arbiter may have to consider a lifetime ban when he sees all the evidence and proof that Alex has cheated at least three times, making Biogenesis his 3rd and final “life-ban” offense.

    ===============================================

    I don’t think that the arbiter can “expand” the suspension that MLB gave to ARod. He can either allow it to go forward in-full, reduce it or eliminate the suspension.

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    LMAO without even reading the article. Come back Arod. Please!!!! We really want you on this team.

    Fraud, con artist, cheat, liar.

    I said from jump street that for MLB to be asking for what they did, they had to have had compelling evidence.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I hope he walks or gets a greatly diminished sentence.

    To me, the real immorality is rooting for the utter downfall of a single player, when it’s so clear the “problem” is systemic and was enabled by the same hypocrites – the pelting, petty little officers – who would see him expelled with no chance at redemption, and no mercy, to dress themselves in false honors.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    …but proud man,
    Drest in a little brief authority,
    Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
    His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
    As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
    Would all themselves laugh mortal.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    May every cheat be caught and drop. One at a time.

    Good riddance. Never want to see him back in pinstripes every again.

  8. pkyankfan69 November 4th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Indians have made a qualifying offer to Ubaldo Jimenez.
    It’s a one-year, $14.1 million contract. Jimenez can accept that deal or decline it and test out the free agent waters. If he opts to decline and then signs with a new team this winter, the Indians will get a compensatory draft pick. Jimenez, 29, posted a solid 3.30 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 194/80 K/BB ratio in 182 2/3 innings this year.
    ———————
    Ubaldo becomes less appealing.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Almonte must be given a chance to earn an everyday job.

    I do not want to hear Wells/Ichiro platoon for RF. What a joke we have become, and all of it – avoidable; unnecessary.

    I don’t want to lose that pick, either.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Jiminez is such an enigma. Such stretches of greatness. I remember though that he never seemed the same after he got injured in Colorado. But then he had a pretty nice season with Cleveland this year.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    And the kid is only 22.

  12. yankeefeminista November 4th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Giving Grandy a QO is a no brainer. He won’t likely take it, but even if he doesn’t, we’ll get the pick. Just a sad comment that Wells and Ichi is a big part of our OF, and we’ll go after Beltran x years too late.

    Jiminez is 29.

  13. bigdan22 November 4th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Great read over at RAB on the budget and 189. Basically the Yanks can’t afford Kuroda or Granderson if Cano is re-signed. The team would only have $20MM left to fill out the bench, DH and two rotation spots. If you allocate 10-12 for a Tanaka, no money for the Grandyman or bringing back Kuroda. This is without, of course, discounting for Arod.

    Give you a real good sense why it’s a real risk making a QO to Granderson.

  14. yankeefeminista November 4th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    *commentary *Jimenez

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    OT – as the “sickness” season is approaching, I thought I’d mention that Airborne now comes in gummies, for those who don’t like effervescent drinks!

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Duh, sorry. His birthday is the 22nd!

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The Yankees notoriously go after players years too late.

  18. yankeefeminista November 4th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    It is a risk if you are actually keeping to 189 and if you are keeping the other OF’s on the roster. If you dump Ichi and play Zoilo, Grandy is much more affordable. Sad that we have come to this that dumpster divers are blocking real mlb players.

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’m guessing that 189 is no longer on the table. (I’ve guessed wrong before.)

  20. yankeefeminista November 4th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Don’t think Zoilo can put up a 1.1 WAR and a -0.3 UZR, guess again, advanced metrics fans.

  21. yankinvegas November 4th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Did you read the column by Kernan in the Post? This is the crap these idiots write. He says that we have gone after too many guys who only care about personal milestones and not the team, compared of course, to Boston who sign team guys like Gomes. Yeah, for 20 years we don’t know what we’re doing and the Red Sox find a pigeon in the Dodgers and then sign great team guys. Jonny Gomes is a lousy player. Basically, they got luckier than we did. Vernon Wells had a better year than Gomes. Where’s Kernan on that?
    Also that he, Kernan, told a Yankees official in Oakland 2 years ago that we should get Victorino and not Ichiro.
    Fine, let’s fire Cashman and hire Kevin Kernan. He can bring Bill Madden in as the director of happy hour.
    These NY writers make me sick.

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    yankinvegas, I don’t bother reading Kernan’s stuff. He’s written some pretty lopsided stuff about the Yankees before. Did he give examples of who our “milestone” players have been? The truth of the matter is that the Yanks have been able to bring on top-notch players who have really produced. Maybe Kernan is confusing that with personal milestone players. And top-notch players are the ones who get closer to milestones that other players. So really, it’s becomes a pretty circular argument. As much as I detest Clemens, I think he was the ultimate team player. When he was closing in on his 300th win, it was a mini horror show. But I don’t know that any pitcher closing in on number 300 would have been any less interested. Clemens was a egomaniac of the highest degree, but that didn’t keep him from being team oriented.

  23. Luds November 4th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    There’s a comment written at the end of a story I really liked, it’s short and describes exactly how I feel:

    “The only person who has harmed baseball more than A-Rod is Bud Selig.”

    No doubt in my mind A-Rod is dirty and did everything he could to hide it. But the whole affair by MLB is even more sickening. Without bias. A-Rod should be suspended 50 or 65 games, like Braun and the others, and that should be the end. The sharade against Bond/A-Rod by Selig is sickening and laughable.

  24. jacksquat November 4th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    So, more stuff about Arod released that is not supposed to be released.

  25. ronDL white November 4th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    We truly appreciate your wisdom, Trisha. It’s nice to have a lawyer on the blog to shed insight on matters that we lay people don’t fully understand. It helps to raise the intelligence of the blog.

  26. yankinvegas November 4th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Obviously Kernan did not name any specific players other than Ichiro.
    The Times piece was excellent. ARod will be suspended 50 games. The arbitrator will not add anything to the first offense penalty because of MLB’s conduct during the whole affair.
    In fact, I think that zero is more likely than 162.
    I also agree with Trish that 189 will wait for another time, when some bad deals expire. I know that the luxury tax is distasteful to Hal, but so should be the sight of the Red Sox winning a championship* and the hostility amongst his fanbase.
    Jonny Gomes, my left nut.
    *= David Ortiz

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Luds – Selig is a piece of dirt. No question. And if this is what it takes to bring him down, so be it. I’d like every bit of his dirt brought out. I’m not upset at all at their going after Arod. Arod is a serial cheat. There is nothing whatsoever to indicate he would stop cheating. He’s cheated the Yankees as well as all of baseball.

    I want all of the other behind-the-scenes stuff that Selig has done to be brought out. Funny that a steroid investigation against Arod would get everyone up in arms, but all the other crap that Selig has done to destroy the game doesn’t even get a mention here.

    Can’t get too excited about anyone’s angst about Arod. Sorry.

  28. Giuseppe Franco November 4th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Yawn. Who cares.

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    yankeefeminista November 4th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Don’t think Zoilo can put up a 1.1 WAR and a -0.3 UZR, guess again, advanced metrics fans.
    ///

    lol.

    The kid deserves a chance, which he should get for his LH pop alone, to say nothing of his ability to hit with 2 strikes.

  30. yankinvegas November 4th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I agree Trish. While I personally like Alex, I can see where others don’t.
    Selig’s transgressions involving the watering down of the product, the lousy umpiring, the Montreal-Florida-Boston franchise trade. The favoritism towards the Red Sox involving the Millar deal, the Schilling acquisition and contract, the salary dump with LA.
    The aggressive pursuit and removal of McCourt compared with the protection and financial propping up of the Wilpons’.
    All disgraceful.
    The Mitchell report – the biggest sham in history designed thoroughly to embarrass the Yankees.
    Did I read correctly in the Times piece that MLB is using Mitchell’s law firm in the ARod case?
    Unbelievable.
    By the way, Kernan did write that the purpose of his story is not to upset Mets and Yankees fans but to point out the correct way to build a championship team!! These NY writers are amazing in their pomposity and self-absorbance.

  31. blake November 4th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    “Give you a real good sense why it’s a real risk making a QO to Granderson.”

    Kinda says that the whole “winning comes before 189 “BS that Hal keeps spouting is exactly that…..BS

  32. jacksquat November 4th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I think there is zero chance Granderson accepts a QO.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Great read over at RAB on the budget and 189. Basically the Yanks can’t afford Kuroda or Granderson if Cano is re-signed.
    ///

    (my bold) :)

    Why not just not field a team at all this season, instead of pretending to field one?

    Think how much Hal could save.

  34. yankeefeminista November 4th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Matt Kardos mattkardos 5m
    No Mason Williams in the Scottsdale lineup today. Ten game hitting streak has the day off…
    ___
    Missed the Mason AB’s in the AFL Stars game. How’d he look?

    Looks like Ashmore is shutting down the Thunder Thoughts blog. Without him and Norris around, Thunder coverage will regress to utter suckitude.

    Pruf, yep. Z-man needs a shot, and I’ll bet he doesn’t strike out 29%+ like Salty did (Salty = 26+ when batting lefty) and I’d wager Salty’ll strike out even more with that gaping porch tempting him… even though when he connects, he’ll do damage. And as far as C goes, I can’t see the Yankees wanting Salty to follow in the footsteps of pitch framer extraordinaire RM… Still think we need to go back to working the count AB’s. One thing Alex did bring to the team when he returned in late summer…

    YanksinVegas, can’t say I read the NY Beat writers, and I am not surprised by most of their continuing lack of baseball savvy…

  35. yankeefeminista November 4th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Yanks made QO to Granderson. No brainer. Good move.

  36. yankeefeminista November 4th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    And speak of the devil :twisted: :arrow:

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    ronDLwhite – thank you for saying that. I am very interested in the legal aspects of things and happy to help out whenever I can.

    :)

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    GF – let me guess. Not you?

  39. Giuseppe Franco November 4th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    GF – let me guess. Not you?

    —–

    Nope, but you are firmly in the minority of those who do.

  40. 86w183 November 4th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    The Yanks have $ 94 M in commitments, albeit to only 7 players. If they want to get under the tax threshold they need to be at about $ 170 for the 25-man roster with another $ 5-6 earmarked for the remainder of the 40-man roster and $ 12 M or so for player benefits.

    With $ 76 M to spend on 18 players they could add two major contracts (total $ 40 M), but that would necessitate say 10 minimum wage or near players (total $ 6 M) and another six guys who average about $ 5 M each.

    If you have Alex’s $ 25 M to play with the job gets a lot easier.

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    “Nope, but you are firmly in the minority of those who do.”

    What a sad statement that is, if it’s true. Haven’t taken any polls so don’t know everybody’s thinking.

    On the other hand, when the economy is in the toilet, people don’t necessary focus on social and moral issues so much, so it wouldn’t surprise me to find out you’re correct, if you are.

  42. Duh Innings II November 4th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Selig is a slimeball for planning to retire after next year.

    Yeah, he’ll retire on his own terms instead of step down like he should for the mess he created or at least oversaw and did nothing about until the end when the evidence was stacked against him being silent thus compliant with the cheating.

    I’d ban A-Rod for all of 2014 (211 games to 162 games.) That’s enough to finish him as a player.

    If I was Yankees ownership I would publicly declare that the Yankees will never do the following re: Rodriguez:

    - Retire Alex Rodriguez’s number.

    - Sell merchandise with his name on it.

    - Invite Rodriguez to play a Yankees’ Old Timer Game or any other events at Yankee Stadium.

    - Do any business, not even charity work, with Rodriguez.

    - Give Rodriguez a 2014 World Series ring if the team wins the 2014 World Series.

    - Let him be part of the World Series ticker-tape parade.

    - Allow Rodriguez into Yankee Stadium (MLB fine paid for denying entry to Rodriguez be damned) or at least not comp him food and drink (buy your own food and drink with your millions and again, MLB fine for it be damned.)

    !@#$ him.

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