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Rodriguez responds to Times article allegations

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

Let’s end the day with Alex. Why not? My desire is always to completely ignore this story, but it can’t be done. It’s literally one of the league’s most high-profile players in a public fight with the league itself. Ever step along the way might cause a few eye rolls, but it’s also fascinating to see this whole thing play out. If you’re looking for a nice opinion and perspective piece, be sure to check out Wally Matthews’ latest. Really good stuff.

Alex RodriguezNEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, The New York Times reported Monday, an accusation denied by a representative of the legal team for the New York Yankees’ third baseman.

The newspaper cited two unidentified people involved with baseball’s drug-testing program.

Baseball’s joint drug agreement specifies the discipline for a first positive test for a banned stimulant is six additional unannounced drug tests over the year following the violation. A second stimulant violation would result in a 25-game suspension.

Rodriguez’s legal team accused MLB of leaking the allegation of a positive test, using a statement and making a filing to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Lanny Davis, a former Clinton administration official working for Rodriguez’s legal team, denied the player tested positive, the Times said. James McCarroll, a lawyer for the three-time AL MVP, did not address whether Rodriguez had a positive test, only that he was not banned.

“Alex Rodriguez was never suspended for use of stimulants or any violation of the MLB drug program,” McCarroll said in a statement. “The fact that MLB has resorted to leaking federally protected medical information about a player speaks volumes of the weakness of their case against Alex — and their desperation to secure a win in the arbitration, at all costs.”

MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred declined comment.

“We were not the source for this story,” MLB said in a statement. “We honor our joint drug program and never publicly disclose player test results until it’s publicly announced.”

Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games by Major League Baseball on Aug. 5 under baseball’s drug agreement for his alleged “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years.” He also was penalized under the labor contract for “a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner’s investigation.”

The three-time AL MVP was allowed to keep playing until the arbitrator decides a grievance filed by the players’ association to overturn the penalty. Horowitz has presided over eight days of hearings, which are scheduled to resume Nov. 18.

“Alex has abided by the confidentiality rules of the arbitration process. MLB has not,” McCarroll said. “In response to MLB’s incessant leaks, Alex recently has even gone so far as to offer that the proceeding be opened to the media, so as to even the playing field — an offer which MLB promptly rejected, as they prefer to continue their one-sided flow of leaks, rather than having the weakness of their case exposed publicly by full and fair coverage. Every new step MLB takes wreaks of desperation, in its obsessive effort to bring Alex down.

MLB and the union agreed in 2005 to ban many stimulants. The paper said it wasn’t clear whether a failed stimulant test was introduced by MLB as evidence in the grievance.

Rodriguez said when he arrived at spring training in 2008 that “last year, I got tested 9 to 10 times. … We have a very, very strict policy, and I think the game is making tremendous strides.”

That would be an unusually high number of random checks but would be in line with a player subjected to additional tests resulting from an amphetamine violation. Later in the day, A-Rod said his comments were an “exaggeration to make a point.”

Sports Illustrated reported in 2009 that Rodriguez tested positive for steroids during MLB’s anonymous survey in 2003, and A-Rod said two days later he used banned substances while playing with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03.

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27 Responses to “Rodriguez responds to Times article allegations”

  1. ron November 4th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    All i’m saying is,we should draft a college pitcher like cole that was developed by someone else.We just don’t do well developing pitchers.
    I don’t think our problem is with drafting them.
    They need to learn how to throw changeups.

  2. pkyankfan69 November 4th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    No offense to Chad but all I got skimming through this post:

    (1) Bud Selig is a douche
    (2) Arod is a douche

    That’s it.

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

    My debit card got declined today when I was buying lunch… I knew there was plenty of money in there for afford $5 worth of pizza so I knew something was up. Checked online banking with the Iphone and sure enough I had signed up for about 15 subscriptions to “Christian Mingle” in the past 3 days lol. The bank was smart enough to realize that this was suspicious behavior and blocked my debit, not sure why they didn’t let me know though.

    I should get a free trial subscription to Christian Mingle for the hassle.

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    MTU, yep, we’re loaded with good arms. Even Heredia is making a comeback in the system, and this Gallegos kid, way down there but potentially a fast mover, is supposed to be a more talented Nova. DePaula, I imagine, I should get down here towards the end of 2014, if all goes well.

    Primum, no nocere would be a good start ;)

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I absolutely believe MLB did not leak the information. They would have no reason to do so since that information would be made available to Horowitz, by them, during the hearing anyway. Interesting that it was leaked to the NY Times – the very paper that Tacopina used to give information and an exclusive interview.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Tacopina was the “two unidentified people involved with baseball’s drug testing program.” After all, it inures to his benefit to have that information leaked, so that he can scream unfair to Horowitz.

    :roll:

  6. Bret The Hitman November 4th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Perfect pic of Arod – he’s more of a suit than a ballplayer.

  7. jacksquat November 4th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    “We were not the source for this story,” MLB said in a statement. “We honor our joint drug program and never publicly disclose player test results until it’s publicly announced.”

    PANTS ON FIRE

  8. jacksquat November 4th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    MLB would never do sordid things like leak private information or hand over large amounts of cash for stolen property.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    ron November 4th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    All i’m saying is,we should draft a college pitcher like cole that was developed by someone else.We just don’t do well developing pitchers.
    I don’t think our problem is with drafting them.
    They need to learn how to throw changeups.
    ////

    Manny, Jo-Ram and Betances all possess plus changeups, & it’s Chase Whitley’s (an Alex Cobb type) best pitch.

    Don’t know what happened in the case of Hughes, another system failure I suppose. Pineda’s remains a work-in-progress.

    The following, about Gil Patterson, is encouraging:

    “Patterson, 57, was instrumental in Dan Straily’s rapid development, too; Straily told me by phone today that it was “butting heads” with Patterson repeatedly as they tried to find a good changeup for him that led to the one he uses now: Patterson asked to see his college changeup, Straily threw it for him, Patterson made a little tweak – something Straily had never tried or seen before – and that pitch helped the right-handed starter leap from Double-A to the A’s in 2012″

    http://blog.sfgate.com/athleti.....r-yankees/

  10. austinmac November 4th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Phyank,

    Good luck with that. Wear a Yankee shirt on the commercial so we know it’s you. :)

  11. Tar November 4th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I have lost all respect for MLB. If I didn’t love the game and the Yankees so much I wouldn’t even watch.

    I’ve decided I’m wiping the slate clean with Cash to start this year. He has a lot of options out there, let’s see how he manages the 2014 roster.

    P.S. to Cash…It’s probably better if you keep your mouth shut.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Tar,

    Not a chance (on the P.S.)

  13. Tar November 4th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    J ALfred

    Yeah I doubt it too. I really want to like my team again…it seems like it ‘s been awhile and that sucks. So he gets a fresh start, i’ve got my fingers crossed.

  14. Tar November 4th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    J alfred

    I know you don’t like salty…I don’t either. But what about as part of a platoon? ANy ideas on what they should with the C position?

  15. austinmac November 4th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    The Yankees do have a chance to see that they miscalculated and go in a hopeful direction. They made a QO to Granderson so that is slightly hopeful for a willingness to spend. I will still believe a change of direction when I see it, but I hold out hope. It is the off season. We’re tied for first.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I really want to like my team again
    ///

    Man, I hear that. I am fortunate that I can go watch the kids and project the best ones as potential future Yankees. Really, I have been so acutely disappointed by management, saddened by departures such as Posada’s, Mo’s, Andy’s, crushed by trades (Cabrera, Montero, Jackson), and by poor development (Joba, Betances), and disgusted by Cashman’s boorish behavior and demeaning comments, from Jorge, to Jeter, to Pineda, to Nunez… it’s been a very, very uncomfortable, fairly joyless few years (with the exception of certain moments).

    I am watching very closely to see how Gary Sanchez is handled. I think there will be information there worth paying attention to.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Tar, I doubt Girardi would encourage them to pick up Salty. He is really not a good catcher, and we’ve talked here about what kind of hitter he is.

    I don’t know, it’d be nice to have Murphy and a LHHC to go with him, but I don’t want them wasting that pick on McCann.

  18. austinmac November 4th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    JAP,

    What do you recommend for Sanchez? He has to move to AA, but his second year at Tampa, offensively at least, was disappointing. Where do we go and how best to get a good result?

  19. MTU November 4th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    JAP-

    And that’s where AJ P. or Navarro come in.

    ;)

  20. MTU November 4th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    New one ——>

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    austinmac,

    I wish you could have seen this kid just turn around a few ABs in which he just looked thoroughly lost. The kind of wicked line drives I saw come off his bat, you don’t see too many players able to do what he did, with two strikes against good AA pitchers.

    He looks raw behind the plate but he’s not as bulky as Jesus and he has quicker feet/lower body, and he has played some 3B, so that is always an option. I haven’t seen much so far, he was brought up at the end, but the playoff games and those ABs when he was in an 0-2 hole, you can see why he’s so highly rated.

  22. ron November 4th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I think we were,and are a lot closer to developing a great pitcher.
    Look at nova,ian kennedy,even though he had a rough year,and might have been developed better elsewhere.Hughes tinkered on the edge for a while,and we almost had cole,even though he was developed elsewhere also.
    Point being,if we drafted cole,he would still count as our project,and it almost happened.
    Yes,we do have a lot of promising pitchers,but til 2 of them make it big,we are still waiting,but I think it will happen,within 2 years,with nova being one.Maybe not great,but definitely good enough.
    It is the ace pitcher,and solid number two,i am looking for,out of our own system,or drafted out of college.
    I would just like to see us draft a few college pitchers that are 21,22 yrs old,that can be rushed to the majors,like cole was.

    Also,hearing what Patterson did with a pitcher that is with someone else does nothing for me,til we have a new ace,making league minimum,at 22-25 yrs old,that we drafted.
    Drafting a hs pitcher takes at least 4 years to even get a glimse of,and that is if he is 18 yrs old.
    Whe I see banuelos,ramirez,depaula pitching with a 2 era/1.0 whip in AA or AAA,then color me impressed.
    I think phelps might be a number 4,or 5 type,nova,maybe a number 3 type,if were lucky,a number two type,but it is the low era,low whip stud pitcher we need,under control for years,making peanuts for a while.
    The real problem I see is that we need a new player for every single position on the diamond,within a few years,and some right now.

    Who are we going to have play lf,cf,rf,3b,ss,2b,1b,c,dh?
    Every single position is either declining,free agents,within a few years.
    That is why we wen’t heavy on college kids in the last draft.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    MTU, Navarro has always had a nice solid stroke/level swing.

    I know 86 was big on bringing him back a while back, at least I think it was 86. AJP would be alright on a short deal. Really, I’m not very enthused about what they could do at C. Let Murphy play, first of all. If we could get someone like Hector Sanchez, that would be interesting, but I don’t see that happening, either.

    As long as Gary Sanchez doesn’t get waylaid, and they can improve the spot in the interim, I’ll be fine with it.

  24. Tar November 4th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks J ALfred

    Exhausted goodnight everyone

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    ron,

    Patterson is going to help the program, that’s what I think. If we have someone who can bring these guys along, well, we have plenty of them. What we don’t have is position players.

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock November 4th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Night Tar

  27. MTU November 4th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I’m out too.

    Catch you all tomorrow.

    :)

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