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A-Rod Tested Positive For Steroids

According to an exclusive report in Sports Illustrated, the game's highest-paid player, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, tested positive for two separate anabolic steroids during urine tests in 2003.

The story is being report on the magazine's web site,, with Selena Roberts and David Epstein getting byline credit for the story. The site ran with the story because it claims to have independently verified the results with four different sources.

Rodriguez won his first MVP award in 2003, before being traded to the Yankees and moving to third base in the offseason. The report claims that the slugger tested positive for both testosterone and a designer steroid called Primobolan, a substance which added more lean strength without bulk. Primobolan was also one of the primary substances cited for abuse by Kirk Radomski -- the Mets clubhouse attendant at the center of the investigation into the Mitchell Report on steroid abuse in baseball, -- in his recent book "Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report"

Clearly, this is about as big a bombshell as we could get in the ongoing steroid investigations. Thoughts? There's bound to be plenty, so let's hear 'em.

By Cameron Smith  |  February 7, 2009; 12:18 PM ET
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It's only a game.

Posted by: tonyholst | February 7, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Guess the Yankees clubhouse was right for calling him "A-Fraud".

Posted by: Freedog | February 7, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

So, if he tested positive, why wasn't he suspended? Was it because there weren't rules then against the use of steroids? If that's the case, why was he tested? You must provide your readers with more info to help us understand what the issue is here, and not just fan the flames of tawdry drama, drama, drama...

Posted by: CatMan1 | February 7, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Ripken used roids too.

Posted by: ImpeachObama | February 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse


So what else is new? For an individual who has displayed less than stellar character in both his personal and professional life alongwith his physical attributes, this should not be shocking. Only that it has taken as long.

Posted by: mendonsa | February 7, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Gee, what a surprise. Next, I suppose, you are going to tell me that Madonna is a virgin!

Posted by: mortified469 | February 7, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: lilnatebsrepa4life | February 7, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Little League is the only legitimate form of the game being played today. It's free to watch and worthwhile to support.
Screw professional baseball!

Posted by: mikie44 | February 7, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Say it ain't so. Our innocence was gone long ago on this subject, but for some reason this still hurts.

The sad thing is that he did not need the stuff to have a HOF career. He was a naturally-formed superstar when he came up at age 20. Unless he was using in his teens in the late 80s...

Posted by: B2O2 | February 7, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Why did Bud Selic not do anything about this stuff. He should resign.

Posted by: qballgeek | February 7, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I say, good for all the 'roid users. They used the sauce to get paid.

That's what America is all about, getting paid at any/all costs.

Kudos to them. They're true Americans.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 7, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Holy Jose Canseco, Batman !!! Looks like the "Juiced" one was right all along...

Light up the Bat Signal.. It's time to rid Gotham City of Der Bud-Man once and for all...

Posted by: randy_boyd | February 7, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

*smacks Poopy upside the head*

Good to see your curmudgeonly self... How many days til the O's don't make the World Series ????

Posted by: randy_boyd | February 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

So what is knew-most of them have been "juiced" up for years now.Does M.L.B. care nah!and this will keep going on,I have given up going to M.L.B. games and probably so have a lot of other people,I would much rather watch "little league" kids play ball.At least they are legit.

Posted by: lillian2maggie | February 7, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Little league, with psychotic parents who are trying to relive their childhoods vicariously through their children?

No thanks.

Maybe if they banned parents, took away all the garbage (heck, we played in matching t-shirts and caps and bluejeans and did just fine) and just let the kids play ball it might be something again. But on its own level it is usually as corrupt and political as any big league team.

I umpired Little League for a few seasons and after being exposed to some of the parents, I vowed never to return.

Posted by: randy_boyd | February 7, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe between innings the little tykes can help you with your spelling.

Posted by: CEvansJr | February 7, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

There is plenty of good baseball --- American Legion - high school - college to watch where steriods are not being used and there sre no whining parents -- go out and catch a game enjoy and quit complaining

Posted by: gcounihan1 | February 7, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

What a shocker! Next thing you're going to try and make me believe is that
Clemens and McGuire were using 'droids as well....

Posted by: jcmaloney | February 7, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Game? Baseball is a game? No, no, Nanette, it's a business, it's all about money grabbing. It's not a sport, it's an unlevel playing field designed to make the maximum dollar for the largest "investors" - and A-rod play his role to a hilt - and may still be for all I care. It's not a game, it's fake through and through. A pox on all their houses - including and especially the one of Ruth.

Posted by: washpost16 | February 7, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Who would have thought you would need steroids for a sport where you sit on your ass the entire time with a fat wad of chewing tobacco in your mouth?
It's time a more active sport was America's past time.

Posted by: CypressTree | February 7, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Sad sad sad...

Love the game, hate what it's become. The integrity we all long for falls short with the human element and too much $$$ involved.

Posted by: jonwh | February 7, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

More indication that it was so pervasive that many players are both victims and perpetrators. Fehr and Orza should be the subjects of investigation and if they had honor they would finally resign.

Posted by: natbisquit | February 7, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

As much as I would love to see it, you cant retro-actively suspend guys for stuff that happened years ago. There's going to come a time in baseball where they're going to have to accept steroids because for every steroid that is out there, I guarantee there's a masking-agent to cover it up as well. The real question is, is there anyone in mlb who has never used? can we trust them?

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | February 7, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

So the MVP of the great American Pastime was using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Honestly stuff like this is a big part of why I stopped caring about pro sports years ago. Anyone who still holds athletes up as role models (or anything other than moronic, eccentric millionaires) is a fool.

Watch as this gets forgotten by Monday while everyone continues to freak out about Michael Phelps's non-performance-enhancing, off-season bong hits.

Posted by: Nissl | February 7, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

IIRC, the last MLB/MLBPA agreement had some sort of clause that there would be anonymous random testing around the league, and if a certain percentage of players tested positive, then there would be steroid blood testing and some mandatory suspensions (like 10 games). Was 2003 the year the players tripped the condition precedent? That would explain why he was tested but not suspended.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 7, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how Selig, Fehr and Orza still have their jobs. Time to wipe that slate clean.

Posted by: AshburnVA | February 7, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Makes real players like Aaron, Schmidt, and Ripken seem even better as in REAL stats. But they were in previous generations...and, by the way, F*** the yankeez.

Posted by: JoePantes | February 7, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

If the allegations are true, this is another example of a hypocrite who gets paid to perform. Corporations that endorse these drug users should either own up to the fact that their athletes represent the most hypocritical elements of society, or they should cut their endorsements. Their teams should also own up to the fact that these hypocritical drug users represent the worst double standards of this society. Yet another example of how capitalism and the people that endorse it profits from double standards in society.

Posted by: csantiago | February 7, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Next thing you know we'll hear our home run king, Barry Bonds, and other famous Yankees, like Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield, did steroids.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | February 7, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Cue the Cindy and Lenny Kravitz jokes.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 7, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This is only one reason not to attend or watch corrupt professional baseball. I haven't even watched on TV for years.

I do enjoy Little League and its world series, as well as college baseball and women's college softball. The excitement in those is still there.

Posted by: llrllr | February 7, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

A-Roids is an all-around freak. And I don't mean it in the "freak of nature" way.

Posted by: xSamplex | February 7, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Athletes who test positive for drug use should never be allowed to play sports again. That might solve the problem.

Athletes are paid enormous sums of money and then take drugs to win games to make more money and gain fame. What they are doing does not save lives, preserve our freedom, or achieve any significant goal aside from setting some sort of record that will eventually be broken.

The men and women of our armed forces their lives on the line to defend us and neither their pay nor benefits comes anywhere close to what these people make.

Something is serious wrong with this picture.

Posted by: abby0802 | February 7, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't happen to a nicer team. But there is something wrong with this picture overall. Big time. Major league.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 7, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Okay, now don't say I am a Pollyanna, but here is my opinion. A-Rod, bag the "talk to the union" or "talk to my agent" routine. Call a press conference on Monday or as soon as you can get to New York. Step to the microphone and do an "Obama" or "Phelps" imitation --- "I screwed up. I am sorry to all baseball fans, my former and present teammates and the organizations for whom I have played. I should have been truthful and I wasn't. I lied to protect my image. It was bad judgment on my part. There is no one to blame but me. I am sorry. I will try to do better." It's called "man-up". Do it and this will go away. Fans will have the signs out at games, but you and the Yankees can concentrate on baseball. Don't do it and we will have another "Plaxico" episode in NY and the Yankees season will go in the dumpster.

Posted by: NYLiberal | February 7, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I guess you can take away his 2004 ALCS MVP trophy . . . oh, never mind.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 7, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

How baseball team OWNERS could not have known their employees were using steroids defies credulity. The owners and MLB are JUST as culpable as the players and the union.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 7, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Guess cycling isn't the dirtiest sport in the world anymore.
How could people not think these guys were taking PEDs?
A-Rod, Bonds, Mac, all those guys had average builds when they first started playing pro ball and then BOOM! They're monsters and hitting the ball out of the park all the time...Doesn't take a genius to think something was fishy...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 8, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Juan-John, all too true, that.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 8, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Bombshell? Really? No surprises here....Yawwwwwwwn.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 8, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Boz has a column on A-R*d in today's Post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 9, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm a big time basketball/football fan. I used to love baseball. I played it as a kid and I'll teach my kids how to play as well. I remember back in 1993, I saw Nolan Ryan's final game at Oriole Park. That was the last time I went to a baseball game. Remember when players didn't juice? The game was so good then. Now homerun, RBI, hits, batting % numbers don't mean s&^t.

Bud and all the baseball owners know now and have always known that players take steroids. After the 1994 strike fans were upset and revenues were terrible. Once Sosa and McGwire had that magical summer of 1998, baseball was back. With the help of steroids, fans filled the ballparks again. I see all the heated comments and some who say who cares. Steroids make you a better ball player, anyone who watches baseball should care.

The sad part about all this is the players will be ripped, rightfully so. But you know who'll get a pass, Bud and all the owners. If they had real steroid testing going on in the beginning of the 90's and there were real punishments for the abusers, none of this would have happened. Oh well another baseball season and we get to watch more juiced up players knocking homeruns out the park and behind the scenes help make there greedy club owners a s*&t load of money.

Posted by: wizfan81 | February 9, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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