A-Rod admits using performance-enhancers with Rangers from 2001-2003

February 9, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Major League Baseball got another black eye today as, Alex Rodriguez admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03.  SI.com reported Rodriguez tested positive for Primobolan and testosterone, and was one of 104 players who tested positive during baseball’s survey testing, which wasn’t subject to discipline and was supposed to remain anonymous. A-Rod tells ESPN that in an interview that was broadcast Monday shortly after it was recorded. he did so because of the pressures of being baseball’s highest-paid player.

“When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day. And I did take a banned substance and, you know, for that I’m very sorry and deeply regretful. And although it was the culture back then and Major League Baseball overall was very — I just feel that — You know, I’m just sorry. I’m sorry for that time. I’m sorry to fans. I’m sorry for my fans in Texas. It wasn’t until then that I ever thought about substance of any kind, and since then I’ve proved to myself and to everyone that I don’t need any of that.”

I really do credit him for just coming clean and sincerely apologizing.  Many of his pears have not and it hasn’t been pretty. The 33-year-old All-Star third baseman was regarded by many in baseball as the most likely to break Bonds’ record of 762. He’s already 12th on the career list with 553 homers, 209 behind Bonds. Barry Bonds who seems to be the main scapegoat is to go on trial next month on charges he lied when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

Roger Clemens, a seven-time AL Cy Young Award winner, is under investigation by a federal grand jury which is trying to determine whether he lied when he told a congressional committee last year that he never used steroids and human growth hormone.

In his 2008 book, “Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and The Battle to Save Baseball,” Jose Canseco claimed he introduced Rodriguez to a steroids dealer. Canseco, who has admitted using steroids, subsequently said he had no knowledge of any drug use by Rodriguez.

“They are looking in the wrong places,” Canseco said in a text message to The Associated Press. “This is a 25-year cover-up. The true criminals are Gene Orza, (union head) Donald Fehr and (commissioner) Bud (Selig). Investigate them, and you will have all the answers.”

The question is now is how many asterisks are we going to put next to the records for players who were known or highly suspected of juicing in this era? It’s pretty clear that the MLB turned a blind eye to steroids for years until public pressure became to great to ignore.  Baseball itself is still a great game but the MLB version of it, has become more like professional wrestling. Not only are the players juiced but you know who’s likely to win before the season even starts with the way free agency currently works.


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