A-Rod admits steroid use from 2001-03

Alex Rodriguez is talking with ESPN’s Peter Gammons right now in Miami. Here’s what just went on the air — full interview to air on SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ET:
 
“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.

“Back then, it was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young, I was stupid, I was naïve. I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all-time. I did take a banned substance, and for that I’m very sorry. I’m deeply regretful.

“I’m sorry for that time, I’m sorry to my fans, I’m sorry to my fans in Texas. It wasn’t until then that I ever thought about substances of any kind. Since then I’ve proved to myself and to everyone that I don’t need any of that.”

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I’m not advocating for a witch hunt. And until proven otherwise, everyone is ‘not guilty’ in my book. (Innocent? That’s another story. Time will tell. Or not.) I could be wrong, and correct me if I am, but I get the feeling the idea is “It’s just the nature of the beast” and “these guys are human beings and they do have rights”, except A-Rod. Screw him, that “criminal”. OK, then. I guess the moral of the A-Rod story is not “don’t cheat” but rather “don’t get caught, idiot.”

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If by baseball you mean the MLBPA and MLB itself, sure they know. But the rest of us don’t and that’s the gist of it. WE don’t know WHO ELSE is a cheat. Do you feel comfortable cheering for someone and maybe even defending a player who in fact is a cheater, but you just don’t know about it, even though you could find out? That’s what I’m trying to get at. Maybe it’s just me, but if I rooted for and admired Joe Rightfielder, I’d want to know if he was clean. To each his own, I guess.

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Every major news agency in the world is trying to get ahold of those other 103 names. And if SI could get them, there’s a good chance they might be able to, as well. Unless SI had a big ace up their sleeve, which is why I feel the identities of the sources should be known, just so we know where they’re coming from.

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M_Saiki, how exactly are those other 103 players “suffering the consequences of their own actions”? By nervously waiting for the other shoe to drop and worriedly hoping their names don’t get mentioned? Can you tell me how they are “suffering the consequences of their own actions” when there’s a good chance they’ll get off scot-free AND without the public ever knowing who they were? And how would it “be a greater injustice to further punish those other players for nothing?” For nothing? They cheated, too! I know we live in a highly imperfect world but let’s at least try to be fair in this case.

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K of NY: In my previous posts on this subject I’ve tried to be objective as possible. (Not 100%, because yes, I’ll admit I PROBABLY would not be AS upset about this situation if it was David Ortiz instead of A-Rod.) But I gotta tell you, as much of an objective/impartial observer of this incident as I can possibly be, I want those 4 SI sources and 103 names outed, out of fairness. But you knew that already. Now, as a Yankee fan I REALLY want those names disclosed. Let the Sux fans–and the Sux friendly media: ESPN and our own NYT, just to name two–harass A-Rod while knowing that, say, Mo Vaughn, Big Papi and Manny were dirty, too. Let’s see the hypocrisy. But here’s the thing: I suspect the real reason many Yankee fans don’t want those other players disclosed is the thought of Derek Jeter possibly being on that list. If I can own up to clamoring a bit more loudly for fairness because it’s A-Rod, then maybe those who are afraid of #2 being a cheater can come clean about their fears, too.

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Abreu signs for $5M

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Hudson too?

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Manny to sign with the Dodgers by friday?

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Last year, Miguel Tejada was seen as a possible match to replace Arod at 3B. The Justice Department yesterday hinted that his work visa will not be renewed.

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Kudos to roshkoch and yankees2ss.

K of NY, I respect your opinion, but forget about A-Rod and baseball for a minute. Ask yourself if it’s fair in any given situation in every day life that one person take the fall alone, when there are other known guilty parties. For instance, if the govt had a list of 104 congressmen that had committed treason but only one was made public and jailed, wouldn’t you want justice to be meted out to the others as well? I know my analogy isn’t exactly parallel to what we’re discussing here, but I’m trying to make a point. You say “Ruining 103 more lives isn’t going to do any good.” So, why is Alex’s worth ruining alone, in this case? ‘Cause he got outed? Tough luck for him and congratulations to the cheaters who didn’t get caught, then? Sorry, but I must disagree. Fair is fair. Like you said, A-Rod “is going to have to live [with] the consequences [of] his own actions”. Should that apply only to him? That would be reverse special treatment. I say out EVERYONE and let them ALL face the consequences of their actions. And then, maybe, we can start to move on from this mess.

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I hole-heartedly agree with Roshkoch. If this was never brought up by Roberts, I wouldn’t have heard about it until maybe the BALCO case. However, if this was never released in general no one would be jumping on A-Rod for steroids, but they’d find a million other reasons. Give the guy a break, he is human; just like everyone else is. Obviously he made a mistake and he needs to live with that, nevertheless he has a long time to make up for a bad deed.

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Actually, guys, this was bad journalism by Sports Illustrated. They had a story by a beat reporter (covering the ‘A-Rod beat’) who used hear-say to convict a man who may, or may not, have failed a drug test almost six years ago (2003). The evidence in question is a document sealed by a court order that puts Alex on a list of 104 individuals who tested positive for what are now banned substances. This list was never meant to have seen the light of day. Ms. Roberts printed what four individuals claim, without any ability to back it up. She does not have the list. Therefore, Alex could have denied any of this. He could have also made no comment until, and if, the documents became unsealed. He did the right thing by coming clean. The substances he allegedly tested positive for are also hear-say. Again, until those test are unsealed we have no grounds to make any claims of the severity the substances he has taken. I commend Alex for coming clean. I commend the MLB for taking steps to clean things up. I am disappointed in Alex for cheating. I am disappointed in SI for printing what is no better than tabloid garbage. I am disappointed in Selena Roberts for using this to publicize her anti-ARod book. There is a lot of shame to go around here.

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M Saiki: “You will have to take up the issue of releasing those other names with the Player’s Union. They have that list of names and they are not about to release them.”

Obviously, they are not the only ones who have that info, unless the four anonymous sources cited by Roberts are from the MLBPA.

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Great post Matt!!!! You hit the nail on the head.

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I’m with you, GSJays but when it comes to adjusting stats, how do you go about establishing their validity, or lack thereof? In other words, we’d have to find out not only what hitters did PEDs, for instance, but also cross-reference them with the pitchers they faced, and see if those guys were on steroids at the time, as well. How about stolen bases? Was the base stealer juiced? What about the catchers that did or did not throw them out? Were they on steroids, too? And that’s just for starters. So, this is what leads me to think that MLB will not be touching any stats from this era. They’ll be debated among HoF voters, the baseball press, and we, the fans. But that’ll be it.

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pgarrett
Why should any cheater get away with cheating? That 104 names represents about 7% of the players tested. So its not right to have those other 93% punished for the failings of the 104.

Think about the awards. Did A-Rod deserve to win the MVP in 2003 or should it be awarded to the guy in second place in voting who didn’t cheat? Was that fair? Think about player contracts. The guys who cheated, put up bigger numbers and got paid more money. Is that fair? It also isn’t fair that A-Rod is the only name released from that list.

I’m not naieve, I realize drug doctors are always one step ahead of testers which is why some of them are paid so much to “consult” Olympic athletes. BUT we need to start somewhere and somewhere is releasing all 104 names, adjust all player awards to the non-cheaters in the era and move on.

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So it’s okay to ruin A-Rod’s name because someone leaked it, but the rest of them should be allowed to slide?!

“The results were supposedly meant to be kept confidential.”

That’s my point exactly. That doesn’t mean “confidential unless you’re A-Rod.” You can’t have it both ways. Either let A-Rod slide like the other 103 or else release the rest of the (again, EQUALLY GUILTY) names and treat them with the same anger and hostility that A-Rod is on the receiving end of now. He shouldn’t be the only one having to deal with the fallout for something they all were guilty of.

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Ok, could someone please explain to me, since apparently I’m one of the ones that aren’t getting it, just exactly how the other 103 names aren’t relevant?? *ALL* of those names are players that failed a drug test. All of them, not just A-Rod. I’m not seeing anyone stepping forward and saying “yeah, my name is on that list. I did drugs and I’m sorry.” Every single player named on that list cheated and now they’re lying by omission. Why is A-Rod being crucified for lying and cheating when everyone else on the list is equally guilty? I’m not saying that that excuses what A-Rod did – not by any means. I’m just saying that it’s not fair to single him out for something that 103 other men did too.

As far as I’m concerned, give us the rest of the names, get it all out in the open and then put it to sleep and get on with the baseball!!

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K of NY: “It’s irrelevant what others were doing or what they were taking.”
Why should A-Rod should be THE ONLY ONE in this instance to face the consequences of cheating? If you feel so strongly about the severity of what he did, why do you not care that others, equally as guilty, may get a free pass?

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Matt, if you even attempted to obtain, you’d be in jail.

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REPEAT FROM PRIOR THREAD
If I were in a room with all of the people who never cheated or broke a law I would be alone and would have to leave immediately!

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Former Red Sox J. C. Romero will be serving his 50 game suspension for testing positive while with the Phillies. I think there are three or four other suspensions that will be effective once the season starts. One is a Yankee off-season pick-up pitcher Sergio Mitre and I can’t remember the Met player (not a star) in the same boat. So even with all of the publicity the juicing continues

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Ok Saiki, explain to me then whom you’re going to give the award(s) to? I think for all the yakkin you’re doing about other people not getting it, you are in fact, not getting it. It cannot be proven who wasn’t taking/using. It can’t be proven that a lack of a positive test represents the absence of doping. You say you don’t care about who the other players are; but you’re advocating that awards be stripped. Perhaps we should go so far as to invalidate team accomplishments too? How will we accomplish this without proof? Or, how will we know that with the proof we have about those who’ve been caught, and the lack of proof to-date for any player that played before testing was mandatory? To reach the conclusion that if you’re not on the report(s) then you must be clean is about as naive as it can get no? Then it must follow that if you can’t disprove someone’s guilt or innocence, then you have to treat the whole situation a little bit unfairly – i.e. there will be no record revisions and there’ll be no Award redistributions. Was I the only one paying attention when Bud Selig said that last year? It’s the ROID ERA and it will be seen and reflected on as such.

And to say that people looking to get an edge, call it cheating or using every advantage available IS human nature. Now, you can argue and I’d agree it’s not the spirit of SPORTSMANSHIP, but to say that cheating isn’t human nature is about absurd as saying Bush is a Mensa Candidate.

Cheating in the game of baseball alone has plenty of books and information on the subject, much less getting into cheating in other forms of competition. Spitballs, corked bats, you name it, people have looked for ways to get an edge when they’re physicality alone just simply didn’t cut it. Now that’s not saying ALL people think this way but case history sure supports the argument moreso than it supports yours. Rules are made because people cheat (and because we recognize the value of creating an arena for competition where most things involved in the competition are equal, only the ability of the athlete in question is left, or at least that’s our goal with rules).

People got shot in the old west for hiding cards in their sleeves or where-ever… I mean how many examples of cheating must one give before it starts to register that humans have a proclivity to cheat? I’m not excusing it, I’m just pointing out the seemingly obvious.

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NEWS FLASH! A SUBSTANCE IN RUTH’S HOT DOGS IS NOW BANNED!

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I see our President has even commented on A-Rod. If the rest of the list becomes known and Dye, Konerko, Pierzynski, or Thome are on it what will he say then? A Presidential pardon for all players would get us past this thing!!!

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GS,
I’m interested in learning more about Gene Orza and how he tried to manipulate the test results. Please let me know your souce. If you’d rather do this directly, my working E-mail is below!

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Sheesh what a cheapskate… a whole $5 on a $40-50 meal? I know no one claims Manny is a mathmetician or even aware of proper etiquette, but .15-.20% shouldn’t be too hard of a concept to comprehend.

Yes Manny, that means you should’ve at least given her 1/2 more than what you did. I’ll always tip .15%, if the service is bad, well then that just means they won’t get the opportunity for another .15%. If the service is good, prolly going to give .20% or more and be back.

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“Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Manny Ramirez tipped his waitress five bucks on a meal that cost between $40 and $50.

In other words, no matter what he signs for, it’s not going to do much for the economic recovery. ”

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I looked at the Arod situation and the bottom line is “If you take a ugly girl to the prom, you have to dance with her”. The Yankees fans will have to dance for quite a few years. Because the Yanks will not get rid of him.

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I’m tired of all the Arod bashing, Especially from many of you who have experimented with illegal substances yourselves.. Remember this all was more or less condoned by MLB & the Union among others. MLB needed to get the fans in the ballparks and this steroid era did the trick. Fans enjoyed the long ball contest that was the rage then. There were 104 on the list, NOW where are the other names?? As long as Arod is a member of the Yankees I will support him and the rest of the team.. GO YANKEES

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Although, A-Rod gained some respect for his admission yesterday, only one shoe has dropped. Coming out of THE steroid hotbed at Seattle and seeing how his HR numbers virtually doubled in 98 versus 97 suggests to me he’s been on the juice since that timeframe. A quick look at pictures of his body changes in that timeframe show a remarkable increase in size.
In addition, I’m pretty convinced he was still on it for at least the 2004 season, otherwise the COO of the players union wouldn’t have tipped him on his upcoming drug test.

But the bigger issue for me is Major League Baseball and whether it truly wants to regain credibility from this era or continually try to sweep it under the rug and hope the stench goes away over time. Clearly, awarding A-Rod the MVP in 2003 knowing he tested positive for two banned drugs is laughable. How many player awards were the same?

I expect we’ll see players names released over time and the longer it takes for all names to come out, the lower the credibility of MLB will sink. There really is only one way to make this go away and that is to be upfront, release all the names and re-adjust the player awards for this timeframe.

Frankly, considering somewhere between 5% and 7% or 104 players tested positive, it really is the only fair thing to do for the other 93% of guys who played the game the right way and didn’t cheat.
Guys like Delgado, Morris and countless others might suddenly rise in significance if they didn’t test positive and whether they make it to the HOF or not isn’t the issue. The issue is one of fairness to the guys who didn’t cheat as well as the fans.
Not withstanding all that, how can MLB justify keeping Pete Rose out of the HOF for gambling? Is gambling worse than outright cheating?

The fans deserve to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Nothing else will suffice. Release the full list.

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Selena Roberts is about to release another book on ARod, an unauthorized biography, so this writer does have an agenda, if nothing more than to create publicity by writing about the world’s most famous baseball player and sell her books.
And I don’t call it professional to show up unannounced at someone’s home or workout place and expect a welcome reception. Why didn’t she call ARod and try to set up an interview?

Who are the other 103 players??? That part , I think, is the most unfair, no matter what ARod has done? The media and the Red Sox friendly media, are ready to jump over Alex for anything. If they are really concerned about steroid use, let’s get it all out in the open. I’m sure there’s more than a few other surprises on that list (hey Tom Verducci–maybe even a few key Red Sox players?)

It’s also interesting to see how mlb.com talking heads used this opportunity to try and jump all over the player’s union. Part the Blame Game -Bud Selig owners have always been part of the problem as well.
Sports Illustrated, best known for their swim suit edition (the reason I still don’t buy that rag to this day)– is not exactly an alruistic bastion of truth and professional reporting–they are out to make money, just like everyone else.

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Posada basically says he followed labels but you can never be certain that all ingredients are listed.
I doubt Jeter used anything. It wouldn’t shock me but I’d be surprised.

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I see, I took that as Jeter saying he couldn’t care less and he moved on. Its just quote, so you know.

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bpark, I disagree. I think Jeter sounds more sure, or at least, less concerned. Posada says “I don’t think I put anything on my body that coule be positive on one of those tests.”

He only thinks he didn’t do anything, he doesn’t sound positive. Not to mention, he says that “could be positive on one of those tests.” There are a hell of a lot of cutting edge drugs that can put one over on the testing they have. As for Jeter, look at him – he’s showing a decline. Posada – other than his shoulder injury, he had one of the best seasons for a catcher over the age of 35 a couple years ago, and all the numbers were higher than his career averages. I guess, basically, I’m thinking, no one is above suspicion. That being said, I don’t think either Posada or Jeter juiced (especially not Jeter), and I think if I found out that Jeter did, I’d seriously consider not watching baseball again. I think it would break my heart.

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Per Bryan Hoch “Asked if they were concerned they might be included on any similar steroids list, both Jeter and Posada said they were not.

“Why would I worry about me being on the list?” Jeter said.

“I think that I’ve done things right,” said Posada, “and I don’t think I put anything on my body that could be positive on one of those tests.” ”

Posada sounds alot more sure than Jeter.

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That should say Manny and Arod not Manning.
Is Jeter on the list?

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This will not change anyones opinion of Arod. If you hated him before you will hate him some more. If you were a fan of his before you are still a fan because he apologized and owned up to it. The other names have to be released in order for the game to start moving in the right direction. The Yankees were moving in the right direction, but now with the new stadium they went backwards. This new stadium is a mistake. It will be good for Arod because he won’t here alot of boo’s. The only people who can afford to go the new ballpark aren’t real fans, such as the financial elite that will be seating in the first nine rows in the field level luxury box seats. They will be protected by a net so no one will get hurt from foul balls. This is a travesty. I never thought I would say this, but I hope we finish below the orioles in last place in the division. This is a game for the masses not the elite. I can’t wait for the novelty of the new stadium is over and those seats are empty. I say let Arod and the Yanks live happily ever after. It may be a good time to support our local minor league teams and screw the Steinbrenners. The average fan is not in their heart so the hell with them. If it was up to them every player on the roster would be on a steady diet of HGH.

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Manning and Arod are from the same part of New York? Arod never struck my as being a New Yorker before, I did see it come out when Gammons challenged him.

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I agree with Jeter: Arod is not Posada, Pettitte or Jeter, however he could become Tino. Going forward, he’s our guy and we must support him while he’s here. We need him to produce. I apologize to Arod, Bryan Hoch and the people who post here for the name calling and my overall behavior during the past few days. That being said, I am not completely convinced that Arod was completely honest about the timeline of his use and what he put into his body.

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RE: ALEX RODRIGUEZ

“We strongly believe there is no place in baseball for performance enhancing drugs of any type, and we support the efforts of the Commissioner to continually improve the testing process.

“We urged Alex to be completely open, honest and forthcoming in addressing his use of performance enhancing drugs. We take him at his word that he was. Although we are disappointed in the mistake he spoke to today, we realize that Alex—like all of us—is a human being not immune to fault.

“We speak often about the members of this organization being part of a family, and that is never more true than in times of adversity. Alex took a big step by admitting his mistake, and while there is no condoning the use of performance enhancing drugs, we respect his decision to take accountability for his actions. We support Alex, and we will do everything we can to help him deal with this challenge and prepare for the upcoming season.”

—nyy—

SO SUPPORT the MLB and GET RIDE OF THIS P.O.S. LIAR-CHEATING SOB and set a presidence for MLB to Follow!!!

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Reading Joe T’s book, I think the Yankees were better off with Scott Brosius at third. If you read that book, you quickly come to realize the importance of team in the late 90’s versus individuals in the recent years. AROD is a huge talent, but also a huge distraction that keeps this team away from concentration on its primary task, which is winning. Next thing you know, Madonna will be sitting behind the dugout in Fenway getting into it with the Red Sox faithful, and Alex will come to her rescue. Please Alex——close your circus down——- shut your mouth, go home every night, play baseball, and win.

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Some of you really need to get with the program…..

If MLB didn’t want its players using PEDs, it should have been testing for them. Arod crushing Aaron’s HR record in the same way, completely clean? Here’s a question. How do we know Aaron was completely clean? How do we know Ricky never shot the juice in his legs? There was no testing. There are no and should be no asterisks for records. MLB can’t take homers away. Awards shouldn’t be taken away. MLB turned the eye blind and reaped the rewards back in the mid-late 90’s. MLB is to blame. Cheating in sports and life IS human nature. Smokey Yanick won NASCAR race after NASCAR race by “cheating” and many of the rules in place today are because of him. But none of his wins were revoked. When Belichick was found guilty of filming the Jets play book in the undefeated season, the wins weren’t taken away. it’s not going to happen regardless of what you all WANT to happen or think SHOULD happen. So get over it. In 1997 MLB was still reeling from the stupid strike in 1995 and the chase for 61 was exactly what they wanted even tho it was plain to see Mac was the non-green version of the Incredible Hulk.

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Let the distractions begin around the Yankee clubhouse. The Yanks are welcoming three big free agents, but this story will steal their thunder. The Yanks are also kicking off a brand new stadium. That should be the lead story going into spring training. But, it probably will not be. A-Rod is in the second year of his new contract and has quite a ways to go. I hope everything eventually settles down with him so he can get back to just playing baseball. We’ll see how the clubhouse deals with this distraction.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1457518/alex_rodriguezs_positive_steroid_test.html?cat=14

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this will be a true test of A-rod…will he be able to perform with all the Boooooooooooos and chants of A-Fraud and A-roid…we’ll see…
all i know is…i want the Yankees to win a World Series or two or three in a row…
because i know alot of guys on other teams are using or have used (PED’s) in the past…
as a Yankee fan i have to support him…because he is too expensive to trade and of course he has a no-trade clause…but maybe if things get real bad for him here he’ll request a trade to make a new start…that would be a blessing for the Yankee…
Hopefully the Yankees win it all…
it would be a nice slap in the face of the person or people who outted him…but not the other 103 players who failed banned substance testing…

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As a Yankee fan, I want to know every last name of the remaining 103 on the damn list, even if it includes some more Yankees. I don’t care. Make their names public immediately.

Both A-Rod and the team will be taking even more of their share of the usual grief this season, and I can’t bear the thought of rival fans and ownership pointing fingers while the very possibility of one of their own hometown heroes being as tainted as A-Rod and hidden under cover of darkness. I’m not going to speculate irresponsibly by guessing as to what other prominent players may or not be on this list as well, but it’s not a stretch to suppose many fans who are enjoying this latest dose of Yankees schadenfreude are dreading the outing of one of their own. Let’s be fair: get those names out there and then let’s see how it feels. More importantly, let’s do right by the clean players and end speculation in this particular instance.

As for the man who was so vilified for his books proclaiming the rampant use of steroids in baseball, José Canseco has shown more class than most lately, by not gloating or wanting the spotlight in the midst of all of this. When approached by the press for the A-Rod story he is said to have replied something like, “Old news. Later.”

Who would’ve thought Canseco would turn out to be more upstanding than the baseball press? Or the former players now at the MLB Network–I’m looking at you Harold Reynolds, Al Leiter, and Sean Casey. I guess their loyalties are to the media now. Ah, how soon they forget–who had ample opportunity but failed to ask Serena Roberts the hard questions.

Like: who are the other 103 players; why are the sources that provided this info to Roberts and co. protected by anonymity, when this involves the tarnishing of a player’s reputation and stats, presumably forever; did these sources act legally in offering up this info; did they have an axe to grind with Rodriguez and/or the Yankees; and why did the SI writers—who claim not to know the identity of the remaining 103—think it was fair to leak a six year-old report and single out A-Rod, for an infraction that wasn’t even deemed punishable by MLB at the time, but not look into the rest of the players listed? (Don’t worry: the cynic in me knows the answer to that last question lies in the ever-lasting quest to sell magazines.)

Btw, props to you, knuteroc44. Very well said.

Pitchers and catchers on Saturday. See ya in the Bronx. It’s gonna be a loooong season.

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A-Rod will NEVER get into the HALL OF FAME – NEVER!!

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Arod is Done…. He deserves NOTHING – He had the World by the balls and THREW it AWAY!
DO NOT FEEL SORRY for this idiot, don’t give him any breaks, Why he’s the one that brought this upon himself, He wanted the BIG CONTRACTS – Now he blames the PRESSURE WHAT A JOKE.

Matthew is right this effects the WHOLE Team NOW the Yankees are really going to be ridiculed from coast to coast, Also this really screws ALL of Baseball?
What an IDIOT I HOPE HE GETS WHAT IS COMING TO HIM!! AND SOON!!!!!!

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he said he’s sorry no can do about it still hes going to the hall of fame!!

http://junior13.mlblogs.com/

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A-Rod can be an idiot at best and an arrogant ******* at worst but either way, he is in fact human, and that’s something that we all tend to forget. He’s not a demon bent on destroying baseball for his own egomaniacal purposes. He’s not an angel sent from God to redeem baseball after the fiasco of Barry Bonds. He’s a man who wants to be the best at what he does and he sometimes makes stupid choices along that road. But then, who among us hasn’t made a stupid choice (at least one!!) somewhere along the line? I’m seeing an awful lot of criticism about him lying too. Yeah, it was wrong, but how many of you have lied about something sometime in your life? I’m not going to be hypocritical enough to say that I’ve never stretched the truth a little bit. Or a whole lot, for that matter. We all make mistakes, do stupid things, do flat- out wrong things. What makes you think that A-Rod won’t do the same thing?

I’ll tell you what makes me angrier than anything about this whole mess. There were 104 names on that list of players who failed drug tests in 2003. 104. (The list, which btw, was supposed to be anonymous, with results destroyed as soon as they had been logged.) Yet, I’m not seeing 104 names being released. I see one name. And you can bet your *** it’s not Billy Joe Bob Smith from the Nats or Mariners or some team like that. You can’t tell me that it’s a coincidence that the only name released was the name of the highest paid player in baseball – already a lightning rod for every blogger, sports mag writer, tv broadcaster, fan, etc. out there who’s looking for someone to blame. When the rest of the names are released, I think there will be a whole lot of people who will forget all about A-Rod once they see their own heroes’ names on there. And as far as I’m concerned, that won’t be soon enough. It was bull**** the way A-Rod has been thrown to the wolves just for being the best at what he does.

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He came clean… that was the right thing to do. Citing the bible: the truth will set you free. He’s still my idol, evn though I know people will never accept him ever again. It’s too bad, we all thought he was clean, but I guess there are many people who we think are clean… but aren’t. Guys, tae Albert Pujols off your steroids list, his body hasn’t ever changed from one extremity to the other, and his numbers have never jumped form one extremity to the other; He’s been a consistent force. Though I could be wrong, but don’t start a fire where it is not needed… YET.

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Honestly, you have to be naive to think that half of baseball wasn’t juicing at the time. I lost a little bit of respect for A-Rod knowing that he took steroids, however I feel for him. What I don’t want to see is come down the road they find out that A-Rod was shipped steroids in 2004 to the present or something like that. I want A-Rod to be the greatest baseball player of all time, steroids or not. His name leaked out of one of 104 players, I’d love to see the rest of the people on that list and see how much more their performance dropped. If A-Rod is telling the truth Two MVPS since taking steroids isn’t too shabby. I will forgive A-Rod when he comes out this year and kicks *** and takes names, a Twenty Seventh World Championship would steal the deal. I also have lost a lot of faith in Sports Illustrated, for whatever little integrity they have, writing an article focused on one out of a hundred and four players is a kick to the balls.

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Oh yea I can’t wait to wear my new A-ROID shirt this year!
NOW I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEASON TO START!!!

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yankee54, Man You are an IDIOT! Maybe your kid if you can have them? will start this CRAP in Middle school and continue through College then into the majors, Then his balls will fall off. IDIOT! What kind of message were you trying to SAY? IT OK ?? A-Rod is a FRAUD! A CHEAT! A LIAR! and I hope he fall on his *** again this year. I can’t wait to here all the BOOS in the NEW stadium this year!!
YOU SAY HE DID THE RIGHT THING BY COMING CLEAN What the hell else was he to do, I think if he could of Burried his head in Madonna’s OLD HAIRY BUSH and hid for the rest of his life he would have. HE LIED in MANY interviews already, so he deserves NO CREDIT!
As for his stats counting WOW you are really an IDIOT, did he stop when he joined the Yankees – WHO KNOWS, many say why should he have, did he keep the crap up until last year – WHO KNOWS – did he stop last year, and thats why his numbers were down – WHO KNOWS??? So through ALL HI RECORDS OUT, YANK his contract and GET RID OF THIS, ROID RIDDEN LIAR-CHEAT-P.O.S ASAP Maybe this will bring back some credability to the Yankees – WHO KNOWS??

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Madonna has dumped Roid, she has a new boyfriend

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156 HRS in Texas. I would feel good if Bud erased them from Roids total

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Basically he was caught lying AGAIN. You can’t buy this stuff from the GNC store. He starred Gammons down when he got called on it. I thought he was gonna get in Gammons face.

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He is all about himself and the Texas fans, says nothing about the Yankees.

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Roid also said Serena Roberts is stalking him, changing the subject.

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Why when Gammons said you can only get the steroid from a doctor, why did Roid stop going for the water and start starring Gammons down?

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What was his reason for stopping steroids when he joined the Yankees?

Sean Serritella

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Matt, A-rod IS one of the dumbest Athletes on the planet, in case you are wondering.

Every decision this guy has made in his entire career has been the wrong one!!! He is an idiot. I feel bad for him. $300million still can’t buy a brain.

I think I am going to like him more now just because the rest of you are such douches (not you Matt). I think I just like pissing people off.

I’m going to buy an A-Rod Jersey now and have written on it “F*** Barry Bonds!”. That’ll rattle some cages.

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If this guy doesn’t commit suicide from all of this, I’d be surprised.

Honestly, I hope the Yankees find a way to trade him or something…for his sake. He won’t have a bit of privacy or piece of mind-EVER. He’s not barry Bonds who just basically hates the rest of the world. Rodriguez isn’t a “bad” guy. He’s stupid, yes, but a bad guy??? I have a hard time believing that.

I hate WFAN now. “All A-Rod, All the time”. Are you kidding me? That wholke station is a bunch of Met fans and they would love to see the Yankees crash and burn this year.

here is something that all of you need to consider:
They all juice. Every single one of them. And most of them do drugs too.

Michael Phelps is another one. another idiot who likes to do the drug.

Oh, and for all of you out there living in glass houses: If you take Pharmaceutical drugs for anything other than the perscribed reason or recreactional drugs, YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW TOO, YOU FREAKING HYPOCRITES. It’s perfectly OK to call A-Rod a POS, but I am sure that MANY of you are bigger illegal drug users yourselves.

I vote to keep you all out of the Hall of Fame! You all SUCK!

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If he is so apologetic, why not speak out sooner? If he had come out himself before all this and admitted everything, he might have had some crdibility. Right now, it’s obvoius he isn’t sorry he did it, he’s sorry he got caught.

Whatever. At least he did the smart thing getting someone to write that speech for him. He’s to big for this story to blow over like Pettite’s but it won’t become a Bonds or Clemens type story, in that it will reduce in intensity over time.

By the way, kingofnetwork, the only difference with Pettite and Giambi is that A Rod would have been a 1st ballot hall of famer. Otherwise they are equally cheats. As are the other 103 players on that list who got lucky, for now. As are the however many names there were in the Mitchell Report. As are the hundreds more who have escaped detection.

I’m done with all this. I will still root for all Yankees, because I want to see the Yankees win. What this has done to the legacies of players involved, only time will tell. But so long as they were pinstripes, I hope for production from them. Mainly, I feel sorry for A Rod fans, I can’t imagine how they feel. If I ever hear my favorite player(Jeter) cheated,something I firmly believe won’t happen, I would probably lose intrest in this sport.

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you know i always liked a rod because i thought that he was going to crush the homerun record like hank aaron. completely clean, but now, even if he breaks the records, hes going to have a smudge on his name forever. i liked that he did admit to it because it was the right thing to do. the question is if he is hall of fame bound now with this scandal.

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yankee54 – I completely agree – Steroids happened, now move on.

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I think he did the right thing finally coming clean, when he was caught between a rock and hard place. Like Giambi and Pettite, he will be forgiven as soon as he hits the ball out of the park and wins a game. Life will move on, and eventually he will hopefully win a World Series with the Yankees. He lied to Katie, because he had to, because the pressure from the rest of the users and the union to remain silent….is deafening…….until caught…

I think all will be forgiven, because he didn’t pull a Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds, and deny, deny, deny.

He finally got the right advise today to just come clean. We will move on from here, because there is nothing else to admit. As far as his stats are concerned, they should all count, as the pitchers and the rest of the guys were juicing during that era. If anybody thinks that only 104 guys did it out of the whole league, then everybody is a fool who believes that is the whole group in the Mitchell Report. Remember, the Mitchell report only had limited access to a few guys who were caught. They did not get all the guys from all 30 teams. Believe me, they would have had 4 to 10 times that number if the real info were available as to who was juicing from pitchers, to hitters. Remember, these guys have been competing their whole lives, and they are trying to stay at the top of the hill, so any edge they could get in most cases would have been taken, just to stay in the game. The show was their whole focus since Little League, thru Middle and High School, College, the Minors, etc. I think all stats should count, it was the times that they lived in. All things being equal. Now they test, now they get punished, now they admit to their past transgressions. Lets move on. Bring on Opening Day…….Lets go Yankees……………

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I think he did the right thing finally coming clean, when he was caught between a rock and hard place. Like Giambi and Pettite, he will be forgiven as soon as he hits the ball out of the park and wins a game. Life will move on, and eventually he will hopefully win a World Series with the Yankees. He lied to Katie, because he had to, because the pressure from the rest of the users and the union to remain silent….is deafening…….until caught…

I think all will be forgiven, because he didn’t pull a Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds, and deny, deny, deny.

He finally got the right advise today to just come clean. We will move on from here, because there is nothing else to admit. As far as his stats are concerned, they should all count, as the pitchers and the rest of the guys were juicing during that era. If anybody thinks that only 104 guys did it out of the whole league, then everybody is a fool who believes that is the whole group in the Mitchell Report. Remember, the Mitchell report only had limited access to a few guys who were caught. They did not get all the guys from all 30 teams. Believe me, they would have had 4 to 10 times that number if the real info were available as to who was juicing from pitchers, to hitters. Remember, these guys have been competing their whole lives, and they are trying to stay at the top of the hill, so any edge they could get in most cases would have been taken, just to stay in the game. The show was their whole focus since Little League, thru Middle and High School, College, the Minors, etc. I think all stats should count, it was the times that they lived in. All things being equal. Now they test, now they get punished, now they admit to their past transgressions. Lets move on. Bring on Opening Day…….Lets go Yankees……………

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It’s kind of easy to know who takes steroids. Look at their mouth. If it’s the opposite of a Joker mouth, they did steroids.

– Sean Serritella

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“Sports heroes”, the new reality show.
Baseball, boxing, wrestling, basketball, swiming……..in some cases, stories of rag to riches, sending the message to minors, in boxes of cereal, clothing, toys, etc.
The new “reality show”, assembling a group of performers with “sports heroes”, singing and dancing “Viva la Vida Loca”……..saludos.

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Question:
Is major league baseball going to sacrifice three Yankees A-Rod, Clemens and Petite to get to Barry Bonds?
Answer:
You betcha. A-Rod, Roger and Andy can hang up. A-Rod was the hope of the Yankees and MLB for reclaiming the home run record. A-Rod was the wholesome guy who stayed above the fray.
However, MLB is in a real quandary now because you now have three players from arguably the most famous, storied franchise in the history of baseball charged with steroid use. If MLB lets Barry Bonds off the hook then his home run record stands asterisk or not. Even if A-Rod does break the record he will have more of a stinch than Barry Bonds because he is an admitted user.

I say this whole thing gets swept under the rug. Baseball will say this was an era where steroids regrettably played a part in the game. Baseball will promise congress to come up with a new even more sweeping drug policy.

Baseball will say from this day forward anyone caught using performance enhancing or illegal drugs will face permanent suspension from baseball.

Baseball didn’t want this, A-Rod was their last hope in reclaiming the home run record from a player who didn’t “kowtow or step in fetch” to the press and the higher ups in MLB. Baseball owes Barry Bonds an apology for not going after those admitted and found guilty of illegal use of performance enhancing products.

MLB, the baseball writers, announcers and so called experts will now say that Barry Bonds doesn’t treat fans right along with a multitude of other negative things to smear him and further tarnish his image.

How about it MLB, Bob Costas and Peter Gammons, what do you have to say about this development?

Any more of you wholesome, adoring players going to step up and admit to the juice? My goodness what am I going to tell my kids?

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Well BPark if that’s true, then we should get those experts in on every trial and testimonial ever given by anyone. I’ve heard of Pantomimes but blinking excessively being equated to lying, well who knows, it could be, my old boss did it a lot and she was pretty much a liar too!

Really I’ve had enough already. Bottom line is like last year when the Clemens thing was the talk of the blog, I said, I’ve had enough of blaming the players and outting them; if you can’t put the finger on all of them, then don’t bother pointing and especially so at old tests under a CBG that didn’t have provisions for it. The Roids era is ugly folks, it’s permeates the games best and brightest to the most average of bench-warmers. It is so widespread that the point has been made; the scandal has been broken and the pervasiveness is clearly easy to see for anyone who wants to see it.

Should I start hating the Yankees and all of baseball now? Should I hate Alex Rodriguez now because he’s human and has made a human error in judgment? Should I hate myself for being so naive as to think that records set by barely in-shape men could be broken by well conditioned men? Perhaps the answer is yes, but I say it’s no. Baseball got a little full of its self, got a little bit too creative with their marketing campaign after the strike. They still have a great game, I never asked to see 6 home-runs a game and 9-7 games, I just wanted to see baseball (and hopefully see a fair and balanced agreement between the capital havers and the talent havers. Maybe the second half of the nineties would have been a bit less exciting to not have the Yankee dynasty, or the McGwire/Sosa HR competition taking place during the regular season… but I’d have still been a fan. I still am and will be a fan. Of course, I’m hoping things clean up and we can get back to the real game of baseball, but I’m tired of this whole story. I’m tired of the media and the powers that be holding out the puppets and making them out to be such bad people… someone encouraged them or at the least, did nothing to discourage them and even profitted from what was going on and I do not believe for one minute that no one in MLB new nothing whatsoever about this whole steroid scandal. If the Union new and were warning players, then the ownership knew too and the whole lot of them were complicit. If SI’s integrity is so great, then where’s that breaking story? Where’s the story that shows what we all know anyway, that MLB at the least didn’t mind the issue so much as no one was making waves and the league was banking revenue. Well, I think we know which was the case!

I don’t really care what the other 104 names are; there’s no point in going backward now; there just isn’t. What purpose does it serve? Only to injure not to correct… and let’s face it people, even though ARod has been exposed, there are hundreds if not thousands of others whose names will never be uttered, making it appear as if the best of the best were the ones juicing and ruining the game, when in fact it was a great percentage of the entire player pool and not just in Baseball, steroids has affected nearly every athletic sport/competition. Hell even bowlers are getting busted. Now that’s not to say that these people have the right idea about good and honest sport, but that just goes to show you when there’s this kind of money involved, it’s serious business and people will do all kinds of things for money.

I’ve lost respect for ARod but not that much; he didn’t have much to begin with anyway. But I’ve lost even more respect for the MLBPA and MLB as a whole along with Sports Illustrated and their lowlife reporter(s).

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To be fair to A-Rod he did admit to taking the juice for 3 years. The problem is, that’s still a lie. Check out how his body mass changed so dramatically from 1996 to 1998. There is little question he was on them all along.

It is also a lie he never took them while with the Yanks. Why did Orza warn him of his upcoming test in 2004 if he was off the juice. I think he just found a better drug doctor and a better drug.

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When Clemens did 60 minutes, experts said heavy blinking equated to lying. When Arod did 60 minutes and Gammons, he was blinking much more frequently than Clemens. Mean anything?

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Aroid should have asked Gammons “in your personal and/or professional opinion, do you believe your Manny has used steroids? How about Papi?”

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Now the other 103 players on the list just need to admit that they did it also. If the story is true about A-Rods daughter I wish he and his family all the best.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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Ciao, Bryan

I can see someone’s looking a little GQ’

Still here huh b-bark? How’s your mothers basement?

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I thought this was done and over with? Jose Conseco and Selig can hold hands on the way to hell.

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I really can’t say I’m surprised. I can’t beleive Alex’s ignorence but after Andy there’s any name that would surprise me. Derek Jeter say’s ” Just Wheaties no anabolics”.

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Manroid or Aroid? Manroid might be a cheaper shorter term problem. Not that either is problem free.

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This guy is such a P.O.S. I hope the Yanks can find a way to pull his contract. Get rid of him.

He is a Liar-Cheat-Can NOT produce under pressure WAIST of his parents sweat!!!!!

People are against Bond’s records because of this crap NOW it is A-ROID’S Turn.

BYE BYE RECORDS-BYE BYE Hall of Fame!!!!

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Unless more info becomes available, he won’t cop to anything involving his Yankees years. It seems to affect his hrs and subsequent BA during those years. I would be very interested in 2007 and whether he knew of test dates.

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Sounds like a canned speak, he was advised exactly what to say.

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He admits to using 1 substance not 2 or more? 3 years? No punishment at all?

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