By Cullen Smiddie, Sports Editor
In the wake of the past 15 years of scandal, investigation, and scrutiny from the public as well as Major League Baseball, countless baseball superstars and icons have been labeled cheaters for their use of PED’s or Performance Enhancing Drugs. The latest big-time player to fall under these headlines is New York Yankees all-star third-baseman Alex Rodriguez. In February 2009, Sports Illustrated reported Rodriguez had tested positive for two anabolic steroids, testosterone, and Primobolan, during his 2003 season playing for the Texas Rangers.
This information came off of the heels of government-sealed report detailing 104 major league baseball players that had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in a 2003 drug survey. Approved by the players themselves with the promise of anonymity, the survey was conducted by Major League Baseball to see whether a mandatory drug testing program might be necessary. At the time, as the result of a collectively bargained union agreement, there was no penalty or punishment for a positive test. Because more than 5% of the samples taken from players in 2003 came back positive, mandatory testing of major league baseball players began in 2004, with penalties for violations.
On top of all of the information released; the Biogenesis investigation into an anti-aging clinic under said name in Coral Gables, Fl. which was run by a now infamous doctor by the name of Tony Bosch was a final nail in the coffin for Rodriguez. Bosch recently went on an interview with “60 Minutes” where he stated that he personally injected Rodriguez with PED’s. Even before this interview, Bosch and his attorneys had come out and said that they were contacted by representatives of Rodriguez’s asking Bosch to sign an affidavit saying he never prescribed or injected Rodriguez. Bosch and his attorneys declined.
Since the investigation, a 212-game suspension was levied on Alex Rodriguez for his testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Even more recently, Rodriguez appealed the decision that came down from a Major League Baseball arbitrator in federal court. His original suspension of 212 games was shortened to a 162-game suspension that will cover the entire next season and includes playoffs. Rodriguez still claims his innocence in court and continues to fight his suspension, however unlikely it may be overturned given the evidence against him. He is still available to attend Yankees spring practice but they have the right to tell him not to attend. Rodriguez is still owed $61 million dollars in his contract from the Yankees.