We’re still weeks away from the start of baseball season, but the sport is making major headlines in the off season. Arguably one of baseball’s biggest, most well received and bankable stars has found himself in a shroud of controversy. Early Saturday morning sources confirmed with Sports Illustrated that the New York Yankee’s third basemen Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in 2003, while he was playing for the Texas Rangers. This new revelation is damaging to a few different degrees to the sport, but not the least of which begs the answer of what does this mean for his clean-cut reputation?
The information that was leaked to the press had Rodriguez’s name on the list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, where Major League Baseball took a confidential and anonymous survey to decide on if they would implement random drug testing. At the time there was no penalty for testing positive. The year he tested positive was the same year he led the American League in homeruns and would eventually go on to win the league MVP.
Rodriguez was approached for comment, but did not say anything to confirm or deny the allegations. But many reference a interview last year with CBS’s Katie Couric when she asked if he had ever taken any performance-enhancing drugs and he replied that he has not. So now we find one of baseball’s most talented players, who was on the verge of breaking almost every hitting and scoring record in the books, linked with Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, and others who have fallen prey to baseball’s steroids scandal. Like those above many will began to question much if not all of his achievements. His career will never be the same.
Not for nothin’, but it’s time to accept that Major League Baseball had a Steroid Era. There was an era in basketball where you needed a seven-foot tall center to win a championship. There was an era in football where they didn’t wear facemask to protect players faces from scaring. We’re currently in an era where all sports are plagued by multiple season-ending injuries, more than there were in the past days of sports and that’s due to today’s conditioning of athletes. We’re starting to see that many of MLB’s players have used it. What are they going to do, put an asterisk on every player who breaks a new record?