A-Rod Tested Positive for Steroids: Report
During MVP 2003 campaign
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2009 10:08 AM CST
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his second hit of the baseball game, off Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett in the sixth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, July 25, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids during his 2003 MVP season, sources tell Sports Illustrated. A-Rod was one of 104 players to test positive that year, in a survey test conducted to determine whether the league needed tougher drug policies. Asked about the results this week, Rodriguez replied: “You’ll have to talk to the union. I’m not saying anything.”

Steroids were against the rules in 2003, but no penalties were then in place for a positive result. The survey test of 1,198 players was supposed to be anonymous, but Rodriguez’s information was found when federal agents seized the results during its BALCO investigation. The full list is under seal in California, but four sources verify that A-Rod tested positive for Primobolan, an especially expensive brand of anabolic steroid.

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Feb 6, 2009 11:56 PM CST
One of the interesting things about steroids in baseball is that Barry Bonds is the all time HR champ with 762 (7 more than Hank Aaron's 755). If Barry never did steroids, he would have ended up with about Mike Schmidt's total (548), easily allowing him to make the Hall of Fame on the first try. Now it's Alex Rodriguez who could end as the HR champ, if he stays healthy and can play long enough? Barry played at the perfect time because he was able to be juiced during his declining years (36 to 40...) allowing him to play longer, and A-Rod might not get that chance. Unless science keeps ahead of the testing. Even so, there will always be leaks to the press. A chance that A- Rod may or may not take. Oh, how I miss the days when a great year at the plate was a .312 average, 46 home runs, and 135 runs batted in. 66, 70, 73 HR's...what's that? ...and what would have Aaron's, Ruth's, and Willie Mays' totals have been? 1,055, 1014, 960. We'll never know.