A-Rod Tested Positive for Steroids: Report

During MVP 2003 campaign

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2009 10:08 AM CST

(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.

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.
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)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits an eighth-inning solo home run in the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Sept. 17, 2008.
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits an eighth-inning solo home run in the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Sept. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Alex Rodriguez talks during a press conference after being signed to the Texas Rangers in this 2000 file photo.
Alex Rodriguez talks during a press conference after being signed to the Texas Rangers in this 2000 file photo.   (Gary Barber/Allsport)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks back to the dugout after striking out to Seattle Mariners' Brandon Morrow during the seventh inning of their baseball game in Seattle Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks back to the dugout after striking out to Seattle Mariners' Brandon Morrow during the seventh inning of their baseball game in Seattle Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks back to the dugout after he lined out to Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell during a game at Fenway Park, Sunday, July 27, 2008.
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks back to the dugout after he lined out to Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell during a game at Fenway Park, Sunday, July 27, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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