Three-time MVP and 11-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in 2003, according to four Sports Illustrated sources cited in a report published this morning.
Rodriguez, baseball's highest-paid player, is included on a list with 104 other players identified as having tested positive. The full list has not been revealed. A-Rod, 32, was a member of the Texas Rangers and won the American League MVP in 2003. He ranks 12th on baseball's all-time home run list.
Beerleaguer: Baseball's best hope to rewrite the record books with an untainted hero will instead join the ugly, ongoing chapter as the two best players of my lifetime - Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez - share an unfortunate common thread. It's a crying shame, too, because the issue had started to disappear quietly into the night. The Bonds trial hasn't grabbed much attention, but even still, I wonder how much of a shock this is to fans already desensitized to steroid scandals. I already have a deep mistrust of the other-worldly performances from the past two decades, regardless of whether the owners of those numbers had ever been implicated in steroids. Frankly, it's getting hard to keep track.
Like Bonds, the biggest shame is that A-Rod didn't need performance enhancers to achieve greatness. You won't find two more complete players than Bonds and A-Rod when they first entered the league. Had steroids never entered the bloodstreams of any player in history, there's little doubt Bonds and A-Rod would be considered the two best players of their generation. Unfortunately, they were sucked into the home run scene, which we now know to be a world of phonies, a culture of hundreds created by the enablers of Major League Baseball.