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Sources tell SI Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003

In 2003, when he won the American League home run title and the AL Most Valuable Player award as a shortstop for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids, four sources have independently told Sports Illustrated.

Rodriguez's name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball's '03 survey testing, SI's sources say. As part of a joint agreement with the MLB Players Association, the testing was conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing across the major leagues in 2004.

When approached by an SI reporter on Thursday at a gym in Miami, Rodriguez declined to discuss his 2003 test results. "You'll have to talk to the union," said Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman since his trade to New York in February 2004. When asked if there was an explanation for his positive test, he said, "I'm not saying anything."

Phone messages left by SI for players' union executive director Donald Fehr were not returned.

Though MLB's drug policy has expressly prohibited the use of steroids without a valid prescription since 1991, there were no penalties for a positive test in 2003. The results of that year's survey testing of 1,198 players were meant to be anonymous under the agreement between the commissioner's office and the players association. Rodriguez's testing information was found, however, after federal agents, armed with search warrants, seized the '03 test results from Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc., of Long Beach, Calif., one of two labs used by MLB in connection with that year's survey testing. The seizure took place in April 2004 as part of the government's investigation into 10 major league players linked to the BALCO scandal -- though Rodriguez himself has never been connected to BALCO.

The list of the 104 players whose urine samples tested positive is under seal in California. However, two sources familiar with the evidence that the government has gathered in its investigation of steroid use in baseball and two other sources with knowledge of the testing results have told Sports Illustrated that Rodriguez is one of the 104 players identified as having tested positive, in his case for testosterone and an anabolic steroid known by the brand name Primobolan. All four sources spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the evidence.

Primobolan, which is also known by the chemical name methenolone, is an injected or orally administered drug that is more expensive than most steroids. (A 12-week cycle can cost $500.) It improves strength and maintains lean muscle with minimal bulk development, according to steroid experts, and has relatively few side effects. Kirk Radomski, the former New York Mets clubhouse employee who in 2007 pleaded guilty to illegal distribution of steroids to numerous major league players, described in his recent book, Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report, how players increasingly turned to drugs such as Primobolan in 2003, in part to avoid detection in testing. Primobolan is detectable for a shorter period of time than the steroid previously favored by players, Deca-Durabolin. According to a search of FDA records, Primobolan is not an approved prescription drug in the United States, nor was it in 2003. (Testosterone can be taken legally with an appropriate medical prescription.)

Rodriguez finished the 2003 season by winning his third straight league home run title (with 47) and the first of his three MVP awards.

Because more than 5% of big leaguers had tested positive in 2003, baseball instituted a mandatory random-testing program, with penalties, in '04. According to the 2007 Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball, in September 2004, Gene Orza, the chief operating officer of the players' union, violated an agreement with MLB by tipping off a player (not named in the report) about an upcoming, supposedly unannounced drug test. Three major league players who spoke to SI said that Rodriguez was also tipped by Orza in early September 2004 that he would be tested later that month. Rodriguez declined to respond on Thursday when asked about the warning Orza provided him.

When Orza was asked on Friday in the union's New York City office about the tipping allegations, he told a reporter, "I'm not interested in discussing this information with you."

Anticipating that the 33-year-old Rodriguez, who has 553 career home runs, could become the game's alltime home run king, the Yankees signed him in November 2007 to a 10-year, incentive-laden deal that could be worth as much as $305 million.

Rodriguez is reportedly guaranteed $275 million and could receive a $6 million bonus each time he ties one of the four players at the top of the list: Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762), and an additional $6 million for passing Bonds. In order to receive the incentive money, the contract reportedly requires Rodriguez to make extra promotional appearances and sign memorabilia for the Yankees as part of a marketing plan surrounding his pursuit of Bonds's record. Two sources familiar with Rodriguez's contract told SI that there is no language about steroids in the contract that would put Rodriguez at risk of losing money.

Arguments before an 11-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena are ongoing between government prosecutors and the players' association over the government's seizure of the test results from the Long Beach lab. The agents who collected the material had a search warrant only for the results for the 10 BALCO-linked players. Attorneys from the union argue that the government is entitled only to the results for those players, not the entire list. If the court sides with the union, federal authorities may be barred from using the positive survey test results of non-BALCO players such as Rodriguez in their ongoing investigations.

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Why is this stuff even news anymore? Every pro athlete did it... if they didnt they werent a starter... its just what you did to get an edge...

then why does the public and media continue to vilify Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro, et al.?

If everyone did steroids and its no big deal, open the doors to Cooperstown and stop with the petty crap.

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Sounds good to me... if your not cheating your not trying.

Of course its the MLBs job to try and stop it... but there will always be something... dont act like every single one of Hanks HRs were legit... you know he had some kind of trick up his sleeve...

Racism was a great performance enhancer.... :)

all the players in the 60's and 70's took "greenies" but we dont treat them as criminals, we treat them as heroes.

Dont get me wrong.. I dont give a damn if they did or not. I have an issue with the way the media has handled this since the McGwire/Sosa HR race. And if fans and the media didnt realize that McGwire was juicing they are idiots.

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Yea, uh, maybe I'm not too familiar with Hank, but wtf did he do to illegitimize his record?

If we are to believe that many/most players did 'roids/hgh based on a small sampling of players who have been caught, then we have to follow the same logic and believe that every player in the 60's and 70's were using amphetamines. And "greenies" helped a player... not the same way as roids or HGH, but did help the players be able to play.

Plus we didnt have the media speculation and coverage like we do today.

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ok in 2003 and its reported now? cmon give me a break people are just jealous of arod and everyone wants to hate him so they make up stuff..

until i see the actually report with the 100 or so people on it then thats when i will beleive it.

also for the record bonds didnt do roids he did hgh which imo its alot worse

Wow....

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Do you Yankee haters need some more lotion? Tissues? I could run to the store.

Can't do anything about the cramps in your hands, though. Sorry.

Pardon the interruption. Resume your fap, fap, fapping.

What does this story have to do with Yankee haters? Im confused...

Ive yet to see any fapping in this thread...

How about this... just say Arod cheated and is a liar and his career has been forever tainted because of this...

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So is A-Rod just going to wait for spring training to respond to this or what?

He'll respond when his lawyer tells him its ok. Otherwise he'll just come off looking like an idiot.

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It's hard for me to go along with that, I simply don't believe steroids played a big role in A-Rod's career. Unless he started taking steroids in high school. Remember the Mariners took him #1 overall. He was drafted in '93, and hit 36 home runs in his 1st full season in the majors. The reason most people didn't believe A-Rod did steroids is because he was this good, pretty much from the get go. He didn't go from really good to amazing like Bonds did, or went from a declining player to a star player again like McGwire did.

we'll never know if they played a big part or not. We dont know if he used them in his early stages of his career and impact they had.

What is known is he did steroids. He cheated. He lied about his cheating. And his career will forever be tainted. Since he was a great player to begin with, its even stupider that he used them.

Too bad they dont have a drug that helps you hit in the clutch. I'd even help pay for him to use that drug!

I have no sympathy for the guy. In my eyes he's no better than any other player who used them.

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Not to perpetuate the ARod as victim narrative or anything, but this really is bull****. Two days ago I figured there was about a 50/50 shot he was dirty. In light of the story...I figure there's a 50/50 shot he's dirty. Apparently I'm the only one.

When Bonds was outed, there were people that dismissed it as a racist witch hunt. McNamee got more heat than Clemens right up until the hearing removed any doubt as to which of them was lying. There were even people who uncritically accepted McGwire's disinclination to 'talk about the past.'

So what happens when Selena Roberts, who's pimping a book and who at the very least has a demonstrated history of getting spectacularly snowed by confidential sources (and let's face it, that's a pretty ****ing charitable way of putting the Duke lacrosse debacle), fingers ARod? It is immediately and universally accepted as fact. Why?

Selena Roberts has written extensively about Arod, and mostly in a bad light. She does have a reason to have her name attached to this. However, there seems to be truth to it. If there wasnt, it would have come out very quickly that he wasnt on the list.

Does her involvement bring some question to it? Yes. Does it make it false? No.

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Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Enough said.

Has A*Rod lied to a Grand Jury or in front of congress?

(honestly I dont know...)

If he didnt, he has nothing legal to worry about.

If he did.... uh oh.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a1uu.FWpuaCc&refer=home

By Danielle Sessa

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. congressional committee that investigated steroid use in Major League Baseball has no plans to hold more hearings following the admission of Alex Rodriguez that he used banned drugs.

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Gainzo = Biggest homo in America, ever

He might be a homo, but he is far from the biggest. Max owns that honor.

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