Saturday, February 07, 2009

A-Roid

In 2003, MLB, in their great wisdom, did an anonymous test for steroids and HGH, among others, hoped to understand if the league had a problem. 104 players tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in the survey testing.

Today, we find out that one of those names was Alex Rodriguez. Four sources told Sports Illustrated that he tested positive for two anabolic steroids while a member of the Texas Rangers.

Arguably, he's the game's best player, right there with Albert Pujols and Manny Ramirez.

Some say "let them do whatever." Others say "clean up the game." I am in the later category.

Players will always cheat. But cheat is the key word. They try to gain an advantage other than through open and generally acceptable nutrition and training programs.

A-Rod, along with Bonds, McGuire, Sosa, Clemens, Palmero, all have the numbers to enter into the Hall of Fame. However, because of their cheating, they are unlikely to garner enough votes to earn that privilege.

Certainly more names will come forth. Some will be be big names, others just wannabes. But it is sad commentary on the game and the sport -- my personal favorite.

The question really comes down to: will it effect the ticket gates and TV/radio viewers? This year, the economy will play a huge role but how much of this will be attributed to the doping? As more names come forth, the hit will be noticable.

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