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Tuesday 06, Aug 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through 2014

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Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through 2014

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will be suspended through the 2014 season after he was found involved in baseball’s latest scandal of performance enhancing drugs. However, Rodriguez will be allowed to play as he pursues an appeal of the decision.

Rodriguez, who has missed this entire season after a hip surgery, is scheduled to make his 2013 debut with the Yankees scheduled to play the White Sox. His rehabilitation efforts have been shrouded by the investigation of Major League Baseball into Biogenesis, a now-defunct South Florida anti-aging clinic. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said he is keen to play Rodriguez.

Major League Baseball is all set to suspend as many as a dozen players, including outfielder Nelson Cruz of Texas and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta, whose names figured in documents obtained from Biogenesis and its owner, Tony Bosch. The suspensions are expected to be of 50 games each, the number agreed upon for first-time offenders in the collective bargaining agreement between baseball and the players’ union.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez is a three-time MVP and 14-time all-star. The American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Alex Rodriguez is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting the record of Babe Ruth by over a year. On September 24, 2010, A-Rod hit two home runs to surpass the mark of Sammy Sosa — 609 home runs, and became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent. Rodriguez and the Yankees in December 2007 agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract that was the richest contract in baseball history (breaking his previous record of $252 million). In February 2009, the New York Yankees slugger admitted to using steroids and said he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers because of “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform.

In 1993, Alex Rodriguez was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners and made his major league debut as the starting shortstop on July 8, 1994, in Boston at 18 years, 11 months, and 11 days of age. In 1996, Alex Rodriguez was selected by both Sporting News and Associated Press as the Major League Player of the Year, and came close to becoming the youngest MVP (Most Valuable Player) in baseball history, finishing second to Juan González. A-Rod, in 1998 season, was selected as Players Choice AL Player of the Year, won his 2nd Silver Slugger Award and finished in the top 10 in the MVP voting. In his final season with Seattle in 2000, Rodriguez was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America and finished 3rd in the BBWAA AL MVP voting. He was associated by Sports Illustrated on February 7, 2009 of testing positive for anabolic steroids, testosterone and Primobolan, in 2003. Two days after the allegations, the baseball slugger admitted to steroid use from 2001 until 2003, claiming that he ceased using such substances after spring training that year.

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Thursday 26, Jul 2012

  Alex Rodriguez Breaks Hand In Yankees Loss

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Alex Rodriguez Breaks Hand In Yankees Loss – cliff notes

Alex Rodriguez, popularly known as @A-Rod, may not be able to play any more this season after fracturing his left hand.

Rodriguez was hit by an 88 mph change-up from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning and went down immediately in considerable pain.  According to a statement by his team Yankees, Alex Rodriguez has a non-displaced fracture of the left hand. The team also remarked that there is no time defined for his return and A-Rod would be placed on the disabled list.

”You hate to see a guy go down on something freak like that,” Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira said. ”I had a weird feeling it wasn’t good.”

The injured baseball player joins the Yankees’ list of injured players along with Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda, and Brett Gardner.

An American professional baseball third baseman with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975 and previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.

He is considered by many as one of the best players of baseball and is credited with the distinction of being the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, the youngest to hit 600, and having fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career. In 2010, A-Rod became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent when he hit two home runs to surpass the mark of Sammy Sosa (609 HRs).

He was first implicated for steroid use in Jose Canseco’s book, Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball. Canseco claimed to have introduced A-Rod to a trainer who was a steroid expert and supplier.

On February 7, 2009 it was reported by Sports Illustrated that the baseball player tested positive in 2003 for anabolic steroids, testosterone, and Primobolan. His name even appeared on a government-sealed list of 104 major-league players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. On February 9, 2009, Alex Rodriguez admitted to making use of anabolic steroids while saying that he used them from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers because of what he called “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform.

In 1993, he was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners and signed by Roger Jongewaard right out of high school. A-Rod was selected by both Sporting News and Associated Press as the Major League Player of the Year in 1996 and was just close to becoming the youngest MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the history of baseball but fell short to Juan González in one of the most controversial MVP elections. In the year 2000, the baseball player was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America and finished 3rd in the BBWAA AL MVP voting.

In 2001-02, his 109 home runs were the most ever by an American League right-handed batter in consecutive season. During his last season with Texas (in 2003), he led the American League in home runs, runs scored, and slugging percentage to win his second consecutive Gold Glove Award. His career was on an all-time high when led the American League with 52 HR, 133 runs scored, and 393 total base in the 2001-02 season. In 2002, Rodriguez had a major league-best 57 HR, 142 RBIs and 389 total bases to become the first player ever to lead the majors in all three categories since 1984.

 

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Tuesday 10, Apr 2012

  Hall of Fame offers drug education

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A drug education program will be started by the Baseball Hall of Fame for students and young adults. The program will commence in the same year when Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa will appear on ballot for the first time after left with tainted careers by steroid accusations.

“It is not intended to cast a directive to voters about Hall of Fame worthy candidates,” shrine president Jeff Idelson said.

Hall of Fame voting has been a part of this nation’s fabric since 1936, and has touted the virtues of character, sportsmanship and integrity, along with the contributions to the game, as integral qualifications for earning election,” Idelson said.

Tuesday 31, Jan 2012

  Hall voters to be consumed by steroids era

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Barry Larkin, still glowing over his election to the Hall of Fame, was asked about next year’s sure-to-be-controversial vote: the first appearances of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa on the Cooperstown ballot.

“All I know is playing and competing against some of these guys, they’re the best — period,” he said.

“I’m not going to vote for any of the people that are linked to steroids. I could change down the road, but that’s the real strong feeling I have now,” said Hal Bodley of MLB.com, the former lead baseball writer for USA Today.

Thursday 29, Sep 2011

  Former MVP admits regret

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Jose Canseco, the former baseball slugger, has expressed regret over his involvement in the sport’s ongoing steroids controversy in a one-hour documentary titled, “Jose Canseco: The Last Shot.”

Canseco regretted “mentioning players (as steroids users)” in his book “Juiced” that was published in 2005 and ultimately led to a congressional hearing on doping in the sport.

“I never realized this was going to blow up and hurt so many people,” Canseco said in the interview.

Monday 19, Sep 2011

  Clemens mistrial brings perfect ending to steroid era

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The mistrial in the Roger Clemens perjury trial has delivered the perfect ending to the steroid era.

The trial suggested that no one was definitively guilty and no one is undeniably innocent.

The final unsatisfying chapter of the steroid era is all closed now.

Monday 27, Dec 2010

  Senate bid for the final steroid test

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Senate bid for the final steroid testEver since Barry Bonds entered a San Francisco courthouse to testify about the use of drugs by him, baseball fans and media have been a part of anguished debate in relation to use of drugs in sports.

The baseball world is all full of speculations whether two “cheaters”, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, will be excluded by the Hall of Fame voters for making use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

Linda McMahon who has been accused of doing little to nothing to curb steroid use may find respite in the fact that users of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs such as Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been appointed as governors.

Thursday 23, Dec 2010

  Ban on game cheaters urged by Aaron

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Ban on game cheaters urged by AaronHenry Aaron, considered by almost every one as the true home run king, recently urged for a ban on cheaters in the game of baseball and Hall of Fame.

The baseball player said he wants to expose the list of 104 players testing positive in baseball’s confidential drug tests in 2003 that includes big names like Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez.

Aaron also said his statements in relation to asterisks are meant only for those players who have been suspected of using performance enhancing drugs.

Friday 10, Dec 2010

  Alex Rodriguez still has plans after the 600th

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Alex Rodriguez still has plans after the 600thThe seventh and youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 career home runs, Alex Rodriguez, is still under a lot of pressure to prove critics wrong who often find it amusing to link A-Rod with anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

It is believed by some that the 600th home run may just not be enough for A-Rod to gain an easy entry into the Hall of Fame once he becomes eligible five years after retirement.

People still doubt me and my performance because of what happened in the past, Rodriguez told Suzyn Waldman of WCBS Radio.

Tuesday 16, Nov 2010

  Skin rejuvenation or steroid use behind bleached skin of Sosa?

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Skin rejuvenation or steroid use behind bleached skin of Sosa?The former major league baseball star, Sammy Sosa, appears to have been embracing a new image these days. Sosa was recently seen with a surprising light skin pigmentation that fueled rumors that this may be a result of steroids rather than a skin rejuvenation program.

Rebecca Polihronis, an acquaintance of Sosa, was quoted by the Chicago Tribune as saying that the baseball star has undergone a skin rejuvenation process.

The skin color change is rumored to be because of a possible complication from use of steroids by the star player in his playing years.

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