In a breaking news story on Mike Francesa’s WFAN sports-talk radio program this afternoon in New York, Monday, February 9, 2009, it was reported that in a taped interview with Peter Gammons on ESPN, Alex Rodriguez has admitted to using “Performance Enhancing Drugs” in the years he played for the Texas Rangers in 2001, 2002, and 2003. A-Rod expressed sorrow, and said he did not use any PED’s after that time period.
Rodriguez hit .318 with 52 HR’s and 135 RBI’s in 2001.
In 2002, he hit .300 with 57 HR’s and 142 RBI’s.
And, in 2003, A-Rod won the AL MVP Award, hitting .298 with 47 HR’s and 118 RBI’s.
The complete interview will air sometime tonight on ESPN’s “Sports Center Show”. And, I am sure parts of the interview will continue to leak out throughout the afternoon.
If these reports are accurate, then Alex Rodriguez has taken the correct approach in handling this issue. It will be interesting to watch the interview to gauge exactly how sincere A-Rod appears; but, it is a step in the right direction.
Alex Rodriguez will still have to deal with this issue the rest of this year, though, and, also, throughout the rest of his career. Most fans will appreciate A-Rod’s honesty, and it certainly is better off that he came clean. But, there still is a huge “dark cloud” over baseball because of the many disturbing events that have taken place during the “steroids era”.
The time for action is “now”, by the Players, Major League Baseball, the Team Owners, and the Players Association, to put an end to this disgraceful era in baseball by implementing Julia’s plea, in her letter to the Commissioner of Baseball, on her “Julia’s Rant’s” mlblog.
In her letter, Julia puts forth the following suggestion …
“From This Day Forward, Any Player Who Tests Positive For A Banned Substance Is Thrown Out Of Baseball. Period”.
All baseball fans can only hope and pray that these events surrounding Alex Rodriguez will be a “new” wake up call to all of Major League Baseball to take serious action to work together to implement a “Zero Tolerance Policy” regarding steroids and all performance enhancing drugs !!!
To view “Julia’s Rant’s” mlblog, and letter, click on …
To view Alex Rodriguez’s lifetime stats, click on …
Jimmy Curran, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”