Alex Rodriguez reportedly tested positive for banned stimulant in 2006
The New York Times has an excellent report about the case between MLB and the New York Yankees third baseman/designated hitter that is filled with all sorts of interesting information and details. One of their revelations is that Rodriguez tested positive for the stimulant in 2006.
Here’s what The Times says in their report:
While it is not clear whether M.L.B. has used it as evidence during the proceeding, Mr. Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, according to two people involved with baseball’s collectively bargained drug-testing program. He was not publicly identified for the positive test because players face suspensions for prohibited stimulants only if they test positive more than once.
So now we can add the banned stimulant positive test to everything else Rodriguez has done. That includes admitting to using steroids from 2001-2003 while he was with the Texas Rangers; allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs from 2009 to as recently as last year; and in the opinion of some, cheating since high school.
In its case against Rodriguez, MLB says the former MVP is the most pervasive user in the game. Rodriguez’s team is accusing MLB of using unethical investigative tactics such as paying for information and intimidating people.
The Times reveals a few other really interesting nuggets. They say MLB hired George Mitchell, whose Mitchell Report helped change drug testing in baseball, to help with the investigation. They say MLB lawyers are asking to have grand jury testimony in the Anthony Galea case released as potential evidence. There are also multiple indications that both A-Rod’s team and MLB have thrown around large amounts of money to get help building their cases — we’re talking about thousands for pieces of information.
Oh, and one of MLB’s investigators supposedly began an intimate relationship with one of the people involved in the case (a person who worked at Biogenesis). He denied the relationship, and A-Rod’s team allegedly paid $100,000 for evidence/information confirming the relationship.
This entire thing is so sleazy on both sides they both deserve each other.