Now That The MLB Is Involved, A-Rod's Career May Be In Jeopardy
As a little background, our sister paper, the Miami New Times, published a scathing cover story last week about a Miami-based drug clinic, Biogenesis, that allegedly provided steroids to a murderer's row of athletes, including boxers, tennis players, and baseball stars like Texas Ranger Nelson Cruz, ex-San Francisco Giant Melky Cabrera (now with the Toronto Blue Jays), and the Yankees' own Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod, 37, was the largest reveal in the article, since the three-time American League MVP is one of the league's biggest stars, one of the best of all time, and because he's claimed not to have used performance-enhancing drugs since the spring of 2003.
But meticulous handwritten records kept by Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch show that between 2009 and 2012, Bosch tended personally to the Yankees third baseman, exchanging the drugs in person for cash and providing him with different drug cocktails, delivered through injection, creams and even lozenges. The New Times' records say A-Rod was given at least 19 different drugs including HGH, testosterone and IGF-1, all banned substances. The New Times even detailed one regime that required at least 19 different injections on its own.
And per Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball officials met on Monday with New Times staff to ask the paper to turn over the records to the league for further examination.
This is bad for A-Rod, because if we're honest, the New Times piece seemed pretty bulletproof, and if everything checks out, the league will take official action. This, of course, would mean a lengthy ban for the star. Any official ruling would also further tarnish A-Rod's reputation and ostensibly endanger his future in the league.
Since the article, Rodriguez has barricaded himself in a secret Miami location, secluded from paparazzi. And though the Yankees are working with the player to keep his location from being leaked, A-Rod has reportedly grown paranoid, denying the allegations that he used so, so many illegal drugs over the last three years and saying that he fears the Yankees and, indeed, the league itself are conspiring to push him out of the sport.
According to the New York Daily News, "A-Fraud," who will miss a large portion of the upcoming season with a hip injury, may never suit up for the Yankees again. If the league finds him guilty of doping, New York will try to void his contract, which still has a guaranteed five years and $114 million left. The odds, however, of the Yankees voiding a guaranteed contract are slim.