Sports Illustrated is reporting that Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was among 104 players that tested positive for steroids in 2003, while a member of the Texas Rangers. At that time, there were no penalties for a positive steroid test. Obviously this is huge, since MLB and commissioner Bud Selig were hoping A-Rod would break the home run record as a clean player and allow them to put the "Barry Bonds era" behind them.
But Selig and MLB have known about this for almost six years now. They were willing to protect the anonymity of those 104 players until the report got out. What does that say about Selig and Co.?
According to SI, the list of players who tested positive in '03 is under seal in the state of California. But "two sources familiar with the evidence that the government has gathered in its investigation of steroid use in baseball and two other sources with knowledge of the testing results have told Sports Illustrated that Rodriguez is one of the 104 players identified as having tested positive, in his case for testosterone and an anabolic steroid known by the brand name Primobolan. All four sources spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the evidence."
All this really says about the game is that everyone and their mother were doing steroids at some point. It is a smashing blow to Rodriguez, who is easily the most-hated player in baseball, and this will only give his critics more fuel to use against him.
I'd love to see the other 103 names on the list, though. Any bets on David Ortiz being on it?