The term Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) isn’t what any ballplayer wants on his Resume. In the case of New York Yankees third baseman, it is a potential kiss of death for one of the league’s best players (well former best-players).
In a report that aired on the ESPN show, Outside the Lines, the latest PED allegations put Alex Rodriguez literally and figuratively on the hot seat. Anthony Bosch, who’s at the center of the latest PED controversy reportedly received texts from ARod late at night to inject him with PEDs at his Biscayne Bay home in South Florida. Several other big league players have been linked to Bosch, but the latest allegations against ARod could be the kiss-of-death.
With all of the hubbub surrounding the MLB Hall of Fame voting this year in regards to a class of players tainted by PEDs, this isn’t what the doctor ordered for ARod. Reports out of New York suggest that the Yankees want ARod gone, but with his current injury status (hip), age and contract, there will be few takers at this point. Reportedly, he still has five years and $114 million left on his deal. The Players’ Union will never go for a cancellation or renegotiation of that contract. The Bronx Bombers are up a creek with this one.
Regardless of how all of this ends, baseball has a real issue with PEDs and their steps to control the problem took a huge step with comprehensive blood testing being agreed upon this season. It is commendable that baseball is taking this step, and it will certainly level the playing field. In the case of ARod, he may never be the same player we saw or get into the Hall of Fame. And it’s a shame because he’s one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen.