Just when you thought you’d heard it all in the Alex Rodriguez-PED scandal, more puzzling news has emerged. The New York Times is reporting that Rodriguez failed a drug test back in 2006 for stimulants. However, his name was apparently not released at the time, because it was the first time he’d been busted for stimulants. I was under the impression that any first positive test resulted in a 50-game suspension, but that’s apparently not the case.
I make no bones about my dislike for A-Roid and I will certainly never defend him, but this news just seems odd. I don’t know how it could have flown under the radar for so long. I just can’t help but wonder if there’s more to the story. A-Fraud and his team of lawyers are alleging that MLB is trying to run the former slugger out of the game, which may not be far from the truth. I wouldn’t put it past MLB to pull some strings to make him seem like even more of a cheater than he’s already accused of being.
The timing of this New York Times report is certainly convenient for MLB and the exact opposite for Rodriguez.
But no matter what’s really going on, or what did go on back in 2006, I still feel the game is better off without the infamous third baseman. He’s been a dark cloud over baseball for many years now and it’s time for him to go back to his mansion and stacks of dirty money.
A-Roid’s suspension appeal hearing is set to resume on November 18th, so we’ll have to wait and see what his team fires back with.