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This could be the big tamale. CNNSI.com is reporting they’ve received word from four independent sources that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for an anabolic steroid and testosterone in 2003 – which happened to be an MVP season.
Arod was on a list of 104 players who tested positive for steroids in 2003, but while the league banned the substances at the time, there was no penalty for a positive test. MLB used the information gathered in 2003 to start the practice of mandatory tests and penalties for positive tests in 2004.
In his 2003 season with the Rangers, Arod won the AL MVP and had the most home runs in the league with 47.
My Take: This is one heck of a story ready to explode. He’s not the biggest fan favorite around the league, but there’s no doubt he’s looked at as possibly one of the greatest players ever to play. I think this test will only hurt his image, as again, there were no penalties for a positive test. We’ll see if Arod owns up to it; I think he has to. Either way, as a baseball fan in general, it is disheartening news as more and more ‘superstars’ from this generation seem to be cheaters.