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UPDATE: When asked today to comment on the allegations, A-Rod said, “I’m not going there.”
According to the N.Y. Daily News, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs a lot more that for just a three-year period with the Texas Rangers. In the new book about the slugger due to be released in May, Selena Roberts writes that A-Rod used steroids while with the Yankees, and may have used substances dating all the way back to when he was in high school.
A-Rod’s high school teammate told Roberts that he was doing steroids and the coach knew it, though the coach denies those allegations. Also, an unamed major league player said he saw A-Rod and Yankees teammate Kevin Brown (who was named in the Mitchell Report) with HGH in 2004.
Two anonymous Yankees said A-Rod was nicknamed “B***h T**s” (use your imagination) by his teammates in 2005. In the previous off-season, he had put on 15 pounds and seemed to develop round pectorals, which is a condition called gynecomastia that can be caused by anabolic steroid use.
Where there’s steroids, there’s Jose Canseco, who believed all along that A-Rod did steroids while with the Yankees.
“I absolutely think Alex is using HGH,” he said. “Probably a combination of growth and steroids.”
Reaction: If any of this is true, which I think it is, then it’s time for A-Rod to come clean and put it all to rest if he ever wants to go to the Hall of Fame. It’s a shame that he shamed the game, and couldn’t man up to all of the allegations against him. He has nine years left in the big leagues, so he’s going to need to fess up eventually.
A-Rod is due to return from his hip injury in mid-April, and Roberts’ book is due for release at around the same time.