While performance-enhancing drugs have been a part of baseball for decades, violators were never really punished until the 1990’s, when harsher consequences were put in place. The use of steroids was truly brought to the eye of the public around the 1998 season, during the historic home-run race between the Cardinals’ Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs. Both players have been heavily accused over the years, though neither has been marked as a definite steroid user. Several stars such as McGwire, Sosa, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, and Roger Clemens have had their chances for a spot in Cooperstown dramatically decreased because of their association with performance-enhancing drugs.
To any true baseball fan, speculation about the use of steroids in the MLB is nothing new. But recently, old news has become relevant once again. Within the last week or so, yet another report has been released accusing current MLB stars of violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
The most recent report focuses heavily on Anthony Bosch and his Miami-based anti-aging clinic. Similar to other accusations in the past few years, this one also focuses on Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 37, resides in Miami during the offseason, and has allegedly made several illegal purchases from Bosch. Sources associated with the Miami New Times have released a statement saying that Rodriguez’s name or nicknames pop up at least a dozen times in Bosch’s notes. Sources close to Bosch have reported a close relationship between the two, but Bosch has done nothing but deny it. Although he has passed drug tests in recent years, sources say that he may have started using PED’s again before and during the 2012 season. Rodriguez previously admitted to using steroids in the early 2000’s while playing for the Texas Rangers. He claims to never have used them since, and the Yankees obviously believed him, giving him a 10 year/$275 million contract prior to the 2009 campaign. The MLB Commissioner’s Office is currently investigating all evidence related to this recent report, and will make an announcement as soon as a final verdict is reached.
Will Alex Rodriguez join the list of superstars with an asterisk next to their name? Only time will tell. For the time being, fans will just have to accept the fact that there are still players who think they can get away with using PED’s, while other players play fairly without receiving the recognition of putting up huge numbers. Other names included in the 2013 report include Bartolo Colon, Gio Gonzales, Nelson Cruz, and Melky Cabrera. Cabrera was suspended 50 games this past season for violating the league’s PED policy.