Anabolic Steroids and Baseball. Is There a Reason ?
Rodriguez is considered one of the best all-around baseball players of all time. He is the youngest player to break the 500 home run mark, and in 2007 signed the largest contract in baseball history, agreeing to a 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees.
In February 2009, Rodriguez admitted to anabolic steroid use from 2001-2003, citing enormous amounts of pressure on him to perform. His admission came after Sports Illustrated named Rodriguez as one of the 104 Major League players to test positive after a 2003 drug survey. This survey, approved by the Players’ union on the condition of anonymity, was designed to help determine whether mandatory anabolic steroid drug testing was necessary. Though these results were supposed to be destroyed, a master list was seized during the BALCO investigation, and later subpoenaed by federal authorities.
At a Tampa press conference in February 2009, Rodriguez addressed the media and answered questions, telling those present that from 2001-2003, for six months of the year, he would inject himself twice monthly. He said that the last time he used steroids was after a preseason injury in 2003.
Rodriguez currently employs a large team of PR professionals and image consultants tasked with ensuring that his image remains as unscathed as possible. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is currently in the process of deciding what, if any, punishment should be handed down.