Surprising.

To give credit, I must.  I must give at least a little to Alex Rodriguez.

Why?

Alex Rodriguez admitted to using PED’s for a three-year period. 

Did Alex have to admit that he used for so long?  Or could he simply have stated to the public that he used only in the year that he was caught? 

This caught me by surprise, as I just came across it after disturbing my computer from its “sleep mode.”  Like every other baseball player, it seems that Rodriguez simply could have admitted to using in a very short period of time, during whichever time period he was caught–2003 in this case.

I have to hand it to the man, at least he came out and made it sound truthful.  And maybe it is, maybe he is telling the truth.  But of course, as a viewer, from afar, I am skeptical by nature as to if it was in fact three years.  But saying that it was “three years,” definitely scores points, seeing how there may not have been any legal ramifications involved in admitting to longer than he had to.

Does this clear Alex for the past four seasons?  No, it does not.  There are undetectable substances, there was a questionable testing program in place, and there are lingering questions that we have about whether there is a simplistic way to avoid getting caught.

Digress:  My Dad makes a good point.  Is there a document that states the exact testing plan that MLB has put forth?  Because I did some light searching and could not come up with anything.  If anyone has any information, please let me know. 

Back to the subject at hand.  So, yes.  ARod will always be “tainted” because of this, but now that he has come clean for three years, rather than one, people will have a little more respect for him. 

And because none of us were Major League baseball players, don’t just come out and dismiss everything that everyone has done.  If you wish to do so, then I guess that is your opinion.  But had we been in that situation, how would each of us, as individuals have handled it?  I have not shied away from letting people know that I was dangerously close to flirting with steroids–And that was simply to get bigger and stronger for no reason other than to look good.  At least baseball players are doing this to improve their game. 

Was it cheating?  Yes.  But come on, let these guys have a second chance to redeem themselves as people.  The game was embedded with steroid and amphetamine use.  Both are forms of cheating, and the percentage was mighty great, in my opinion, of how many players were using either/or.  Steroids to a lesser extent, but I have to believe that many people were either popping amphetamines, or stocking up on syringes.

Alex Rodriguez cheated.  He then lied to us on 60 Minutes.  Does he have personal flaws?  I would definitely agree with anyone that thinks that he does.  But as far as this steroid culture–that is hopefully passing us by–many athletes cheated, some were caught, some weren’t.  And hopefully the testing program is the answer that all of us fans want—not just digging through the past and trying to find every wrongdoer. 

I will hope Rodriguez fails as a player.  It impacts how the Boston Red Sox finish in the division. 

But I also find a very positive thing in Rodriguez admitting to that “three-year” period. 

I will question what he has done, and what he will do.  But I WILL NOT dismiss it.

I guess that I should have watched the video, rather than just skim through the article as I did.  But Rodriguez came off as saying that he “did not know” what he used.  Now this may be accurate, maybe he didn’t know.  But that makes it sound a little suspicious, as if maybe he is implying that he wouldn’t have used had he known that it was a banned substance.

13 Comments

It does raise the question – did he deserve to win the awards he did in 2003? Admitting is the first step. But A-Rod has more to do before he finds redemption with me.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I know, it sickens me how he is considered better than David Wright, even though Wright is clean, and yet Wright is so much better. What’s your take in Wright?
http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

It actually raises the question- does he deserve any of the awards he earned? That is what the “tainted” label does. I hope that those were the only three years he used, and I hope he never uses again. But I can’t be sure of anything now.

Haha, go mets. David Wright is a great player. Now, I put ARod ahead of him, but I had Wright number 2 among 3B in all of baseball when I did my rankings. I think Wright is a better defender, but ARod is a better hitter and better player overall. But Wright is still great, better than Ryan Howard, that is for sure.

Good thoughts. However, I don’t think his admission of PED use, even over a 3 year period, puts him on a different moral plane. My thoughts are he probably acknowledged it for no reason other than it is best for his career and his publicity advisers and the Players’ Union lawyers advised him to do so, not because he felt morally obligated. My thoughts: http://thetwinstudies.blogspot.com/2009/02/alex-rodriguez-takes-correct-approach.html

And I don’t disagree with that. I just found it nice that someone admitted using for more than only one injection :)

Yeah, it is nice to get what seems like the whole truth. I certainly hope it turns out to be the whole truth.

There’s no way he didn’t know what he was putting in his body. No way. Besides, he is a replicant after all and don’t replicants have super memories?
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

But their lives only last four years. ARod must be the exception :)

By the way, I am only familiar with one type of replicant, so I hope we are referring to the Nexus-4 or whatever it was.

He gained a little respect back from me after apologizing. But in the end he cheated. Personally I think there should be a one strike and you’re out policy. If baseball wants to get this over with they need to make it really count. You get caught once and you are done with baseball. If Pete Rose gets kicked out for gambling on his team winning every night cheaters should be too.
http://downonstrikes.blogspot.com/

Joe, J.C. of Sabernomics’ take on whether or not A-Rod’s alleged use of PED’s significantly altered his statistical record as a baseball player. Link:

http://www.sabernomics.com/sabernomics/index.php/2009/02/what-impact-did-steroids-have-on-alex-rodriguezs-home-run-performance/

Conclusion:

“The important finding is that the statistical record doesn’t reveal an obvious spike in home-run performance by Alex Rodriguez during the time when he admits to using performance-enhancing drugs. ”

Your thoughts?

My thoughts are that, unfortunately, the more I thought about this, and after actually watching the video, it is difficult believing anything. I still like the fact that he said “three years,” he probably didn’t have to. But how do we know that he didn’t use in the surrounding years? I mean, I believe in my heart that ARod would have been great either way, but how many people used? And how long did he ACTUALLY use? But he wasn’t the only one, so how much this even enhances a players ability in relation to the average player is up in the air. ARod did hit more homers in Texas, but his OPS+ were similar to the rest of his career. Texas is a hitters park, so that could be a very realistic reason why he hit more homers. The one difference I see is that ARod played in 160+ games for all three years, a number that he has duplicated in only two other seasons, one is Seattle and one in New York.

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