What a Bunch of Cheating Liars: ARod Has Name Added to Lengthy List of Known Steroid and HGH Users in Baseball’s Sordid PED History

Alex Rodriguez Positive Steroid Test | List of MLB Steroid UsersAs you may have noticed, posting on MSF has been a little bit more relaxed and sparse than normal this week. The reason is that we are all winding down from the craziness and excitement of the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl while preparing for two of the greatest events in the sports season: pitchers & catchers reporting and March Madness.

Of course, breaking news in the sports world does wait until you are ready for write about it. Case in point this weekend, and the not-so-startling allegations that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003. And just in case you were wondering whether or not this really is a big story, take a look at this screenshot from the front page of BallHype:

Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive for Steroids | BallHype Screen Capture

Never in my BallHype experience (which, granted, is only the last four or five months) have I ever seen a story break triple digits in either hypes or links. The SI.com ARod story broke triple digits in both.

Wow. I guess it’s important, huh? Just so MSF doesn’t stick out like a boner in church as the only sports website on earth not linking to the SI.com article, here you go.

I am assuming that no one needs me to summarize the story. In case you do, here it is: ARod tested positive for steroids in 2003 and refused to deny the allegations when confronted by SI writer Selena Roberts. Additionally, as has been reported everywhere, just last year ARod denied ever using steroids in an interview with Katie Couric. Here is the video of said denial on CBS’ Eye to Eye:

Ouch.

ARod’s reputation has already taken hits over the past few years for his poor clutch performances, the failure of the Yankees to succeed in the playoffs, his divorce and rumored flings with Madonna, and the recent revelations from Joe Torre’s book that teammates referred to him as “A-Fraud”.ARod Positive Steroid Test | List of Known and Admitted MLB Steroid Users

Now we have every reason to believe that ARod was among the hundreds (and maybe thousands) of Major Leaguers caught up in steroid use in the 90s and early 00s. Plus, to make matters even worse for ARod, we have distinct visual evidence of him apparently lying though his teeth on national television.

It might be the understatement to the century to say that this is not good for perhaps the most talented player in the history of Major League Baseball.

Despite consistent explicit and implied references to ARod’s douchebaggery throughout the sports blogosphere and media over the past decade, his one saving grace has always been the belief by most that Alex Rodriguez arrived at his monstrous numbers “legitimately” without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs. He will not have that going for him any longer.

Additionally, baseball fans who have already been conditioned to question every significant statistical achievement will now have even less belief in the legitimacy of the statistics from the “Juiced Era” of Major League Baseball. As the guys at Flash Sports Tonight so aptly pointed out a few years ago with their sublime music video, they are all a bunch of cheating liars:

Amazingly, this video originally came out before any specific allegations had become public about Roger Clemens. They obviously nailed that one right on the head. But not even the clairvoyant writers of FST could predict that Alex Rodriguez would someday be implicated in the far-reaching steroids era of Major League Baseball.

Alex Rodriguez has now seen his name added to one of the most infamous and ignominious lists in the history of sports: the list of alleged and known steroid and HGH users in Major League Baseball. Here is the complete list so far, courtesy of BaseballsSteroidEra.com.

List of Alleged or Known Steroids and HGH Users in Major League Baseball

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Implicated PlayersList of Steroid and HGH Users in Baseball

  1. Mark McGwire
  2. Manny Alexander
  3. Chuck Finley
  4. Barry Bonds
  5. Marvin Bernard
  6. Randy Velarde
  7. Wilson Alvarez
  8. Bret Boone
  9. Ozzie Canseco
  10. Juan Gonzalez
  11. Dave Martinez
  12. Ivan Rodriguez
  13. Tony Saunders
  14. Miguel Tejada
  15. Lenny Dykstra
  16. Roger Clemens

  17. Andy Pettitte
  18. Brian Roberts
  19. Jay Gibbons
  20. Gary Matthews Jr.
  21. David Bell
  22. Darren Holmes
  23. Rick Ankiel
  24. Troy Glaus
  25. Scott Schoeneweis
  26. Matt Williams
  27. Jose Guillen
  28. Ismael Valdez
  29. Magglio Ordonez
  30. Alex Rodriguez

Admitted Users

  1. Ken Caminiti
  2. Bobby Estalella
  3. Jason Giambi
  4. Jeremy Giambi
  5. Armando Rios
  6. Benito Santiago
  7. Gary Sheffield
  8. Jose Canseco
  9. Tom House
  10. Wally Joyner
  11. Jim Leyritz
  12. Paxton Crawford
  13. Jason Grimsley
  14. David Segui
  15. John Rocker
  16. Paul Byrd
  17. Shane Monahan

MLB Positive Tests

  1. Alex Sanchez
  2. Jorge Piedra
  3. Agustin Montero
  4. Jamal Strong
  5. Juan Rincon
  6. Rafael Betancourt
  7. Rafael Palmeiro
  8. Ryan Franklin
  9. Mike Morse
  10. Carlos Almanzar
  11. Felix Heredia
  12. Matt Lawton
  13. Yusaku Iriki
  14. Guillermo Mota
  15. Juan Salas
  16. Dan Sefarini
  17. Eliezer Alfonzo
  18. Humberto Cota
  19. Henry Owens
  20. JC Romero
  21. Sergio Mitre

Players Implicated in Mitchell Report

  1. Ricky Bones
  2. Alex Cabrera
  3. Larry Bigbie
  4. Jack Cust
  5. Tim Laker
  6. Todd Hundley
  7. Hal Morris
  8. Mark Carreon
  9. Matt Franco
  10. Rondell White
  11. Chuck Knoblauch
  12. Greg Zaun
  13. David Justice
  14. FP Santangelo
  15. Glenallen Hill
  16. Mo Vaughn
  17. Denny Neagle
  18. Ron Villone
  19. Chris Donnels
  20. Todd Williams
  21. Phil Hiatt
  22. Todd Pratt
  23. Kevin Young
  24. Mike Lansing
  25. Cody McKay
  26. Kent Mercker
  27. Adam Piatt
  28. Jason Christiansen
  29. Mike Stanton
  30. Stephen Randolph
  31. Paul Lo Duca
  32. Adam Riggs
  33. Bart Miadich
  34. Fernando Vina
  35. Kevin Brown
  36. Eric Gagne
  37. Mike Bell
  38. Matt Herges
  39. Gary Bennett Jr.
  40. Jim Parque
  41. Brendan Donnelly
  42. Chad Allen
  43. Jeff Williams
  44. Howie Clark
  45. Nook Logan

Other

  1. Termel Sledge
  2. Derek Turnbow
  3. Dave Hollis
  4. Rico Brogna

Once again, this list is available and constantly updated over at BaseballsSteroidsEra.com, and I highly suggest that you visit their site to learn more about the latest allegations and history of PED use in baseball.

I guess at the end of the day I am really not surprised in the least that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids. The ARod allegations have erased whatever benefit-of-the-doubt was left about certain players who we all thought might have been clean. About the only players I can think of who could have allegations of steroid use brought against them that would surprise me are Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux. But honestly, even if they were accused of steroid use I would probably just shrug my shoulders and not think much more about it.Alex Rodriguez Used Steroids | List of MLB Steroid Users

Like Rasheed Wallace said: it is what it is, and it do what it do.

I still play fantasy baseball, I still watch every White Sox game that is on TV here in Dallas, and I still love the game. It pisses me off that these players thought that they could cheat and get away with it, and I do not understand why players do not just come forward and be up front about it. The lying and disrespect is what really pisses me off, and fans in general I think; but I think forgiveness will come pretty easily for players who just come clean.

We’ll see how Alex Rodriguez handles the latest allegations that have rocked the Major League Baseball world. Sadly, my expectation is that he will continue his history of douchebaggery and try to find some way to deny it and evade blame. I already don’t have much respect for ARod, other than obvious respect for his prodigious talent. I think he has an opportunity to earn some respect from the baseball world for being one of the few guys to take a stand-up and honest approach to dealing with steroid allegations.

I doubt he will though, which will cement his legacy as nothing more than most talented of the cheating liars who have tainted the integrity of America’s Pastime.



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Comments

  1. Very good article
    Thank you for your data collection
    Thanks!

    • @john, all the credit for the data collection of the list goes to the fine folks over at BaseballsSteroidEra.com. If you aren’t completely sick of this story yet and can stomach reading more about it, their site is definitely a great stop.

      Thanks for the visit and comment John.

  2. Enjoyable read. Thx.

    • @Alex Rodriguez, thanks for the visit. We are always honored to have the subjects of our articles stop by to leave comments.

      Now if I may just ask you a questions…what the hell were you thinking? Not only did you ruin one of the last remaining positive aspects about you and your career (being clean), but you didn’t even have one of your best seasons. I know you won the MVP, but the stats were not overwhelming or even up to your career standards in 2003.

      I realize it was the culture of the league at the time and definitely the culture of the Rangers, and that you had to be feeling pressure from the $250 million contract. But no one, and I repeat no one had more to lose from being associated with steroids than you.

      It just does not make sense. But neither does anything in the last 15 years of baseball.

  3. IF only these people were the worst criminals on the planet. I don’t condone cheating. But if there was a drug to get me really young again, I’d take it. I suspect the moral high horse being ridden, is that anabolic steroids are illegal. An excellent reason. However, many things which are legislated have more criminal acts behind them in formulating that law, than we’ll ever be allowed to know. Things more sinister and detrimental to our lives than athletes, who are essentially trying to keep a short-lived career.

    We all have flaws, but most of us are not ( or no longer ), in the public eye. Call them cheaters. Sure. For better or worse, I call them humans.

  4. MLB really let its fans down ! I don't even watch baseball anymore, I go to a local AA team Games (Montgomery Biscuits) They play for the love of the game and maybe dont cheat. As far as A-Rod …… It's A-Roid now, Ha Ha Ha.

  5. Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Roger Maris, Phil Rizzuto, Thurman Munson, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson. thats just a few reasons why

  6. If people can turn their heads and say oh well about this then its time we do the same for the greatest hitter ever. Pete Rose

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