A-FRAUD: Rodriguez Juiced!

A-Rod is a fraud

LONG BEACH— I awoke today to find that the most annoying baseball player on the field is, or at least was, a cheat.

There are few heros left today. It is fitting that we just celebrated the birthday of one of the last true living baseball heros, Henry “The Hammer” Aaron. It’s a shame that his record and achievements are being mitirated upon by so many players in the last decade.

Sports Illustrated reported A-Fraud’s positive test results citing four independent sources. Also in the report is the total number of positive tests from 2003… 104 players. We know of many that would slide into that category from the Mitchell Report. Now we know another. It would seem there are about 18 more to go…

  1. Allen, Chad
  2. Ankiel, Rick
  3. Bell, David
  4. Bell, Mike
  5. Benard, Marvin
  6. Bennett, Jr., Gary
  7. Bigbie, Larry
  8. Bonds, Barry
  9. Bones, Ricky
  10. Brown, Kevin
  11. Byrd, Paul
  12. Caminiti, Ken
  13. Canseco, Jose
  14. Carreon, Mark
  15. Christiansen, Jason
  16. Clark, Howie
  17. Clemens, Roger
  18. Crawford, Paxton
  19. Cust, Jack
  20. Donnelly, Brendan
  21. Donnels, Chris
  22. Dykstra, Lenny
  23. Estalella, Bobby
  24. Franco, Matt
  25. Franklin, Ryan
  26. Gagne, Eric
  27. Giambi, Jason
  28. Giambi, Jeremy
  29. Gibbons, Jay
  30. Glaus, Troy
  31. Grimsley, Jason
  32. Guillen, Jose
  33. Hairston, Jr., Jerry
  34. Herges, Matt
  35. Hiatt, Phil
  36. Hill, Glenallen
  37. Holmes, Darren
  38. Hundley, Todd
  39. Jorgensen, Ryan
  40. Joyner, Wally
  41. Judd, Mike
  42. Justice, David
  43. Knobloch, Chuck
  44. Laker, Tim
  45. Lansing, Mike
  46. LoDuca, Paul
  47. Logan, Exavier Nook
  48. Manzanillo, Josias
  49. Matthews, Jr., Gary
  50. McKay, Cody
  51. Mercker, Kent
  52. Miadich, Bart
  53. Morris, Hal
  54. Neagle, Denny
  55. Palmeiro, Rafael
  56. Parque, Jim
  57. Pettitte, Andy
  58. Piatt, Adam
  59. Pratt, Todd
  60. Randolph, Stephen
  61. Riggs, Adam
  62. Rios, Armando
  63. Roberts, Brian
  64. Rocker, John
  65. Rodriguez, Alex
  66. Santangelo, F.P.
  67. Santiago, Benito
  68. Schoenweis, Scott
  69. Segui, David
  70. Sheffield, Gary
  71. Stanton, Mike
  72. Stone, Ricky
  73. Tejada, Miguel
  74. Turnbow, Derrick
  75. Valdez, Ismael
  76. Vaughn, Mo
  77. Velarde, Randy
  78. Villone, Ron
  79. Vina, Fernando
  80. White, Rondell
  81. Williams, Jeff
  82. Williams, Matt
  83. Williams, Todd
  84. Woodard, Steve
  85. Young, Kevin
  86. Zaun, Gregg
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21 thoughts on “A-FRAUD: Rodriguez Juiced!

  1. Is it any wonder that the culture of cheating is rooted deeply in our national pastime? Cheating these days whether it’s on the playing field, in the classroom or in the boardroom has become a highly rewarded virtue, sickening! I mean after all baseball is a business right and it’s all about making a profit, right? Unfortunately this entire generation of players is suspect. Ever wonder why Joe DiMaggio’s 46 home runs right handed hitting Yankee held the record for 70 years, well think no more.

  2. Just sickening. Maybe we should have given more thought to Jose Canseco’s book. Alex Rodriguez, prior to hearing this news, was the most talented baseball player I had ever seen. Needless to say I am not really all that surprised. I was happy 2 years ago knowing that Barry Bonds record will only stand a few years because down the road A-Rod would shatter it by hitting over 800. I stand corrected, Hank Aaron is still the greatest home run hitter of all time. I really hope Albert Pujols is clean because he too has a shot at 756. So Mr. A-Rod, cheat on your wife, cheat in baseball? You will never be a true great now.

    1. Arnold, I agree. I was pleased with the thought of erasing Barry with A-Rod until I heard this. But I never thought A-Rod was more talented than Pujols. Pujols, to me any way, is simply the best hitter in a long, long, long time. I hope he never juiced. Man I hope he is clean. In the mean time I’ll enjoy reading his splits. It’s .333/.400/.600 every year, in every situation, day, night, early, late, runners on, bases empty, injured, healthy. What a machine. And a gold glove to boot! Man I hope he is clean.

  3. TP. What great numbers they are. If he is clean i would have no problem seeing him surpass the games greatest single statistic. I hold A-Rod in the same light as i do any other player who has cheated. i look at it this way, yes, A-Rod is a very talented player who likely didnt need to inject poison into his body. He may very well still be a great talent but especially when you look at where his numbers place him on the all time list, it makes me sick thinking he had to cheat to get to this level!

  4. Yeah – I’m disappointed as well. It is truly a shame. I agree that Albert Pujols is the guy we need to be rooting for now. He seems to be a pretty stand-up personality off of the field. And he is an amazing player on field.

  5. A question: Why is it that these test results were hidden? Why has Major League Baseball been dragging their feet regarding any real effort to stop steroid use and abuse?

    1. #6: Chuck, Test results were hidden due to the collective bargaining agreement. Have you read ken Rosenthal’s article on this on FoxSports? The guy nails it. These test results that outed A-Fraud were a bargain agreement of the union and the owners. The deal was these test would remain anonymous while going on only to be destroyed at the end of the trail. The point of the tests was to clarify whether a “serious” drug testing policy was needed. The worst news concerning A-Fraud was that the union began tipping off players as to when “unannounced” tests would be conducted. Any “teeth” the MLB drug policy had have now been pulled. It’s depressing. Watching all the other guys go down was one thing. Watching A-Fraud go down is watching the “safty blanket” being burned in the process. It exposes the union as a fraud. It illegitimizes any drug policty. Pathetic really. But what’s to be expected in a society that has systematically outlawed the teaching of morality in all public forums?

  6. Great question Jorge- I do not know. It was worked out b/w the league and the players union, as best I can tell. What a shame.

    I think it further taints all of these records from this era. What a disappointment. There are virtually no homerun records you can trust in baseball right now.

    I just hope some non-juicer is able to come along sometime in the next 10 – 15 years and swat 74 homers and then go on to hit 800 over his career.

    Hank Aaron didn’t need the juice. Willy Mays didn’t. The Babe just needed cigars and beer (evidently). Roger Maris chain-smoked his way to 61 and nearly had a nervous breakdown. Jim Rice put up awesome, A-Rod-esque numbers in the late 1970’s without the juice. Carl Yastremski won a triple crown without it. Teddy Ballgame was the best hitter who ever lived- all on pure physical talent and no juice. Eddie Matthews. Ty Cobb. Honus Wagner. All those guys- and no juice.

    But our era was tainted.

    I think this one is a result of baseball turning a blind eye b/c of the money. Truly a shame.

  7. Ruth is the greatest hitter who ever lived with all due respect to the great splendid splinter. That he was also a GREAT pitcher ends all discussion as to who the greatest baseball player that ever lived was. If championships are what counts and the great ones are measured by championships DiMaggio ranks second. He was the Yankees as Ruth was and they were the absolute leaders of their respective Yankee teams.

    The Union? Please surprise me every now and then, throw a curve ball guys.

    How is it that you have no answer to my earlier questions and no comment whatsoever on the first post? Is it fear of self incrimination? Really your silence speaks volumes in both cases.

    Well how about I lay out two scenarios that you comment on boys, simple observations and facts.

    01. Home runs = fannies in the seats = increased revenue streams from increased product and television sales = increased revenue and profits for the owners. Do you agree with that statement or not?

    02. By your own admission and simple observation, “There are virtually no homerun records you can trust in baseball right now.” steroids increase home run totals. It was the McGuire vs. Sosa steroid fueled dismantling of Maris home run record (the most revered record in sports) that brought people back to the game in record numbers. I mean those All Star Home Run Derby moon shots had everybody on their feet including the aforementioned splendid splinter himself. Do you agree with that statement?

    Are you saying the Unions have the right and have enforced that right to stop owners from enforcing the law of the land (steroids are illegal) within their franchises? Are you saying that owners were not aware that players were breaking the law by using steroids? Or do you agree that owners saw increased revenues and profits and turned the other way?

    Now I remember sitting in Fenway in 1988 and listening to almost 40 thousand fabs chant, S-T-E-R-O-I-D-S every single time Jose Canseco walked to the plate, so it was a commonly known fact then ( and please spare me the it wasn’t a banned substance then BS) so ownership and managers feigning ignorance is well, BS.

    Are you also saying that you do not see the parallels here (as I stated earlier below)?

    Is it any wonder that the culture of cheating is rooted deeply in our national pastime? Cheating these days whether it’s on the playing field, in the classroom or in the boardroom has become a highly rewarded virtue, sickening! I mean after all baseball is a business right and it’s all about making a profit, right? Unfortunately this entire generation of players is suspect. Ever wonder why Joe DiMaggio’s 46 home runs right handed hitting Yankee held the record for 70 years, well think no more.

    Come on guys step up here, inquiring minds want to know.

    1. #9: I don’t recall any one on this site ever saying the owners were guilt free Chuck. Nor do I read anything that says the union was guilt free. If you want your coporate greed killed all that is holy look no further than baseball. The union screwed the good guys on their side by not requiring a drug policy as early as possible. The union has fought against a drug policy since the get go. The owners have turned a blind eye as well. And after the 1994 strike, I could see where both sides were coming from. Both had everything to gain and lose from the failure of the sport. But I still think it is wrong. Cheap. Depressing…

      As I implied earlier, it is no suprise to me that immorality is becoming prevelant in a society that prohibits the teaching of morality in public areas.

  8. #9 – Jorge- thanks for the comment back. If you look at the very last 2 sentences on my post #7 you’ll see I agree w/ you.

    I actually agree you’ve got a point on a culture of cheating. And I think you have a point that what we’re going through in our economic crisis has been impacted by cheating- mortgage brokers loading up clients with debt and deceptive mortgage products and then selling those off to someone else without disclosing the risk. I agree with that- though I probably have not posted a blog about it here. That’s actually part of the “smart regulation” that I think needs to happen in the business world- I think there needs to be some type of regulation in place to accomplish at least 2 things: 1) force sellers of certain securities to have a standard disclosure of risk; 2) force lenders to have a standard set of documentation that they have to obtain from all clients to support income, etc. I’m not sure what shape those things should take, but those are at least 2 pieces of regulation that would be helpful.

    See? I’m in favor of regulation. I think it can be very smart. Whenever I disagree with regulation it usually regulation that is either redundant because I believe a market-place already regulates against certain types of behavior or because I think that the regulation is overstepping the bounds of regulation and going so far as to tell businesses how to run their business (which I think is the worst kind). An example of the latter kind would be regulations on the auto industry mandating the types of cars they should produce. I just really think that is damaging to them, if they are producing cars that are not appealing to a broad number of customers.

    Anyway- that’s my final 2 cents.

    Oh yeah- I agree on the Babe. Couldn’t have said it better- he is the greatest player of all time. I still like the splendid splinter as a hitter though- I still think he was the best. I think it’s hard to top a guy who one 2 triple crowns while fighting a war in between, who batted .400, who homered in his first and last at bat, etc. He’s kind of the all-around American hero. Sort of arrogant from what I understand, but a great hitter!

  9. Cigars add a certain air of douchebag to any person. Great photo choice.

    Also, big fan of the follow-up comment notification. Pretty much have to say that is the best thing ever.

    Now I can watch Jorge and TP battle it out over the “internets” from the comfort of my Iphone, while logging on to see new articles at my leisure.

    1. We here at the American Missive work hard to bring the most technologically advanced commenting possible for our readers. I’m glad you like the follow up que. Hopefully FreedomThinker sees it. He’d been asking about it earlier…

  10. Speaking as a Braves fan, I’m glad to only count 7 total former Braves and only one former Braves “star” among this list (unless you count Rocker or Neagle, which I don’t). I’ve heard Justice try (badly) to explain away his presence on the list, and apparently he was caught in his post-Braves days (explains his Yankee renaissance better than any vapors emanating from Memorial Grove). I don’t know if the Braves’ front office had a lower tolerance for ‘roids than other teams’, but it’s good not to see many of my own heroes tained here.

    I also wouldn’t assume that the Mitchell Report names correspond with the Gang of 104. Given the agreement between the union and MLB, it’s very possible that Mitchell never got a copy of the Gang of 104 results.

    Once you start eclipsing 100 players, it really does make one wonder how MLB let things get this out of control.

    1. Marque… That’s a valid point about the Mitchell Report. Some of those guys I don’t think were even playing in 2003. But I do like to post the names over just to keep the list fresh in mind 🙂

  11. I see I have once again successfully stirred the pot! I love when Chief Crazy Talk responds to one of my posts four or five times!
    It shows how frantic and impatient he is! CCT can you see me smile? 😉

    Hey everyone read # 9 and let us know if you agree or disagree?

  12. Stephen look at Ruth and Williams career offensive numbers on baseball-reference.com, I believe that Ruth separates himself from Williams with his incredible power numbers as their lifetime ave (.342 to .344) and obp (.474 to .482) are virtually a wash. Imagine that it took the great Hank Aaron 3,966 more at bats and at 550 at bats per season that’s 7.2 additional seasons to surpass Ruth in home runs. Stunning. Ruth and Williams both lost seasons as Ruth lost his first four to pitching and Williams in the Service.

    Imagine either of these guys on steroids? I mean imagine if Ruth didn’t drink and have such a horrible diet?

    Scroll down the page on baseball-reference and look at Ruth’s ranking amongst his peers in every conceivable offensive category and he’s virtually number 1 (some 2) right across the board. Imagine hitting more home runs than multiple teams (all players combined) in the league! There simply is no athlete that ever lived that dominated his peers in quite the same way!

    Williams himself said in numerous interviews that he didn’t see Ruth play but his numbers strongly suggest he was the greatest ever. In those same interviews he said the greatest ball players he ever saw were DiMaggio and Mays and that he would take DiMaggio because he thought Mays was to free a swinger by comparison.

    Want to talk about a stunning statistic DiMaggio had as many career home runs as strike outs! That is stunning, and he was a right handed batter to boot!

    I noticed that there were no comments of DiMaggio? 13 Seasons and I believe it was 11 trips to the World Series and definitely 9 World Championships. The only player with more is the great Yogi Berra 10 World Championships, both 3 time MVPs.

    I wish it was easier to cut and paste web addresses into these comment boxes as there are some great quotes pages I’d like to share.

    I think Ken Burns use of the game of baseball as a historical mirror of our country and society remains true to this day. ARod and Bonds are absolutely reflections of a much wider culture in this country, unfortunately.

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