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Source: If A-Rod doesn’t settle with MLB, he will be given a lifetime suspension

Jul 31, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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A source familiar with the Biogenesis investigation tells HardballTalk that if Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball are unable to reach a settlement in connection with the Biogenesis matter, Major League Baseball will suspend Rodriguez for life. Previous reports have only suggested such a move is possible.

A lifetime ban would almost certainly cause Rodriguez to appeal the discipline. HardballTalk’s source says that Major League Baseball is aware that the arbitrator who would hear the matter – Fredric Horowitz – may not uphold a lifetime ban in light of the fact that Rodriguez has never been subject to discipline for PEDs before and because going all the way to baseball’s most severe sanction would be extreme for first-time discipline.  The league believes, however, that even if he were successful in having his sanction reduced on appeal, Rodriguez would ultimately be given a severe suspension, on par with what it is currently offering Rodriguez: 150 games or greater. The league is confident that Rodriguez would not prevail on the basic matter of culpability if he appealed.

Major League Baseball was unable to comment, citing the pendency on the ongoing investigation. Rodriguez’s attorney, David Cornwell, did not return calls seeking comment.

The source says that Major League Baseball is unwilling to agree to a suspension of Rodriguez in the 100-game range, demanding much more time off, even in the context of a settlement. The league, according to the source, believes that it has “compelling evidence” of significant malfeasance on Rodriguez’s part, including use of performance enhancing drugs, steering other players who sought to take PEDs to the Biogenesis clinic and his attempts to obtain and possibly destroy evidence from the Biogenesis clinic. Rodriguez and his attorneys, the source says, strongly dispute allegations of steering players to Biogenesis and attempting to destroy evidence.

The source says that, those disputes aside, Rodriguez is “in for a world of hurt.”

The source says that discipline is most likely to be leveled against Rodriguez, be it in the form of a settled-on or unilaterally-imposed sanction on Friday. Major League Baseball is expected to announce discipline for all of the other players connected to Biogenesis on that day as well.

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  1. ruhavingfun2day - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Whatever the ‘resolution’ I just pray its rock solid and doesn’t extend this story!!

    • zapainhurtzalot - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      If MLB has “the goods” on him. LET”S SEE WHAT THEY GOT!!! We keep hearing of documents and witnesses, emails, etc.. WTH are they?

      Ya gotta think tho, he’s already lied and then confessed to using, so there has to be something to the allegations now.

      Let him have his “day in court” and see what evidence there is against him, then impose punishment, otherwise MLB needs to quit blowing smoke and get this BS over with.

  2. jayquintana - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    If I’m A-Rod, I fight this. The guy testifying against him has major character issues.

    Just follow the Roger Clemens blueprint and A-Rod should win in court — easily. Once he does, I don’t see how MLB can suspend him.

    By the by, I think A-Rod used and is an idiot and it’s hard to feel sorry for him, but to hear Selig blather on about the “integrity” of the came… oh, please.

    • dfpoor - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      The cheaters had their fun for nearly 20 y

      • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        cocaine is a hell of a drug

    • fissels - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      If he fights, all the lurid details will come out. IMO

    • manhandler1 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      They have way more than some guy testifying against him. They have copies of communications, Biogenesis records and on and on. The “A’ in A Rod stands for arrogant and other things that start with “A ” that I can’t say here. If I’m A-ROD, I go stick my head in a hole and never take it out.

  3. downhillrider - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I try to avoid stories like this as much as possible, but I thought suspensions for PED’s had to do with positive tests. MLB isnt saying he failed a test are they? Just some documents a guy has?

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      A-CHODE may not have failed a drug test (the “random” tests that is) but was on the bio-whatever list with Bonds…..he admitted to using and had the chance to set it right (fail). Top that with more lies, more roids, and tampering with evidence……done and done….it comes down to the money….in the past MLB turned a blind eye because it meant revenue….now MLB is laying down the law because its all about revenue…..shocking…..and what better way to distract the epidemic of ‘roids and ridiculous contracts in the bud then to make an example of the biggest diva in baseball (I think David Copperfield has given a seminar or two on misdirection with Selig)…A-CHODE still has a chance to save face but his ego is getting in the way…and his lawyers are are seeing dollar signs so they are only going to fuel the fire…….thats right, its all about the money…shocking…but that’s another story all together….I bet “integrity” gets the next lifetime ban…

      • clemente2 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Bonds was not on the Biogenesis lists. The rest of your comment is similarly informed.

      • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        The “bio-whatever” list…the “cream” supplier in San Fran….thats called a generalization cause i dont give a fuck about properly citing cheating ventures…..INTEGRITY…..please comprehend posts more carefuly and I’ sorry i cant remember yet another steriod story…you must me a Bonds fan that hasn’t quit come to grips with reality…i forgive you….

        com·pre·hend
        transitive verb \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhend, -prē-\
        Definition of COMPREHEND
        1
        : to grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of
        2
        : to contain or hold within a total scope, significance, or amount
        3
        : to include by construction or implication <does not prudence comprehend all the virtues? — Thomas B. Silver

      • Glenn - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        What kind of suspension did Bonds get from “bio-whatever”? Exactly. Sober up and try again.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        Roberto Clemente embodied integrity. ARod embodies the opposite.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      I do agree that it is about money.

      Would A-Rod get paid during his suspension? B/c I’ll bet you that the behind the scenes, the Yankees ownership is pushing the MLB to suspend him as long as possible…

  4. chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    why is there never an “integrity” clause in these kajillion dollar contracts? If your a douche and do douchy things your contract should be punished. Really?, guaranteed payment?!!?? All this saga has taught the youth is get a contract then you can do whatever you want and still get paid. I hope all sports teams learn from this. I put some of the blame on MLB and the Yankees. They both approved the contract. And if Mr. Rodriguez were standing if front of me I’d remind him of his wanting to be a role model comment and happily recite the definition of “integrity” to him and make sure he understands what exactly “integrity” means. There’s still a chance to do the right thing A-Chode….Douche…..

    • bigharold - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      “why is there never an “integrity””

      If they, the players, can get the owners to sign a 9 figure contract that is guaranteed, no matter how much your production falls off, .. how old you get, .. or even if you get hurt and can never play again, .. that you can’t be traded unless you agree, .. that gives the players the right to opt out in a few years if their market value goes up but makes the owner pay no matter how bad they suck what makes you think they have to agree to an integrity clause? Not to mention you’d have to explicitly list every action that could cause the “integrity” clause to be invoked. You could never leave it open to interpretation, or use vague adverbs like “douchy things” an expect it to mean anything.

      Besides, say whatever you want about A-Rod, or any other player, that for whatever reason doesn’t live up to the contract nobody is holding a gun to these guys heads when they hand out these lavish contracts that they later regret. Players are the product, nobody ever paid a nickle to see an owner do anything. Had the Yankees stuck to their guns and not resigned A-Rod after he opted out, he’d be some other team’s problem right now. Owners are supposed to be businessmen in their own right to begin with and yet that imbecile Hank Steinbrenner not only resigned A-Rod, .. he was bidding against nobody.

    • jwbiii - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      This is a part of the Uniform Player Contract:

      7.(b) The Club may terminate this contract upon written notice to the
      Player (but only after requesting and obtaining waivers of this contract
      from all other Major League Clubs) if the Player shall at any time:
      (1) fail, refuse or neglect to conform his personal conduct to the
      standards of good citizenship and good sportsmanship or to keep
      himself in first-class physical condition or to obey the Club’s training
      rules;

      and

      7.(c) If this contract is terminated by the Club, the Player shall be entitled
      to termination pay under the circumstances and in the amounts set
      forth in Article IX of the Basic Agreement. In addition, the Player shall
      be entitled to receive an amount equal to the reasonable traveling
      expenses of the Player, including first-class jet air fare and meals en
      route, to his home city.

      So the Yankees can release Rodriguez for being a bad citizen, but they still have to pay him.

      • notsoshook - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        The key word here is “terminate”, which my understanding of the English language means to end. aka no mo money.

      • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:57 AM

        Yes I know about this part of the contract. But, using it has never been attempted. There was a lot of talk that the Yankees were going to invoke it with Giambi and it went nowhere. My point is that if owners want to get serious about voiding contracts they need to do better than singling out “douchy things”.

  5. giant4life - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Craig,
    What happens to the money when a player is suspended for PED use? I realize the player forfeits his portion of the salary, so does the club keep it?….It seems a fair approach would be to give the money to the old timers pension fund to help those who played when ownership made the big money…At the same time it puts a financial burden on the team…those responsible for writing contracts and future contracts….and are more likely to monitor their players and educate the younger player in the systems…

    • Sign Ahead - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      I’m curious about this too.

      It sounds like A-Rod has misbehaved badly. If a suspension actually fits within the current rules and agreements, then I also think he’s earned it.

      But the Yankees, along with the rest of MLB, have enabled the sports’ PED problems for decades, and they’ve reaped some pretty substantial rewards. They aren’t A-Rod’s victims. They’re his accomplices. And their bad behavior should have consequences too.

    • bigharold - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      If a player is suspended he doesn’t get paid. He doesn’t forfeit anything as in having to return it. The team doesn’t have his service and they don’t pay for them.

      So Harold Steinbrenner is hoping for a life time ban.

  6. superjpaul55 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Look… Anybody of a certain age remembers how desperately MLB wanted to recover from the ’94 strike season. The ’94 strike totally destroyed the greatest pre-steroid-scandal HR race in baseball history… Matt Williams had 43, Griffey had 40, Bagwell had 39, Frank Thomas had 38, Bonds had 37. So it is only obvious that they, themselves, passively perpetuated the culture that would bring baseball to it’s commercial heights. However, with congressional pressure at the ready (going on year 10)? They better put some foots in asses.

    A-Rod has had a magnificent career. One that even though PED enhanced, has brought many thrills… And I enjoyed catching his highlights on Sportscenter… But with that said, he should bend over and spread his cheeks until the top of his ass crack rips. A rape for a rape.

    He’s probably looking at all of this season and all of next season… Or something similar to the situation Mike Vick faced when trying to return to the NFL (in terms of the amount of uncertainty he faced even after serving his jail time and suspension). But he earned it. At the same time, it’s hard to believe that he would get more time than Ryan Braun, who hasn’t even attempt to tell a half-truth in regards to his PED usage. Atleast A-Rod gave investigators something.

    I digress. If I’m A-Rod, I feel pretty good right now. I can spend all of the next couple of years playing in international leagues, juicing up, re-earning a love for the game, and counting the minimum $60 million he’s still going to larceny away from Brian Cashman… Slight pun-intended.

    • clemente2 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Yes, that’s Bonds there at 37 in that list, that couldn’t hit HRs until ’99 with PEDs guy….

      • howell00 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        Hey idiot. Bonds with 37 was a HR every 10.5 ABs. And that was at age 29.

        Starting after 1999, when Bonds was at least 6 years older, Bonds was well under 10 AB/HR until his career was all but wrapped up (in 2006). 258 home runs in 1642 ABs, or one HR every 6.4 ABs.

        So somehow a guy who never hit more than 1 HR every 10 ABs averages more than one per 6.5 ABs from age 35 to 40? Ridiculous.

        Plus I don’t think anyone on here is saying that Bonds was a bad player or couldn’t hit HRs. But the pure player he was in 1990 (30/50 with a .300 average) is, tragically, overshadowed by the monster he became – both personally and on the field.

      • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        another “stats” post……how many hat sizes have you grown in the last 10 years that your skull has stopped developing according to scientific records?…none? shocking

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      nice….and i raise you that everyone that uses PED’s should have the A-rod ripped…wait,I meant to say A-Hole…same difference….

      can anyone say “intergrity”?

      in·teg·ri·ty
      noun \in-ˈte-grə-tē\
      Definition of INTEGRITY
      1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
      2: an unimpaired condition : soundness
      3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

      I’m sure I could be a billionaire by now via shady practices but I chose to do the right thing…..and if you get paid to play a game then you are a role model…deal with it…for f’s sake, it only a 5th a 5th of your life you have to be in the public eye to get a paycheck more than some countries of the world make annually……poor A-CHODE….gonna get $60 million for being a douchebag..

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Yeah, you’re full of integrity with your wonderful choice of words. Stop playing the internet tough guy, you’re not impressing anyone.

      • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        sell out…get some integrity….i’m not saying A-rod didnt have God given talents and i enjoyed watching him play but lets face reality…he threw it all away to contractual obligations……..sounds like you’d throw your best mate under the bus to make a buck….

      • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        hey churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged ….i bet you have several skeletons on your closet and a big truck to compensate for your lack of integrity and small penis…..your defending making money over being a good human being….sux for you

      • cohnjusack - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        what…is with…your….constant use of….ellipsis

        Just…curious….is…. … … … …all

      • jwbiii - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        Probably a big Celine fan.

  7. bobinboston - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Whichever option ties millions and millions of Yankee money up in this guy, that’s the option I want.

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      lol…..nice!!!

    • bigharold - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      Then you want him to walk on all this?

      • jwbiii - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        Not me. If they have the documentation they say they do, then first offense, 50 games. See ya next season.

      • bigharold - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:00 AM

        “See ya next season.”

        I’m with you. No drama, no prolonged soap opera quick and to the point.
        If he’s as PED dependent as is being suggested than he’ll likely get caught in short order, .. strike two. We all knows what comes after that….

    • nekotman - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      The Yanks were the only MLB team to go to Va. Tech after the mass killings there. They played a game against their college team. Then they donated 1 milion dollars to the school. I attended Va. Tech many years ago. My intense dislike turned to great respect. So stop pissing and moaning about the Yanks.

  8. alan3008 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    The story says… “going all the way to baseball’s most severe sanction would be extreme for first-time discipline.”

    If that’s the case, why didn’t they give Pete Rose the same treatment? A suspension for so many days. It was his first-time as well, and Pete Rose NEVER cheated when he was a player. He bet on baseball after his playing days were over.

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      A-chode is this generations Pete Rose…..the scandal is affecting MLB’s revenue so MLB has to make a historical event out of it…..slight of hand….would you be shocked to know how much betting is still happening in baseball clubhouses? probably thought that issue was squashed, right? Just another broadway production to prevent dwindling income for MLB….no publicity is bad publicity……..if MLB is in bad taste with the public then they cant approve the obese contracts that they approve…..and then the masses wont show up to see the hype in person and baseball would go away…unless of course the government jumps in with another bail out…..wait, they will

      • superjpaul55 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        I disagree… There wasn’t a culture of betting on baseball (althought Pete Rose was definitely not hte only flagrant). This is like every other of Pete Rose’s betting piers getting a particular suspension, then Pete Rose getting life. So, although I’m not going to waste too much energy feeling sorry for A-Rod, but it wouldn’t be fair if he got a lifetime ban.

    • rathipon - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Pete Rose placed bets on MLB games while he was a manager. While he was in a position to actually influence the outcome of games. The Black Sox scandal in 1919 almost destroyed the game. Consequentially, betting on baseball was and still is an instant lifetime ban and everyone in the game knows it. Say what you want about the steroid era but there was still competition. The games were not fixed. An active player, coach, or manager betting on MLB games is far and away a greater concern than PED’s ever have been or ever will be.

      • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        good point…equall is equall…but either way bad for the evolution of respecting things…are we to teach our children that one can justify “wrong” doins’? if your 10 year old, all natural child, had to face a pitcher that is 7’7″ at that age would you question why? i’d hope so, and for the sake of why a 10 year old is 7’7″ and wasn’t diagnosed with “giant” genes?…i’m not about to go into the fact that evolution dictates the best of a bread….that’s another debate involving the science of evolution and ethics…..if there were steroids within the history of evolution i am sure that that the modern human would be quit different than what we see today…or are we there already?

  9. WACANHFL - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    A-Rod should be required to play at the end of this suspension and for however long he plays; those stats should be the only ones allowed in the record books. No asterisks just his PED free career stats.

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      yes….the reality of A_DOUCHBAG realizing how much he sucks will be hilarious to watch….all A-DBAG cares about are stats…..in 20 years that’s all he’ll talk about…..However, I would gladly eat these words with some mustard to see A-CHODE have that “ah-ha” moment….although I’d rather see him suffer because both the yankee-whore big brass AND A-FAKE would suffer…. believe everyone has a chance to make amends (dont cry wolf though bitches)….A-BITCH should totally hook up with lohan…….the baby douche they make would be cute and cry when they were given a pacifier that wasnt made from moon gold or some shit….

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        You mad, bro?

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        If you want to see the “ah-ha” moments, just look at his performance in league championship and world series games.

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      mad dedicated about having to teach my child right and wrong….i’d rather make minimum wage (especially playing baseball for a living) and be happy than to get paid than have a shit-load of money faking it…are you happy that a portion of your hard earned money to pay the ticket price goes to a cheaters salary? be happy with your talents and roll with them….or accept the fact that anyone can get a billion dollar contract with the aid of PED’s….i’m not your parent so i’m not judging you..sleep well

  10. officialgame - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I just want to see this disgrace to the game gone. Forever.

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      I want to see the disgrace gone forever buy addressing the bullshit, red tape, and loopholes in this conversation and contracts…..INTEGRITY…take your lumps M LB and set a new baseline….Pete Rose will be the next Cooperstown inductee because at this point gambling holds no weight against the PED discussion….the Cooperstown inductees this year were only\y inducted because the association has to induct somebody….next year will be 16+years players past due so the ball will keep rolling… induct nobody because professional sports records mean nothing anymore….wait, that might mean those that make mad cash might be affected…oh noooo, i might not be able to buy an island that i “relocated” the indigenous people that have no financial or territorial issues so i can shoe up 1 day every 10 years..oh nooooo, i make enough money per plate appearance that i cant’s spend in 20 lifetimes!!!!!! whaaaaaaa…..all professional sports are guilty…and speaking of wasting cash….whats up with all the holiday spending the white house partakes in…do we need 100 Christmas trees, menorahs, or festivus poles in one building on the taxpayer dime? I want leaders (not leasers) in the world, from birth to the president to open their fucking eyes….what would the 10 year old version of yourself do to the current version of yourself…kick your ass maybe?….evolution is a hell of a drug…..

  11. chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    in·teg·ri·ty
    noun \in-ˈte-grə-tē\
    Definition of INTEGRITY
    1
    : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
    2
    : an unimpaired condition : soundness
    3
    : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

  12. byjiminy - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I don’t care what happens to A-Rod, as long as the Yankees don’t get out of paying that salary!

    • Gamera the Brave - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      I don’t care what happens to A-Rod, as long as chaseingersoll stops posting to HBT!

  13. jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    ARod’s already made enough money for a couple of lifetimes. He may not be done with baseball, but baseball is done with him.

  14. dutchman1350 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I would have been first in line in the 1990s with PEDs, but after the crackdown….come on. Alex you screwed up…retire.

    Arod should claim addiction and then make it a disease like alcoholism then people may feel sorry for him.

  15. wpjohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    By the time Selig gets around to announcing anything all the players will be past retirement age. Get something done, Bud.

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      the silver lining is Bud will be dead too…but that doesn’t help the cause….

    • notsoshook - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      Bud Selig is the worst sports commissioner EVER! I think he was given the job in order to run baseball into the ground. Just as Gary Bettman was sent by David Stern to destroy the NHL. Now all we have to do is find out who is behind him.

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:32 AM

        You lost me. How does getting rid of cheaters run baseball into the ground?
        The people who ran the game into the ground are the cheaters, managers, team physicians (who actually knew which players were cheating) owners and players. Always kill the messenger.

  16. rick1k6 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Wow, if Arod’s suspended, this could possibly affect his wanting to be a role model.

    By the way, I hear Pete Rose has set the over/under at 150 games.

    Sounds like the Yankees are trying to get out from under that (self-inflicted) contract they gave Arod and Selig seems willing to help, assuming the check clears.

    • chaseingersoll - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      your post should be an instant reply to all other posts…lol

  17. tomtravis76 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Is there language in A-Rods contract that says the Yankees have to have him on the big league roster if healthy? Could they essentially keep in minor league ball, paying him his full salary, post suspension?

    • jwbiii - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      They could outright him. Given his salary and reasonable concerns about his health, I think he would clear waivers.

  18. smackingfools - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Did I miss where he failed a drug test??

  19. mrznyc - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Here’s something a little different. There is someone at virtually any gym in America who will find you a steroid connection in a matter of minutes. What was the reason these guys all went to Biogenesis? – Obviously Tony had some sort of magic formula that MLB’s testing didn’t turn up or all these guys would have tested positive. I’m sure one of the things Bud got out of Mr. Bosch was the magic formula or masking agent. I don’t know how long MLB keeps those urine samples, but isn’t it possible that they went back, now knowing what they’re looking for and found the evidence? I find it odd that Ryan Braun would cough up millions of dollars on the say so of some South Florida drug dealer. No matter how all this turns out, it would be interesting to find out why MLB couldn’t get a positive test when all these guys were obviously using. Just sayin’. Another curious thing; How is it that the biggest sports story of this or most years winds up in a supermarket throw away? Seems if you had something like this any major news outlet would kill to get their hands on it. Why the Miani New Times? Odd, very odd.

    • jwbiii - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      The Biogenesis clients who failed tests and were suspended, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Yasmani Grandal, all failed for for elevated testosterone/epitestosterone ratio and the subsequent carbon isotope ratio tests. Ryan Braun’s failed test in 2011 was for the same thing, although that was before Biogenesis was open for business. I assume that Braun had a relationship with Anthony Bosch before Biogenesis. The T/E ratio test is a pretty simple one, not some mad scientist stuff that Victor Conte and his associates were cooking up at BALCO.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      Study biochemistry for 20 years and get back to me. Convicts and paroles have been getting clean drug testing for years using masking chemicals and designer drugs that normal drug testing can’t pick up. Just do some research on the net.
      The DEA is fighting a losing battle for testing for designer drugs.
      Several anabolic steroids, prosteroids, and precursor steroids are not yet classified as controlled substances, and are undetectable by current doping tests.
      Several oral drugs, including anabolic steroids, are no longer than a few days or weeks traceable by current doping tests. Insulin disappears already a couple of hours after administration.
      Epi-testosteron is used to mask the use of exogenous testosterone.
      Adding certain chemicals to a urine or blood sample can cause a false negative doping test.
      Oral masking drugs are taken to hide traces of doping products in the urine.
      Urine samples can be diluted to make doping traces undetectable by drinking lots of water or using diuretics.
      Using small amounts of many different drugs can keep the level of each individual drug low enough in the test sample to remain undetectable.
      A very effective method that athletes use during doping tests is to give a clean urine sample instead of their own fresh urine sample. This clean urine can come from a donor, or can be prepared from powdered urine, which can be self-made or even bought on the internet. The clean urine is usually concealed in a container or can be injected into the athlete’s bladder directly via a needle or via a catheter through the urethra.
      Instead of playing dumb how cheats can successfully and constantly show negative drug tests read some information about avoid testing positive.
      Cheating on steroids and PEDs is similar to criminals who get away with crimes 90% of the time. Every once in a while, they make a mistake and get caught.
      In horse racing, every horse that finishes in the top three at the major tracks automatically is tested for drugs. Should all players who hit home runs, have a high batting average or have good era’s be tested after every game?
      Or should all major league players be tested every day?

  20. rick1k6 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Arod, just go with the current trend; say you were duped. And please, Bud, enough with the integrity thing. Far as I’m concerned, when the designated hitter came into being, integrity became a moot point. You probably wear loafers because, much like a certain All Star game, you can’t untie shoes either.

  21. tork006 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    A-Roid has been using steroids his whole career, Bonds is just a hemorrhoid.

  22. yoonyoungjo - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Nice! Maybe people with begin respecting baseball again and start coming back to the ball park.

  23. hgfrombc2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Would this be a Steve Howe-type lifetime suspension/ban, or a real one?

  24. retief1954 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Whatever. Just as long as NYY has to keep payin’ him his $27 mil every year. A-Rod is NYY’s version of the Curse of the Bambino. Couldn’t be happier to see them have to sleep in the bed they made for themselves.

  25. florida727 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I’m not an A-Rod or Yankees fan, but who the hell is Bud Selig to determine whether or not a guy can earn a living playing baseball. Selig is out of control. I hope A-Rod sues him personally and baseball collectively for his right to work. Screw Selig.

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