Say it ain’t so, A-Rod!

Published 9:21 pm Saturday, February 7, 2009

Surprise, surprise. A-Rod used steroids. Yes, the golden boy who garners as much attention as anyone in Major League Baseball has been accused of testing positive for steroids in 2003, which happened to be a year that his statistics flew off the charts compared to previous years. It also was the year that led to his acquisition by the dynasty of all baseball dynasties, the New York Yankees.

Being an avid baseball fan, I’m sort of perplexed as to why this is even a big deal anymore. There’s no doubt in my mind, nor in the minds of probably millions of other fans, that most every baseball player has tampered with some sort of illegal drugs, usually steroids.

Considering that a baseball player’s compensation is tied directly to his performance, it’s difficult to believe the players were not trying to gain any type of edge against their competition, especially when MLB wasn’t even taking steroids seriously.

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Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Rafael Palmero are just a few of the top name superstars who will forever be linked to steroids. McGuire is facing the grim reality of not getting inducted into the hall of fame for the mere belief that he was “juiced” on his way to hitting 70-plus home runs in what had to be the most memorable baseball season of my lifetime. Regardless of his guilt, most Hall of Fame voters have declared they never want to see his name enshrined in the same halls as players who have much lesser resumes.

Bonds, not yet on the ballot, is another player who will take a lot of heat when it comes time to vote. Sure, he has the record for the most home runs by any player who has ever stepped onto the baseball field, but did he break records by cheating?

Baseball would be better off without steroids, but they are going to have to get more serious about their testing policies. They also need to create a policy about past players and their records, if they are found guilty of juicing. One of the reasons these stories stay in the limelight is that no one knows how to deal with them, because there’s a lack of guidance by MLB.

For its part, Congress should keep its eye on more important issues than worrying about baseball players. Maybe if congressmen didn’t spend all their time hearing testimony from baseball elites, they could have spent more time creating jobs.