Somebody leaked a report over the weekend that Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, the same year that he won the MVP with the Texas Rangers. A report citing unnamed sources featured a list of 104 players who tested positive for steroids in 2003. I would have said “failed” the steriod test, but if they tested positive, wouldn’t that actually be passing?
As part of a joint agreement with the MLB Players Association, the testing was conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing across the major leagues in 2004.
When approached by an SI reporter on Thursday at a gym in Miami, Rodriguez declined to discuss his 2003 test results.
MLB is claiming that those testing results were part of a series of “survey tests” and those offenders were not meant to be identified publicly.
Because the survey testing that took place in 2003 was intended to be non-disciplinary and anonymous, we can not make any comment on the accuracy of this report as it pertains to the player named.
A-Rod tested positive for testosterone and something called Primobolan, which has side effects including a proclivity to date chicks that look like dudes.