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The Alex Rodriguez Story

3:45:00 AM Dhanur Chauhan 0 Comments

Alex Rodriguez has been in the limelight all through his sporting career because of his illustrious record and sporting achievements. Rodriguez was one of the sport's most highly touted prospects and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Off late he has come under the scanner for all the wrong reasons. He was found to have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

In February 2009, after previously denying use of performance-enhancing drugs, including during a 2007 interview with Katie Couric on 60 Minutes, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, saying he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for Rangers due to "an enormous amount of pressure" to perform.
For readers who are not aware, steroids are banned for sports persons and athletes who engage in competitive sports. The tests revealed that Rodriguez used synthetic testosterone. This came after the player had recorded impressive performance for his team, the Texas Rangers.With more than five percent of the samples taken from players in 2003 coming back positive, mandatory testing of major league baseball players began in 2004, with penalties for violations.

The 2003 test results were supposed to remain anonymous and the samples destroyed. He never knew that his name was in the list of those who were identified. Rodriguez said he was never told that he was among the 104 players who tested positive, only that a tip came in August 2004 from Gene Orza of the MLBPA that he "may or may not have" failed his 2003 test.

Eventually he came out confessing to have used steroids and deeply regretting the same. Although he is said to be one of the best players in the history of baseball, the Biogenesis scandal undermined his Hall of Fame chances. Due to his immense popularity and contribution to the game, there is still huge number of fans who believes that he still deserves a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The outbreak of this news brought to the open a scandal that had been going on in the baseball league for a period. It emerged that a good number of major league players were using performance enhancers. Their main supplier of steroids was a man by the name Anthony Bosch. He was a sports doctor as well as founder and owner of Biogenesis of America. This was a rejuvenation clinic that he used to supply performance enhancing drugs to major league players.

The revelation of the scandal and the court cases that followed, lead to Anthony Bosch serving four years in jail. On the other hand, as Rodriguez used synthetic testosterone, he was suspended for the remainder of the 2014 season although he later appealed the decision. After some time, he withdrew the appeal.Testosterone, an androgenic hormone, responsible for the development of muscle tissue, enhancing strength and promoting bone density was detected in his body.

Also he was found to have used Primobolan, which is a popular oral anabolic steroid that is popular among athletes and sportsmen. The drug results in a boost in strength, power and speed, all of which contribute to successful performance on the field. Rodriguez also reportedly received HGH from Biogenesis as well.

The story of Alex Rodriguez steroids use and his biography should act as a deterrent to future generations who might be lured into using performance enhancing drugs.

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