Heading For The Hall Of Shame?
Is Alex Rodriguez on a quick path to the Hall of Shame where he might be welcomed in by Lance Armstrong?
Less than two weeks after Armstrong finally admitted to what most had speculated for years that he used illegal drugs throughout his cycling career, the Yankees superstar is smack in the middle of another drug scandal.
A weekly newspaper in Miami reported yesterday on its website that Rodriguez is one of several players listed in the records of a now-closed clinic as having purchased HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs between 2009-12. The other players named included Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez and baseball officials said they have now begun their own investigation into the matter.
The Miami New Times has posted copies of what it claims are handwritten records from Anthony Bosch who ran an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables which is near Rodriguez’s offseason home. The Yankees third baseman appears 16 times in the documents which the newspaper obtained from a former employee either under his name or an alias has having done business with Bosch, who through his attorney denied any association with “A Rod” or the other named players.
Rodriguez is obviously taking this very seriously as he hired Roy Black, a high-powered Miami attorney and through his new public relations firm issued a statement denying any of these latest drug allegations. Remember that Rodriguez admitted taking steroids between 2001-03 but has emphatically claimed to have been clean since and if there is any truth to this new story his baseball future could be very much up in the air.
The 37-year old three-time American League MVP is recovering from hip surgery and not due back until around the All-Star break. If Major League Baseball determines that he took any illegal drugs he would be facing a 50-game suspension as a first-time offender.
These latest allegations present problems for the Yankees, who still owe Rodriguez $114 million over the next five years. He is clearly a player on the decline and with the injury and now new drug charges they would love to get out of that contract but that won’t be easy.
Meanwhile “A Rod’s” legacy could be damaged beyond repair and so could his chances of entering the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. That is without paying for a ticket.