SI.com is reporting that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, the year he won American League MVP as a Texas Ranger, hitting 47 home runs. Though he’s been criticized as a diva in the locker room, A-Rod had thus far been able to avoid involvement in the steroid scandal plaguing Major League Baseball. But in 2003, when the league was struggling with how best to handle the issue, it conducted “survey testing” to determine the extent of use of performance enhancing drugs. Rodriguez’ name appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive. At the time, there were no penalties for the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the majors. A-Rod, who signed with the Yankees in 2004, has always been known as one of the most dedicated athletes in the gym. Now Rodriguez, who is expected to one day usurp Barry Bonds as all time home run king, may also take the slugger’s title as most famous steroid user.
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