A-Rod tested negative for banned substances in recent screening

The Yankees are officially* the Evil Empire
Open Thread: 2/23 Camp Notes

Via Steven Marcus: Alex Rodriguez tested negative for performance-enhancing drugs in a recent MLB-mandated screening. MLB tested Gio Gonzalez — both blood and urine — two days after he was connected to the South Florida clinic Biogenesis, and I assume A-Rod went through the same thing. They probably ordered everyone in the report to be tested as soon as possible. MLB is still investigating Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, the players, all of that stuff.

The Yankees are officially* the Evil Empire
Open Thread: 2/23 Camp Notes
  • Eddard: Back and better than never

    That doesn’t mean anything, just that A-Rod isn’t as big an idiot as Manny or Bartolo which isn’t saying much. The Yankees would be much better off just putting an end to this charade. It would send a big message throughout the clubhouse, similar to what the World Series winning Giants did last year with Melky.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Melky actually failed a test.

      • Alkaline


    • jjyank

      Passing a test doesn’t mean anything? His name being written in a book means more?


    • Bob Buttons

      Books are fer yellowbellies

    • Life

      Yes. $114M message.

      Grow up.

  • RobA

    What would that message be exactly? “We believe our players are guilty until proven innocent and we will bow to public pressure and pjnish them based on rumours and conjecture, even if they have evidence (in the form of passed drug tests) that suggest their innocence”?

    Yeah, they shoukd get rid on that.

    • Laz

      Agree. Who even knows how much credibility this report has so far. Him testing positive is way different than his name being written in a ledger that says he allegedly bought the drugs.

      • Patricia

        Better grammar is “his testing positive”

        • vicki

          disregard for the possessive gerund is the least of evils in the comments section of a baseball blog. unsolicited grammar instruction, for example, would be just as objectionable.

        • Havok9120

          Wait, you not only chose to be a grammar Nazi, you did it to Laz and not the guy he was responding to? I mean, look at that thing. You could have quadrupled your fun.

    • Steve

      If multiple reports are to be believed, that’s exactly what they have already done in trying to void his contract. Would you be screaming for due process if they got themselves out from under that albatross?

  • Rhanebaeux Dix

    pictures or it didnt happen

  • trr

    “Biogenesis Clinic….You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy”

    • pablos “peter parker special” samwich

      “Biogenesis Clinic….You will never find a more lively hive of hippys and rainbows”

      • jjyank

        Sounds like where I went to college.

  • Jonathan

    So I’m not saying I think this happened and that ARod isn’t possibly using something that isn’t even tested for or detectable by MLB’s testing but if you were selling illegal PED’s to athletes in Miami, wouldn’t a great plan be to put a bunch of the top athletes from that area along with some others in your ledger so if/when you got caught you could at least have something to bargain with that might get you a lesser deal for giving up some high profile guys? It’d be unlikely and shady but if you’ve ever watched ID that’s pretty much what criminals do. As soon as they’re busted they cash in all they know about something juicier than what they’ve been caught for to get a plea deal. Like I said, doubt this is the case but that’d be a pretty solid plan. But you’d think if a guy was smart enough to do that he wouldn’t keep a f-ing ledger of all the illegal stuff he sold. At least BALCO used initials.

    • Pasqua

      But it looks like the ledger itself is the thing that exposed the clinic in the first place, so that type of thinking would be kind of illogical on Bosch’s part; equivalent to creating proof of wrongdoing in order to avoid penalty for wrongdoing. (Unless I’m missing an important detail.)

    • Gonzo

      A couple things. The DEA isn’t really showing a lot of interest or zeal in this case. MLB doesn’t have subpoena power, so he really hasn’t had to bargain anything about the drugs. He is a guy that pretended to be a world renowned doctor when he was not even licensed in any medical capacity in FL. He was a guy that tried to start a business to sell these drugs online. I wouldn’t paint him as a master criminal.

      Unless the US Government pursues this case, he really doesn’t have to say squat.

      Also, I know people around these parts like to think it’s all just a ledger, but journalists didn’t go to print with just a ledger.

  • Gonzo

    So is it safe to assume everyone on that list passed a test?

  • Chuck

    Melky is a rat. Turned arod in for sure.

    • Gonzo

      Melky “The Bull” Cabrera
      Melky “Mel Cargo” Cabrera

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “You dirty rat. You killed my 189.” – James Cagney

  • Gil

    He would have to be totally stupid to flunk a test these days. I don’t have any use for him. I think he is a cancer to the Yankees. He’s sullied the game a lot. But, I think he either has enough native intelligence not to get caught now. Or tha $20mil/year buys some good advisors looking out for him now.

    • trr

      I don’t know…he never struck me as particulary bright. Maybe he just doesn’t care anymore

    • vicki

      true. one losing season after another since he’s anchored the lineup. goddam cancer.

      and the worst part is he doesn’t mentor the younger guys or anything.

  • Rational person

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Alex is a great player who negotiated a contract that both sides agreed to.y bet is that he will come back and do well. He is not stupid and he is quite talented. The Yankees agreed to the amoun of his contract and I assume they knew the possible downside as he ages. So, I for one, am in his corner. The fans will cheer if he does well and I am sure that he could pull a Derrick Jeter and come back from the ” junk pile”.

  • Your Mother

    Marcus link is busted. Did he retract it?

  • Jason
  • http://none.com Favrest

    That is such bs. Arod is guilty. If you’re innocent, you’re not hiding from the media, or anyone for that matter. He needs to be put down.

    • Havok9120

      What does your last sentence even mean?

      And of course you’d be hiding from the media if you were innocent; they are, collectively, the most cynical group of people on the planet, they’ve mostly never liked the guy, and their readers not only don’t like ARod to begin with but can’t seem to read enough about how crummy a person he is. I’d guess you know a lot about that attitude.

  • Gotham City’s Mayor

    These bums love to hate on a multi millionare baseball player. Scumbags..

  • Bavarian Yankee

    that really doesn’t mean anything. And I’m not talking about A-Rod, I’m talking about every player. It’s been confirmed several times that after a few hours you can’t prove if a player used PEDs these days. So testing for banned substances is pretty useless. I’m actually surprised how many people get caught, that only shows you that the actual number of dopers has to be gigantic. Plus there are so many things like blood transfusions that MLB can’t prove anyway because MLB players aren’t required to have biological passports like in cycling or other sports.

    I think MLB should copy WADA’s drug testing, biological passports etc. It’s still not perfect, not even close, but it’s lightyears ahead of what MLB, NFL etc. are doing right now. MLB almost promotes doping. I mean it’s nearly impossible to get caught and even if you get caught 3 times you only sit out 1 season.
    In other sports you’re be banned for 2 years for the 1st violation and for life for the 2nd violation. MLB seriously has to step up their anti-drug program and punish violations WAY harder. Like I’ve said before teams should also be able to opt out of contracts if a player gets caught.

  • Go Yankees

    Funny thing, Gio Gonzalez tested negative and it was all over the news. ARod tests negative, you do not hear a peep from the ‘unbiased’ sports media guys. If they show that he tested negative, then they cannot bash the guy at every turn.