major league baseball performance-enhancing drug scandals — A-Rod is 38 yrs. old — a hypothetical lifetime ban won’t impact him now — but it will determine how history will verdict him — A-Rod can’t do a make-up/redemptive new career start — he’s too old to do so!

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Alex Rodriguez batting in 2007

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_rod#Use_of_performance-enhancing_drugs

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AlexRodriguez (born July 27, 1975) nicknamed “A-Rod” is an American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez was one of the most prodigious young players scouts had ever seen and is now considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.    However, Rodriguez has led a highly controversial career due to his expensive contracts and his admission of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting Babe Ruth‘s record by over a year. Rodriguez has 14 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other player in history. On September 24, 2010, Rodriguez hit two home runs, surpassing Sammy Sosa‘s mark of 609 home runs, and became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent.

In December 2007, Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract. This contract was the richest contract in baseball history (breaking his previous record of $252 million).    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 the Texas Rangers due to “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform.

Rodriguez is currently a major subject of the 2013 Biogenesis scandal.

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Alex Rodriguez reportedly received human growth hormone (HGH) from Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida.    Although the standard punishment for a first offense under MLB’s drug policy is 50 games, MLB has the option of suspending a player longer under the collective bargaining agreement if it determines his actions constitute conduct detrimental to baseball.    A deadline has been set for Rodrigez to reach an agreement with MLB by August 4, 2013 regarding any suspension or greater punishment with an official announcement from the commissioner’s office on August 5.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogenesis_baseball_scandal

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In 2013, 20 Major League Baseball (MLB) players were accused of obtaining performance-enhancing drugs, specifically HGH, from the now-defunct rejuvenation clinic Biogenesis of America.   An ex-employee annoyed over back-pay[2] revealed clinic records that were “clear in describing the firm’s real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs.”   In March 2013, MLB sued six people connected to the clinic, accusing them of damaging the sport by providing banned substances to its players.

On July 22, 2013, MLB suspended Milwaukee Brewers player Ryan Braun for the remainder of the 2013 season (65 games and the postseason) for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. Braun, who will lose $3.25 million as a result, did not appeal the suspension. ESPN reported that Braun decided to “strike a deal” with MLB after being presented with the evidence against him. Suspensions against other players could be announced in the future.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Report#Drug_Testing_after_the_Mitchell_Report

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After George Mitchell’s report came out MLB in 2008 markedly increased testing and punishments. Now baseball tests unannounced twice a year for all players and random testing still occurs for selective players. MLB also tests for more substances. They test for seven different kinds of abusive drugs, 47 different kinds of steroids and thirty different kinds of stimulants. One of the 47 different kinds of steroids is Human Growth Hormone, known as HGH. HGH is a substance popular amongst the league that was never tested for before the Mitchell Report because no reliable test existed. Along with the increase of substances tested for came an increase in suspensions without pay. The first positive test now results in a fifty game suspension, the second is one hundred games, and the third positive now results in a lifetime suspension from the MLB.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_bonds#Perjury_investigation_and_federal_indictment

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In 2007, Barry Bonds was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to the grand jury during the government’s investigation of BALCO, by testifying that he never knowingly took any illegal steroids. The trial began March 21, 2011;    he was convicted on April 13, 2011 on the obstruction of justice charge.  It’s on appeal.

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