According to an SI.com article by Selena Roberts and David Epstein, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids during his MVP 2003 season.
The positive test was for a testosterone and anabolic steroid called Primobolan. It is an injected or orally administered drug that improves strength and cuts down on bulky muscle build up and maintains lean muscle.
His name appeared, along with over 100 other players, on MLB's 2003 survey according to the article. The list, which was sealed from all players and owners, was obviously leaked. The results of the tests and the names on the list were only supposed to be viewable by a small group of court members.
The source of the leak has not been identified, so Rodriguez's legal ramifications are in a holding pattern as of now. Similar to trying to find the light switch in a pitch black room, you know it's there but can't find it.
While no comment has been issued by Yankees GM Brian Cashman and no response from Rodriguez himself, the slugger has obviously taken a huge hit in his legacy in the game.
As a fan of the game of baseball, I have to say that while many of my favorite players are associated with this era, I'm still shocked by this news. There were whispers by Jose Canseco in his books and by rivals who hated the Yankees, but it was all hear say.
This isn't Barry Bonds we are talking about, it's one of the faces in Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez, whether vilified or adored, will now have to face a myriad of questions during spring training and throughout the season.
Whether the allegations prove to be true or not, it has been proven time and again that sports writers will not vote for players remotely accused of using performance-enhancing drugs into the Hall of Fame.
According to many sports writers and journalists, steroid usage had grown exponentially during the early 2000's. While Rodriguez and Bonds are now the most prominent faces attached to this steroid era, more names are certainly bound to be leaked.
As an avid fan of Cardinals nation, I have to say that I cannot put my own beloved Albert Pujols above suspicion. His breakout years put him squarely into the years where steroids where at their peak.
Maybe it's paranoia but I believe that no one player, no matter how prominent, is safe when it comes to suspicion about using steroids or HGH.