Alex Rodriguez: A-Roid Or A-Fraud? Take Your Pick

Charles PennContributor IFebruary 9, 2009

The biggest face in baseball right now probably made the biggest error of his career. Alex Rodriguez is on pace to break Barry Bonds All-Time home run record. He is currently 12th on the list and leads all active players in career home runs with 533. He signed the largest contract in MLB History, a 10-year $275 million dollar deal without the help of his agent Scott Boras. Heading into the spring training offseason he already declared that he was going to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

A-Rod already has a history of not coming through in the postseason throughout his career. A big monkey that he still carries to this day and now he could be carrying the biggest monkey he will ever carry in his career. On February 7, according to an SI (Sports Illustrated) report, A-Rod tested positive for steroids in 2003 during a MLB survey to see if it was necessary to do mandatory drug testing.

The survey information reportedly was supposed to have been confidential, but apparently somebody played the "snitch" role and exposed A-Rod as possibly a "cheater" in this steroid era. There are many big names that have been under speculation for using steroids such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Roger Clemens.

A-Rod was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in most people's eyes before this incident, but his legacy could be tarnished if the reports are true. Since 2003, he has tested negative for every steroid test. Here is the more interesting part of this story. According to the MLBPA, the information was supposed to be sealed under court orders and that they are not supposed to deny or confirm allegations of any test results for the 2003 survey. Anybody who gives out this information might be in violation of those court orders.

This makes me wonder if the MLBPA was trying to save baseball when Commissioner Bud Selig decided to have the steroids investigation among some of the great players that are retired or currently in the league. This will be a more interesting development if all of the 104 names that tested positive for steroids will be released to the public. All of the records, stats, world series titles, and all-star game appearances that some of the big names have produced could be a fraud to all of sports.

Baseball is on the brink of being a "past-time" if more big names are involved with the use of steroids. If this happens, does this era of baseball really exist? Will half of the records have asterisks? In a few more years, will baseball even be a sport anymore? A-Rod could have possibly ruined one of the greatest sports in history.