Last updated on: 8/8/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Feb. 7, 2009 – NY Yankees’ Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Tested Positive for Steroids in 2003

On Feb. 7, 2009, Sports Illustrated breaks the story that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids in the 2003 drug testing conducted by Major League Baseball to determine if drug testing and penalties should be implemented in the sport. The results of the tests were supposed to be anonymous and players who tested positive were not to be penalized, but the federal government obtained the results during the BALCO investigation. 104 players tested positive but only Rodriguez’s name is leaked.

On Feb. 9, 2009, Rodriguez admits in an interview with ESPN that he took “banned substances” during the 2001-2003 seasons. Rodriguez tested positive for testosterone and Primobolan, an anabolic steroid.