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The A-Rod Story: Rodriguez, Boras Planning Response To SI Report
Published February 9, 2009
|Boras Helping A-Rod Prepare
Response To SI Report
THE REPORT: SI's Roberts & Epstein cited four sources as saying that Rodriguez in '03 "tested positive for two anabolic steroids," as his name "appears on a list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs" in MLB's survey testing. As part of a joint agreement with the MLBPA, the testing was "conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing" across MLB in '04. Rodriguez Thursday declined to discuss the test results and said, "You'll have to talk to the union." MLB Exec VP/Labor Relations Rob Manfred Saturday in a statement said because the '03 survey testing was "intended to be non-disciplinary and anonymous, we can not make any comment on the accuracy of this report as it pertains to the player named." Meanwhile, three MLBers said that Rodriguez in early September '04 was tipped by MLBPA COO Gene Orza that he "would be tested later that month." Rodriguez declined to comment on whether Orza warned him. Orza Friday said of the tipping allegations, "I'm not interested in discussing this information with you" (SI.com, 2/7).
STILL ON FOR UM FUNCTION: In New Jersey, Pete Caldera notes while there is "no word about when Rodriguez might speak” publicly for the first time since the report surfaced, the Univ. of Miami (UM) is scheduled to honor Rodriguez Friday at a "dinner to rededicate its baseball field, Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park." Rodriguez donated $3.9M to the school for the project. An associate of Rodriguez said that he "still planned to attend the event," and a UM spokesperson said that the event "would go on as scheduled" (Bergen RECORD, 2/9). In N.Y., Joshua Robinson writes because the UM event is a fundraiser that "depends heavily on Rodriguez's popularity and charisma, the dedication could turn into an early gauge of how much his image will suffer." The UM athletic department charged guests $75 each and $1,000 to sponsor a table at the dinner (N.Y. TIMES, 2/9).