Alex Rodriguez has always been a lightning rod for controversy, on and off the field. After years of denial, the Miami Herald reported that the disgraced New York Yankees third baseman finally admitted to taking steroids and other performance enhancing drugs while playing for the Bronx Bombers from 2010 through 2012.
Rodriguez’s unsurprising admission to federal investigators came last January (2014) when he testified about his supplier, fake doctor Anthony Bosch, and Bosch’s Miami-based clinic, Biogenesis.
In addition, legal documents reveal Rodriguez paid his cousin Yuri Sucrat about $900,000 to keep quiet about his PED usage.
Back in 2009, Rodriguez held a press conference to admit he took steroids and other drugs while with Texas (A-Rod played for the Rangers from 2001 to 2003) with help from Sucrat. He swore then that he had not taken PEDs during his New York tenure.
A-Rod sat out all of 2014 after he was suspended for his connections to Biogenisis. He never publicly admitted to taking PEDs as a Yankee, he never failed a drug test as a Yankee and until this latest revelation he never testified he was using during the New York years.
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Rodriguez’s Yankee years have been turbulent. Back in 2004, the Yankees traded for the star shortstop in a blockbuster deal. He agreed to play third base, since Derek Jeter was already well established at A-Rod’s natural position.
Rodriguez played well for the Yankees, hitting 309 home runs, driving in 979 RBI’s, hitting for a .300 average with a .384 on base percentage and a .558 slugging percentage. Rodriguez also won the 2005 and 2007 AL MVP awards with the Yankees. But his stormy divorce and famous girlfriends have been fodder for the New York tabloids. Many expected his postseason play would be better than it has been and the PED rumors have dogged him for years.
When Rodriguez made his debut with the Seattle Mariners, many predicted he’d be the best player in baseball. Rodriguez lived up to the hype and in 2001 the Texas Rangers offered A-Rod, a free agent, the largest contract in the history of baseball to come play for them at 10 years $252 million. Three years later he was traded in a blockbuster deal with the New York Yankees. After his MVP season in 2007, A-Rod opted out of his contract and signed a new deal with New York for 10 years $275 million.
This latest article in the Miami Herald does not spare any of the gory details. According the Rodriguez’s testimony, the 40-year-old third baseman took various injections in multiple body parts, including his stomach and butt, on different occasions, including once at a nightclub. Details become even crazier.
According to the New York Daily News, an irate Rodriguez urinated on his cousin’s rug and called him the N word, says Yuri Sucrat’s (the infamous cousin involved) wife Carmen. The incident supposedly occurred back in 2012 after the Sucrats refused to sign a confidentiality agreement about Rodriguez’s steroid usage. When Rodriguez first confessed back in ‘09, Major League Baseball banned Sucrat from all its affiliates clubhouses and training facilities. But Rodriguez promised Sucrat he would personally employ him. Things obviously soured between the two.
Despite these crazy new revelations, do not expect more punishment from MLB. Rodriguez served a season long suspension in 2014 for his connection to Biogenesis (the suspension was actually reduced from it’s original length of 211 games). This will be a big distraction for A-Rod and the Yankees as they gear up for the 2015 season. With 3 years and $61M left on his contract and at 40 years old, the Yankees will be hard pressed to find anyone willing to take on the headache that is Alex Rodriguez.