PED scandal further damages A-Roid’s rep

Alex Rodriguez is once again making big news in the media and, like many times as of late, it’s not for his play on the baseball field. A-Rod, or “A-Roid,” as many baseball fans like to call him, is again being accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.

The Miami New Times published an article last Tuesday that mentioned a list of players and possible connections to PEDs. Major League Baseball is looking to acquire these documents and further investigate whether disciplinary actions should be taken on those mentioned.

Rodriguez combines poor play with drug scandal. (AP Photo)

Rodriquez, who admitted to using such drugs between the years 2001 and 2003, when he was with the Texas Rangers, has been on a steady decline over the past few seasons. After hitting 30 home runs and driving in 125 runs in 2010, the former three-time AL MVP combined for just 32 home runs and 119 runs batted in the following two seasons. These mediocre regular seasons were followed by a dismal playoff performance this past October, where he hit .111 before being benched.

The pressure on Rodriguez to return to his old form may have been reason for him to turn to these drugs, and is at least enough reason for people to ask questions. A-Rod has yet to comment on the allegations.

Other big name players in the Miami New Times report were last year’s NL Cy Young runner-up Gio Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals, and 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun from the Milwaukee Brewers. Although Rodriguez, Gonzalez and Braun have never been linked together in the Major Leagues, all three players have major connections with the University of Miami and the Hurricane baseball program.

Rodriguez grew up in Miami, and donated over $3 million to rebuild the University of Miami’s baseball complex. Gio Gonzalez works with a strength and conditioning coach at the university in his offseasons. Ryan Braun played college baseball at Miami, and has always remained close with the program. Some believe the players were receiving the drugs at the athletic facilities of the university.

Major League Baseball is looking into the report and requesting documents from the Miami New Times. Though the Times has been cooperating with MLB officials, they have yet to decide whether or not they will provide them with the specific pages they are looking for. Until further investigation is completed, the players mentioned will not receive any penalty from the league, and will have to continue working on their potentially damaged reputation.