National Pastime Archive: February 2009


  • A-Rod comes clean. Now what?

    Unlike Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez decided to come clean and apologize. Just two days after Sports Illustrated reported that he had tested positive for two anabolic steroids in 2003, the three-time MVP admitted Monday in an interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons that he used performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers. He's given the public and the media what they had demanded from him: an admission and an apology. So where do we go from here? Published February 10 2009

  • The curious case of Andruw Jones

    The Rangers signed Andruw Jones to a minor league deal on Sunday that will pay him $500,000 if he makes the team and also includes $1 million in potential incentives. In case you were wondering, yes, that is the same Andruw Jones who played in five All-Star games, won 10 Gold Gloves and once hit 51 home runs in a single season for the Braves. The same guy who inked a two-year, $36 million deal with the Dodgers last offseason. Signing a minor league deal. With the Rangers. Wow. Published February 9 2009

  • If I were Alex Rodriguez ...

    "Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon, and thank you for being here. This is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do, so please bear with me. I called this press conference because I wanted to come clean and take full responsibility for my actions. Unfortunately, what you've heard about me is true; I did make the mistake of using steroids several years ago when I was with the Texas Rangers. In doing so, I cheated myself, my friends, my family, the fans, and all the great players who have ever played this game. I'd do anything in the world to undo this regrettable decision, but I can't, and I'm sorry for letting all of you down..." Published February 8 2009

  • A-Rod revelation extends Steroid Era

    Sports Illustrated, citing "four sources," reported Saturday that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids during his MVP season of 2003. When confronted with the allegations by a reporter on Thursday, A-Rod reportedly replied, "You'll have to talk to the union. I'm not saying anything," which translates roughly to "I'm not here to talk about the past." Now, rather than going down as the hero who carried baseball past the Steroid Era, he'll be remembered as the goat who prolonged it. Published February 7 2009

  • Nats need patience, not Adam Dunn

    Nats fans, still very much on the rebound after being left at the altar by Mark Teixeira, are openly enamored with their new crush. Supporters of the D.C. Nine are desperate for something to get excited about after a 59-102 disaster in 2008, and there's a lot to like about Dunn, who is reportedly seeking a four-year, $56 million deal. But while signing him might appease a restless fan base, it would be a shortsighted move. Published February 4 2009

  • Nationals need patience, not Adam Dunn

    Nats fans, still very much on the rebound after being left at the altar by Mark Teixeira, are openly enamored with their new crush. Supporters of the D.C. Nine are desperate for something to get excited about after a 59-102 disaster of a season in 2008, and there's a lot to like about Dunn, who is reportedly seeking a four-year, $56 million deal. But while signing him might temporarily appease a restless fan base, it would be a shortsighted move. Published February 4 2009

  • Wigginton gives Orioles options

    The Orioles have reportedly made their second roster move in the past 24 hours, inking utilityman Ty Wigginton to a two-year, $6 million deal. Versatile in the field, powerful at the plate and good in the clubhouse, the 31-year-old former Met, Pirate, Ray and Astro is the kind of player that any big league team would like to have on its roster. Published February 3 2009

  • Hill a worthwhile gamble for O's

    The Orioles' acquisition of former Cubs lefty Rich Hill is a terrific low-risk, high-upside gamble. Worst-case scenario, he can't find the plate - the reason the Cubs chose to part ways with him - and the move costs Baltimore a "player to be named later," probably a low-level prospect. On the flip side, if he can return to his 2007 form, the O's will have gotten a potential No. 2 starter at a bargain basement rate. Published February 2 2009

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