- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2009


A-Rod failed drug test in 2003 - Not that a steroid user makes a sympathetic figure, but Alex Rodriguez has more reasons to be upset than stunned baseball fans. SI.com reported Saturday that Rodriguez failed a test in 2003 that was a confidential barometer to determine whether penalties for failed drug tests were required. Now Barry Bonds and Rodriguez likely will have more in common besides being baseball’s home run kings. Both will be victims of leaked confidential materials - Bonds’ sealed grand jury testimony and Rodriguez’s failed test.

Cincinnati sweeps Georgetown - The Hoyas’ slide in Big East play has made it not just possible but likely that Georgetown and Maryland will miss the NCAA tournament this season. Maryland’s hopes rest on beating the likes of Clemson, Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina in the coming weeks, while Georgetown has to navigate a stacked Big East. It looks like this could be another March belonging to George Mason.


1. Greg Maddux - His reputation as the game’s smartest player and a devastating change-up make it hard to believe Maddux would need, let alone use, steroids.

2. Ken Griffey Jr. - While his massive power numbers (611 career home runs) and injury-prone reputation would make him a target for steroid rumors, his squeaky clean image dating to the early 1990s would make him a shocking user.

3. Dave Roberts - In 2,707 career at-bats, Roberts has hit 23 home runs, which averages out to a home run every 117 at-bats.

4. Jamie Moyer - Same deal with Maddux - if Moyer has thrown harder than 85 mph, it’s news to us.

5. Any member of the 2008 Nationals - With no players hitting more than 15 homers, the 2008 Nationals would be the poster child for the ineffectiveness of performance-enhancing drugs.


“I’ve never felt overmatched on the baseball field. … I felt that if I did my, my work as I’ve done since I was, you know, a rookie back in Seattle, I didn’t have a problem competing at any level.” - Alex Rodriguez in a “60 Minutes” interview in 2007

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