Bahrain Bourse falls    A delegation of Caucasus Muslims visits King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa    KSA Provides 2 Million USD to Islamic Organization for Food Security    Saudi Press: KSA's Attractive Investment Environment    Asian markets mixed    Israeli forces arrest 22 Palestinians in West Bank    Command of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Intercepting and Shooting Down A Drone Launched by Terrorist Houthi Militia from Saada towards KSA    Bahrain Bourse falls    Six Flags Qiddiya Unveils Park Design    SAGO to Import 780,000 Tons of Feed Barley    Lampard earns first win as Chelsea boss at Norwich    Saudi Youth Basketball Team Defeats UAE in the Gulf championship    Saudi Table Tennis Team Won 4 medals, during West Asian Championships    Saud Al-Haqbani Crowned with the Spanish Friendly Tennis Championship Shield    FAO Regional Director for Communication commends KSA for services for pilgrims    Al-Azhar Undersecretary praises KSA's services for pilgrims    SFDA Co-signs MoU with Bahraini National Organization for Regulation of Occupations, Health Services    Haifaa Al Mansour Represents Saudi Cinema at the Venice International Film Festival    A New Medical and Scientific Achievement to Serve Ophthalmology in KSA and the World    Neonate life is saved after successful Encephalocele operation    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Addresses Citizens and Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr    Custodian of Two Holy Mosques addresses Citizens and Muslims on the Advent of Holy Month of Ramadan    Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Launches Awareness Message on Sacrifice Day    Custodian of Two Holy Mosques addresses the Saudi people and Islamic nation on the blessed Eid Al-Fitr    Newcastle Beat West Ham 3-0 for their first Win of the Season    Mourinho insists Ibrahimovic must be good enough for Manchester United    Reforms have saved the economy from possible recession, say analysts    The King and Crown Prince congratulates Moldova's President    More than 1,5 million pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia, so far    MWL allocates SR 7 million for Eid sacrifice project in 47 countries    Saudi Campaign provides educational and training services for Syrians in Al-Za'tari camp    Saudi student goes missing in Kentucky, US    Harvey lashes Texas US coast with high wind, torrential rain    North Korea tests short-range missiles as South Korea, US conduct drills    Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee given five-year jail sentence for bribery    Known days    "MODON" Signs MoU with Chinese Goldwind Company for wind-turbines manufacturing in the Kingdom    Flyadeal, Saudi Arabia's new low-cost airline, scheduled to launch on September 23, reports    Mastercard launches Masterpass in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia    Honda among 27 Japan players named for World Cup qualifiers    Joker, Harley Quinn movie in works with 'Crazy Stupid Love' filmmakers    Madhuri Dixit to venture into Marathi films as a producer    Consumers warned against using some brands of face powder, hair products    How 'GOT' makers made the frozen lake in 'Beyond the Wall'    Shraddha Kapoor wants people to help the needy    Neymar targets improvement after phenomenal home debut    Politicizing the pilgrimage    Rakhi 2017: "Bond of Love" between a brother and his sister    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Yankees back A-Rod, praise him for admission
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 11 - 02 - 2009

Alex Rodriguez's admission Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 through 2003 while playing Major League Baseball prompted a statement of support from his club, the New York Yankees.
Rodriguez, the richest player in the sport, told ESPN on Monday that he used steroids while playing for the Texas Rangers, a confession made two days after a Sports Illustrated report that he failed a 2003 drug test.
The Yankees, with the richest payroll in baseball, have faced steroid confessions before with pitcher Andy Pettitte last year and slugger Jason Giambi before that and offered their support to their third baseman on Monday.
“We strongly believe there is no place in baseball for performance-enhancing drugs of any type and we support the efforts of the commissioner to continually improve the testing process,” the Yankees statement read.
“We urged Alex to be completely open, honest and forthcoming in addressing his use of performance enhancing drugs. We take him at his word that he was.
“Although we are disappointed in the mistake he spoke to today, we realize that Alex – like all of us – is a human being not immune to fault.”
The statement went on to call the admission by “A-Rod” a major step.
“We speak often about the members of this organization being part of a family and that is never more true than in times of adversity,” it said. “While there is no condoning the use of performance-enhancing drugs, we respect his decision to take accountability for his actions.
“We support Alex, and we will do everything we can to help him deal with this challenge and prepare for the upcoming season.”
The statistical analysis shows little distinction between the years he says he doped and the rest of his outstanding career with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and now with the New York Yankees as the game's highest-paid player.
“It seems like very little benefit from something that we know to be so bad for your body,” said Keith Law, a former member of the Toronto Blue Jays front office who is now a baseball analyst for ESPN.
Steroids experts say their use will definitely help an athlete's power and endurance over a 162-game baseball season, but that is also true for players working against him.
“People talk about only home runs as an indication of steroid use. Well, pitchers are able to come in and pitch more frequently because their recovery times have improved. People who are chasing fly balls can accelerate and get to a fly ball faster,” said Gary Wadler, chairman of the Prohibited List and Methods Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
“Think of the image of Ben Johnson busting out of the starting blocks,” Wadler said, referring to the Canadian sprinter whose 1988 gold medal for the 100 metres was stripped when he tested positive for steroids.
In a sign of power, Rodriguez averaged 52 home runs in those three seasons compared to an average of 42 in his 13 full seasons in the major leagues.
But the Texas ballpark where he played half his games is one of the most favorable for hitting home runs. Yankee Stadium, which he has called home since 2004, is one of the most difficult for a right-handed hitter like Rodriguez.
Rodriguez also played in Texas during his prime years of age 25, 26, and 27 in Texas; age 27 is generally seen as the height of a ballplayer's career.
During those three years his batting average was in line with his career mark of .306 while his stolen base numbers – an indication of speed – were down about one-third from his career average.
“Before the steroid allegations came out, I didn't feel there was anything suspicious about those numbers. He is just a phenomenal player,” said Sean Forman, president of Sports Reference LLC, on online database of sports statistics.
“It's nearly impossible to discern what would be a steroid-fueled improvement and what wouldn't because there are dozens and dozens of factors that go into offensive performance,” Forman said.
As for the Hall of Fame – baseball's highest honor – the sportswriters who decide whether to enshrine a player have shown a strong bias against players linked to doping.

Clic here to read the story from its source.