Selena Roberts made the following accusation to the MLB Network’s Bob Kostas:
“He was really born into the steroid era,” Roberts said. “He was a child of the Canseco era, too. So you have somebody who was born into it, who is in it and is of it, and I think there are so many enablers around him that I do believe he got caught up in a culture that was inescapable for him.”
Roberts bases much of that claim on the fact that Rodriguez went from barely being able to bench press 100 pounds during his sophomore year of high school to being able to lift 310 pounds by his junior year.
This is exactly the kind of statement that the mysteriousness of steroid use enables. Now, we can supposively attribute all of Alex Rodriguez’s success to using steroids, and we can tell that he’s been doing them since he was a kid because he got really strong really fast. Thankfully, the good journalists at MLB.com follow it up with the following quote:
One of his high school teammates, Major League first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, told the Los Angeles Times over the weekend that he never saw Rodriguez take performance-enhancing substances, and that it would have been “99.9 percent impossible” for him and his other teammates not to know.
Yet Roberts defended her reporting, the vast majority of which is attributed to unnamed sources.
Shawn Hoffman of Squawking Baseball also makes a good observation:
I know a lot of people who lift weights — I was a personal trainer in college — and my own experience has been fairly typical. For comparison’s sake:
- I started lifting when I was 20 years old, and I’m about eight inches shorter than A-Rod. On my first day, I benched 95 pounds. If he was lifting ~100 pounds during his sophomore year, it was because he had never lifted weights before.
- Within 6-8 months, I was benching about 200 pounds. At that age, I obviously wasn’t growing anymore, and the biggest change to my diet was that I stopped eating Hershey Bars for breakfast. If A-Rod started lifting when he was 16, and grew even 2-3 inches soon thereafter, it would be normal for him to be benching well over 200 pounds, and possibly over 250, even if he wasn’t a full-time athlete, and without a major change in his eating habits.
- When I started lifting, I was dedicated to it, in the sense that I made it a habit to go three times a week religiously. But I didn’t have millions of dollars at stake. When A-Rod was in high school, he was already an athletic freak, and had a direct financial incentive to get bigger, stronger, faster. Even without steroids, there are lots of ways you can make significant advances in the weight room: protein shakes, supplements, etc. And playing sports full-time creates a ton of testosterone in your body to start with, especially for teenagers. The idea that a high-school aged Alex Rodriguez needed more testosterone in his body in order to bench ~300 pounds is, in my mind, absurd.
So, let’s dismiss yet another charge based on faulty evidence from Ms. Roberts.
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