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Steroids in baseball

Once again, it's been revealed that another one of the biggest stars in baseball abused steroids. It's become part of the new annual national pastime.

Alex Rodriguez, the third baseman for the New York Yankees, said he used performance-enhancing drugs when he played for the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003.

A-Rod apologized and said he felt pressure to perform after signing a then-record 10-year, $252 million contract. He said that back then, the culture of baseball was looser.

Rodriguez's apology would look more sincere if it hadn't been prompted by a Sports Illustrated report over the weekend about the steroid use. Given that Rodriguez has previously denied using steroids, who knows whether his recent admission is the full and complete truth?

Certainly, Major League Baseball can't be trusted to police itself, even now that it has finally begun testing players. For years, the owners, players, fans and sports reporters looked the other way as more and more athletes turned into Hulk Hogans and smashed home run records.

Remember how everyone cheered in the summer of 1998 as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chased and eventually broke Roger Maris' single-season home run record? Only later was it revealed that McGwire and Sosa were among the many stars believed to have used performance-enhancing drugs.

Tainted home run king Barry Bonds remains the poster child for baseball's steroid era. While the players are at fault, MLB deserves much blame for turning a blind eye.

Rodriguez was thought to be the player who would one day surpass Bonds' career home run numbers, and thus wipe away the taint of steroids and restore fans' faith in the game. But now, Rodriguez's gaudy numbers are tainted as well.

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