Book Says MLB Allowed A-Rod To Use Banned Testosterone

The new book ​"Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era" says MLB exempted Alex Rodriguez from the ban.
Posted at 6:48 PM, Jul 02, 2014

It's been a while since we last heard from Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball regarding performance enhancing drugs. (Via Flickr / Keith Allison

But that just changed. Now, a new book says the MLB gave A-Rod permission to use testosterone in 2007, one of his MVP seasons. 

The book is called "​Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era." Sports Illustrated posted an exclusive excerpt from the book Wednesday detailing exactly how the MLB supposedly let Rodriguez use PEDs. 

One excerpt reads, "In 2007, of the 1,354 players subjected to testing, 111 were granted a TUE. Only two, apparently including Rodriguez, received an exemption for 'androgen deficiency medications,' the category that would include testosterone."

Basically, an MLB player can apply for a "therapeutic use exemption", or a TUE, under the league's drug policy. This means, if granted, a player can take drugs otherwise banned by the league. Well, the book states, Rodriguez was granted an exemption Feb. 16, two days before he got to Spring Training. (Via Flickr / Keith Allison)

All this, if true, would put the MLB in an awkward position. 

Because, the Yankees' third basemen is currently suspended for the entire 2014 season, 162 games, due to the Biogenesis investigation. (Via ABC

But, in 2007, he won his third MVP award after slugging 54 home runs with a .314 average. (Via YES Network

That resulted in Rodriguez inking a new 10-year, $275 million deal in the offseason to become the MLB's highest paid player and eventually its biggest headache. (Via Forbes

Rodriguez, who turns 39 this month, says he does intend to return to the Yankees once he's eligible.