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  • January 22nd, 2015

    January 22, 2015: Book Review: Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:20 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews Comments (5)

    downloadby Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts

    I have never been a fan of Alex Rodriguez. Always thought he was disingenuous at best (The whole “I’m probably pretty sure it will all work out” statement before he bailed on the Rangers), and a cheater at worst (Slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove during the 2004 ALCS). I have also been interested in more information on the whole doping scandal in MLB. So when I was offered a free copy of Blood Sport for review, I jumped at the chance

    There were a number of things I did not know, and found disturbing and fascinating when I read this book.

    I always liked Ryan Braun, seemed to be a good citizen, played the game right. And then he tested positive for PED’s in 2011, and was the first player to appeal his 50-game suspension, and actually WIN his appeal–until he failed again. But his cheating is not what bothers me most, what bothered me most was that despite the fact that he was actually the first player to EVER to win an appeal of a drug suspension, he CHOSE to totally trash the man who collected his sample, telling people he was “an anti-Semite and a Cubs fan”. Disgusting behavior…

    And then there was the fact that apparently, a player can request PERMISSION from Major League Baseball to use PED’s. It’s called a “therapeutic use exemption”, and allows a player to use a substance that is banned by MLB. Their request is reviewed, and it deemed to have merit, they can use them, and cannot be punished for it. And Alex Rodriguez did exactly that in 2007 and 2008…And it just wasn’t him–111 players were granted this exception in 2007, although the vast majority of them were not for PED’s. Insanity…

    It’s hard to believe the drama and intrigue that went on actually went on–I know it did, but some of the stuff that went on was crazy. At points, it felt like a story from The Godfather! I thought this was a great book, though, and found it hard to put down.

    Available where all great books are sold Blood Sport is a compelling read on the prevalence of steroid use, even if you are not a baseball fan. If you read one book this off-season, it should be this one.

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