Everyone knew it was coming...Alex Rodriguez's 600th home run. Following the revelation of his steroid and PED use, among other bad behaviors, time provided sufficient opportunity to discuss his achievements and his misadventures. Why then does the Boston Herald declare this a controversy?
On Wednesday, Alex Rodriguez became the seventh player to reach the 600-home run level. He was the youngest to do it and is on a path that easily could give him another 163 homers, and the all-time record, before his contract ends in 2017.Yet Rodriguez’s milestone home run wasn’t a big event outside of New York. It was more of an interruption in stories about the start of NFL camps and the deterioration of Tiger Woods’ short game.How would this have been played if Rodriguez had not wound up on the list of players who tested positive for steroids in 2003?
Why should anyone be surprised about A-Rod as the youngest player to meet the 600 HR platform? He likely was more exposed to PEDs and at an earlier age. He was banging out 50 home runs a year in Texas and Seattle as a young player during the apex of baseball's steroids era.
Can anyone quantify the boost PEDs put into A-ROd's bat (a few years ago writers were suggesting that there was no evidence that 'roiding even helped power hitter, a bit like suggesting Hurricane Katrina really wasn't all that devastating).
Someone could develop regression equations to pare down A-Rod's home run totals to speculative HRs without juice. Why bother when your lifetime home run leader-- Barry Bonds -- awaits trial on steroids charges in the BALCO scandal.
Obviously A-Rod reached the plateau by cheating, cheating the game the fans, the pitchers, and his fellow players. Does anyone really have anything to add beyond that?