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Team ChemistryThe History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball$
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Nathan Michael Corzine

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039799

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039799.001.0001

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Brave New Game

(p.175) Epilogue
Team Chemistry

Nathan Michael Corzine

University of Illinois Press

This epilogue reflects on the history of drug and alcohol abuse in baseball, first by recounting the story of Seattle Mariners shortstop Alex Rodriguez. Known as A-Rod, Rodriguez has become the most recognizable face in baseball with regards to the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs)—possibly in all of sports. In the wake of the Mitchell Report findings, Rodriguez adamantly proclaimed his innocence when he was connected with PED use, later admitted that he lied about his past drug abuses, and then doubled down on the denials when indicted yet again, this time for transgressions related to the 2013 doping scandal involving Biogenesis of America. On January 11, 2014, Rodriguez, after a lengthy period of arbitration, was formally suspended for 162 games—at that point the longest non-lifetime suspension in Major League Baseball (MLB) history. This epilogue considers some of the reasons why people are so bothered by the use of PEDs in baseball and suggests that drug use in baseball could be ascribed as a direct corollary to the American obsession with winning.

Keywords:   alcohol abuse, Alex Rodriguez, performance-enhancing drugs, doping, Biogenesis of America, Major League Baseball, drug use

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