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MLB investigates A-Rod's cousin, finds no issue

Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:09 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 1:58 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The cousin who Alex Rodriguez said was his accomplice to using PEDs back in 2003 has been spotted at the Yankees team hotel on a recent road trip, according to the New York Daily News. In turn, Major League Baseball is investigating what kind of access, if any, has been granted to Yuri Sucart -- the cousin in question. (ESPN New York)

During spring training of 2009, Rodriguez discussed with reporters his drug use back in 2003, and said that he had a cousin who would travel to the Dominican Republic and get access to performance-enhancing drugs and bring them back for Rodriguez's use. Though the name was never used, that cousin was later revealed to be Sucart. Since then, Sucart has been banned by the Yankees from having contact with the team and MLB has forbidden him from gaining access to restricted areas.

Thus, when Sucart was spotted at a hotel in San Francisco where the Yankees stayed during their series against the Oakland A's -- in addition to the Daily News report that Sucart has been a "constant presence" on the road for the Yankees since last season -- a red flag was raised.

Sucart is not, however -- and could not be -- banned from maintaining a relationship with his cousin or seeing him in any public place (such as a hotel).

I wouldn't call this a witch hunt just yet, but it's hard to get worked up about a player hanging out with his cousin -- especially since pretty much everyone involved in the initial situation said Sucart was only doing what A-Rod asked him to. If Sucart is being granted access to the locker room, that needs to stop, but if he's just visiting with his cousin, I'd say there's nothing to see here. Any suggestion that Sucart is going to somehow harm Rodriguez would be suggesting that A-Rod had no idea in the first place what drugs he was doing in 2003 -- which is obviously ridiculous.

UPDATE: ESPN.com is reporting that Major League Baseball has resolved the issue and found nothing wrong. Just as I suspected, it was much ado about nothing.

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Comments

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:16 pm
 

MLB investigates A-Rod's cousin, finds no issue

Thanks MLB, thanks news people...now everyone is paranoid about steroids.....



Since: Feb 12, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:20 pm
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

 Sadly I read this.... If this is a story we all need more interesting lives; I included. This is a complete NON story and a few moments I will never get back or gain insight and/or any perspective.  Le
t it Go were all aware what happened.  Heres a story to follow no that steroids are "monitored" by MLB dont sleep on them re-introducing more tightly wound "juiced" baseball to keep the long ball alive post-* era. OnPointW/ChaseQ 



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:20 pm
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

A-Fraud / A-Roid is a liar and anyone who believes he only took PED's for 3 years is frankly an idiot!  This clown has been juicing his entire career and is a complete FRAUD.  I wish baseball would have removed his MVP during the Ranger years since he admitted to cheating.  Why the Yankees extended his contract is beyond me.  This joker may break Barry's FAKE record but will anyone really care?  Yet the Yankees will pay him an additional bonus of $30M as he breaks this HR milestone.  I thought the Yankees were better at business than this?  He is like Manny and will continue to use until he is caught again.



Admitted to 'cheating'?  Hm.  I didn't think steroids were banned in baseball until October of 2004.  Wasn't 'cheating' then, because no rules were broken.  It was an unfair advantage that was not used by most of the earlier era players.  And it was stupid.  And everyone, nearly, was doing it.  And frankly, baseball was more fun for younger kids to watch all the homeruns flying out of the park.  Yes, baseball enthusiasts like myself love baseball with all the pitching, as well.  But interest in baseball starts young and the homeruns were fun to watch. 

Also, just because anabolic steroids weren't used by Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, et al. doesn't mean they didn't get an edge on the competition somehow.  ARod wasn't on roids his whole career.  Nor was he after his years as a Ranger.  He is the most often tested player in the MLB according to 'sources'.  Youngest player in the hisotry of MLB to 300, 400, 500, and 600 homeruns. Not like Bonds who hit 268 after his 35th bday.  If Alex does that, he'll have over 100 more than Bonds.  When he breaks Barry's real record-sorry but Barry broke no rules either-it will be a big deal.  To everyone.  Even you.  You, like so many people, will be mad about it. You will continue to call him a fake and say that MLB has let tainted records stand and you will act like anyone else that dislikes Alex Rodriguez.  And baseball fans will cheer.  Yankees fans will be the loudest.  Arod will continue to be the most hated player by fans in the league.  Jealousy is behind most of it. But that doesn't matter.  These records will stand.  Can't go back now and say that even though people weren't breaking any rules back then, we don't want to recognize their records.  That'd be like someone finding out what babe Ruth did to get ahead of the competition and MLB going back and saying his records don't count either.  It can't happen.  Charlie Hustle will always be the hits leader. ARod will become the all-time HRs leader, barring injury. 

So to sumise-yes, people will care.  Almost every MLB fan in the world will care.  Japanese fans will watch games at 7 am to see him hit it.  Some fans will cheer. Others will boo.  Others will say 'finally' and some will say 'darn'.  But people will care.  Lots and lots of people will care.  The debate will start immediately.  You will get on sites like this and trash him, call him a fraud, and you'll be mad that he broke Aaron's number as you will say Bonds' is fake.  Flame on, for if you TRULY didn't care, you would never read a story about him, comment on a blog about him, or pay attention to how many homeruns he has hit.   



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:58 pm
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

ARod confessed, to the world, he used PED"s, good for him.

He would have been better off if he would have said, "Until the names of the 104 players on the list are made public, there will be no confessions of PED use, have a good day and we'll see you when the season starts."

Rather than do the above, he came up with the story he did, and those who believe that story, are as stupid as the story itself.

What seems possible now, the only truth in the story, is his cousin Yuri Sucart was the supplier of those PED's.

ARod's stupid story leaves many questions to be answered before HOF entry is considered, it's still a story that has legs!

Just one more thing, what a time for cousin Yuri to show-up. leave it to ARod to steal the news when Jeter is about to become the greatest Yankee of the modern era.



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:36 pm
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

Yankee or not, Arod is no Angel



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:33 pm
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

I agree Alexios. He did not need them and it had to be one of the dumbest things a pro athlete has done but a real baseball fan knows he was great before and after.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:18 pm
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

Also anyone looking at Arod's contract right now and saying man he's overpaid, brutal, yes he is, the Yanks knew at age 35 and up he wouldn't be what he was at 25, that's just common sense but the Yanks wanted him as a Yankee for the rest of his career and one reason I believe is in case he ever breaks the all-time homerun mark they want a Yankee to do it. ARod was paid a ton when he was the best in the game, the Yanks chose to make it until he was 40ish, no he's not worth what he once was, but I don't think the Yanks thought he would be into his mid 30s but they didn't really care about 5 years or more down the road, they have tons of money so did it, got a World Series title and Arod a big part of that regular season and post season. So anyone looking at him at 35 and abusing him and the Yanks about his contract doesn't have a clue and is probably your typical Arod/Yankee hater and probably a BoSox fan and just abuses anything Arod or Yankees



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:14 pm
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

Nice post MNM8674 everything you wrote is very true and anyone who knows anything about baseball would have to agree with what you wrote. People that do steroids for a long period of time start to break down and are often on the DL. He always was consistent throughout his career and was a protegy in high school where they already knew he was going to be a star.Yes he was an idiot for taking steroids because he didn't need them but I guess that was the steroid era so he joined the club.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:12 pm
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

A-Rod is a lieing dirtball. 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:52 am
 

MLB investigating A-Rod's cousin

Fraud / A-Roid is a liar and anyone who believes he only took PED's for 3 years is frankly an idiot!  This clown has been juicing his entire career and is a complete FRAUD.  I wish baseball would have removed his MVP during the Ranger years since he admitted to cheating.
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 You are the only idiot if you think he was doing them his whole career. He has been one of the most consistent players in the history of baseball and has stayed very healthy throughout his career. If he was taking steroids for 10 to 15 years he would have had nagging injuries through his whole career and missed a lot of games and spent numerous times on the DL. He didn't even take them for 3 years and he has passed hundreds of tests in the last few years. This is a non story and only made into 1 because it is A-Rod. You only hear negatives about him. A few years back while on a trip to Boston to play the Sox he saved a child from being hit by a car and it got 2 seconds of airtime on the news. If it was one of the Sox players they would have spent the whole broadcast praising him and even cut into other broadcasts to talk about it. He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game so deal with it!


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