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MLB allowed Alex Rodriguez to use testosterone during 2007 season, book says

07.03.14 at 11:31 am ET
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With 54 home runs and 156 RBIs, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez looked like a cut above the rest of baseball during the 2007 season, capturing his third MVP award and earning a restructured 10-year, $275 million contract with New York in the offseason.

However, according to a new book, Rodriguez may have gotten an extra boost during his 2007 campaign.

The book, “€œBlood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’€™s Steroid Era,” alleges€ Rodriguez applied for and was given a therapeutic use exemption to use testosterone by the man who oversaw MLB’€™s drug-testing program, Dr. Bryan W. Smith, in 2007.

Rodriguez also allegedly was given another exemption by Smith to use the drug Clomid, which is commonly used by individuals to increase their testosterone production after cycling off the use of steroids.

After excerpts from the book — which was written by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts — were published by Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, the league office said in a statement that it did not know that Rodriguez was given the green light to use these drugs in 2007 and 2008.

“All decisions regarding whether a player shall receive a therapeutic use exemption under the joint drug program are made by the independent program administrator in consultation with outside medical experts, with no input by either the office of the commissioner or the players association,” the statement read.

According to one baseball official, Rodriguez had a doctor relay to Smith that Rodriguez suffered from a medical condition known as hypogonadism, which happens when the body does not generate enough natural testosterone.

Despite the fact that he gave Rodriguez two controversial exemptions, Smith was dismissed as the MLB’€™s drug program overseer in 2012 after the players union complained that he made it too difficult for players to receive exemptions. Smith still serves as the head of drug-testing program in the minor leagues.

This is obviously not the first time that Rodriguez has been connected to performance-enhancing drugs. In 2009 Rodriguez admitted to using steroids during a three-year period beginning in 2001 while playing for the Rangers.

The three-time MVP is suspended for the entire 2014 MLB season following his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

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