A-Rod: Where's the statistical evidence? 

February, 26, 2009

I keep reading that Alex Rodriguez's play in Texas -- where from 2001 through 2003, when A-Rod has admitted juicing, he blasted 52, 57 and 47 home runs -- shows the boost that steroids can give hitters. And the idea that he should forfeit those dingers, or at least the portion of them that appears abnormal, seems to be catching on.

It's time to put these ideas to rest. Each of us will have to decide how much we think it's appropriate to discount A-Rod's career performance for his use of performance-enhancing drugs. But the numbers don't show he got any help at all.

Peter Keating

ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. His column, The Numbers, appears in every issue.