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.

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ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.