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Alex Rodriguez: ‘Shark Tank’ Investment Raises Questions

In the latest episode of ‘Shark Tank’, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Cuban invested $700K on Vade. Vade is a nutritional company that sells dissolvable whey protein scoops. While this may seem like no big deal, we have questions.

Earlier this month, WTTS warned MLB players to be worried about IGF-1. Despite occurring naturally in products we consume daily – like milk – IGF-1 (natural and synthetic) remains banned by baseball. In fact, one of the reasons why Alex Rodriguez served a 1-year suspension is because his regimen allegedly included IGF-1 among other drugs, according to the NYT.

It’s really quite simple how IGF-1 connects to Vade’s dissolvable whey protein scoops. Whey protein is a by-product of milk, which contains natural IGF-1. This isn’t unique to Vade and their products, which are actually quite good. In fact, as we reported on Call to the PenGatorade, Muscle Milk, MET-Rx, and many other companies all make products that contain natural IGF-1.

So, what’s the big deal, right?

Following The Mitchell Report, a Congressional Hearing on PED use by MLB Athletes was held in early 2008. There, a committee of government officials examined former Senator George Mitchell’s report, which throughly investigated PED use in baseball. As part of his statement, Mitchell clarified a few items to the committee. One of them touching on baseball’s transparency.

“The [drug] program should be administered by a truly independent authority that holds exclusive authority over its structure and administration. It should be transparent to the public… providing reports on testing and test results.”

If this is truly the case, then MLB has done a terrible job at being transparent with the public. To see A-Rod, an MLB ambassador, invest in a product on national TV that contains a natural occurring banned substance, is ludicrous.

Especially when the solution is really quite simple: Animal derived products that contain natural IGF-1 should not banned.

The PGA Tour has taken a position. So has WADA for that matter.

It’s MLB’s turn to officially take a position. Are animal derived products that contain natural IGF-1 banned? Yes or no? It’s that simple.

Having grown up in Washington Heights, a small Dominican neighborhood just one mile away from Yankee Stadium, Manny is a life-long Yankees fan. He began pursuing his passion for writing about baseball in March 2018 when he co-founded a small baseball media company called Welcome to THE SHOW. Manny is also a contributor at Call to the Pen. Follow Manny on twitter @MannyGo3.

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