Posted July 30, 2013

Poll: How long should Alex Rodriguez’s suspension be?

Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, Performance Enhancing Drugs, Poll

Alex Rodriguez

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The New York Daily News reported on Monday that Major League Baseball, “armed with voluminous evidence they believe would warrant lifetime banishment,” is close to handing down Alex Rodriguez’s suspension for his alleged role in the Biogenesis scandal. Citing “a source familiar with the discussions between MLB officials and A-Rod’s representatives,” the News suggests that Rodriguez will be offered a suspension that will last through the end of the 2014 season as the only alternative to having commissioner Bud Selig invoke the power of his office to circumvent due process and ban Rodriguez from baseball for life.

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First-time offenders under the Joint Drug Agreement receive a 50-game suspension, and even though A-Rod failed a drug test back in 2003, he has technically yet to have a first offense because that failure came during survey testing. He did admit to using steroids during his three years with the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003 but that came before testing was in place. He is currently embroiled in the Biogenesis scandal that last week landed Ryan Braun a 65-game suspension. Back in April, MLB accused Rodriguez of buying and then destroying Biogenesis documents that, the assumption is, were evidence of his guilt. If Baseball has evidence of such tampering, it would likely be factored into the length of Rodriguez’s suspension.

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What do you think? Let’s assume Rodriguez did indeed use PEDs supplied by Biogenesis and that he did purchase and destroy evidence of that relationship. If you were the commissioner of baseball and in possession of convincing evidence of both acts, would you suspend Rodriguez, and if so, for how long?

25 comments
vvalenc
vvalenc

For every lie. 2 terms. Plus life , plus life life life . 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Much as I detest A-Roid I hate to see baseball bail the Yankees out of that idiot contract. Which is the net effect of suspending him.

vvalenc
vvalenc

HE. IS TOTALLY A PIG STRAIGHT UP . 

Big Mark
Big Mark

I like the Yankees but cannot stand Aroid.  He is a lying,cheating scumbag who should have been booted out of the game before.

m.james61
m.james61

A-fraud should be suspended for two life-times; one for cheating and lying about it and the second for being an arrogant c _ _ t.

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

Only 8% of people want zero games?  I assumed the percent of people who hate the Yankees was much higher than that.

OnePass
OnePass

Bud cut a deal with Manny, a repeat offender, but is playing hardball with A-Rod.

Bonkers
Bonkers

How could anybody possibly think he should get 0 games?

ESPNSucks1
ESPNSucks1

Pete Rose did far less and he was banned for life. Pete Rose's actions didn't even offer an advantage on the field like this dirtbag.

QuikMix
QuikMix

Actually, I couldn't care less about how long they ban A-rod as long as MLB could provide a reasonable assurance that their testing methodologies would ensure that they're catching the vast majority (if not all) of current PED users.  Otherwise, A-Rod is window dressing.

mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

MLB needs to make an example of this whole PED,s mess . What better way  to do it than with the highest paid player.

Macheen
Macheen

Two years plus a time equal to how long he took PED, which in A-Rod’s case is probably his whole career.

Brett_Buck
Brett_Buck

They guy is cancer. Get rid of him, make him go away for the good of the game. 

John4
John4

@Washheightsboy You appear to be reversed.  People who like the Yankees would want zero games.  Those who hate the Yankees would want more.  Note that 44% as I type this are in favor of a lifetime ban, and another 18% want him banned until the end of 2014.  

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@OnePass Manny, I believe, will be playing in the minors. If/when he does go to play for the Rangers, his suspension will continue

joe6647
joe6647

@OnePass A-Rod tried to destroy evidence that linked him and Biogenesis.  That is obstruction of justice of MLB's own investigation.  He has also admitted to drug use in the past and lied about his connection to Biogenesis.


He isnt simply a "repeat offender"

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

@Bonkers Fans of other teams in the AL East would be thrilled with 0 games.  In fact, everyone who hates the Yankees should be calling their congressman and lobbying for 0 games.

William27
William27

@Bonkers if he was associated with A-ROD in a paid position. for example, they work for his lawyer

OnePass
OnePass

Pete Rose bet on games he managed.  Denied it.  Denied it again.  Denied it some more.  Agreed to a lifetime ban as long as MLB didn't release its findings (which would reveal him to be a liar).  

15 years later...

DalePearl
DalePearl

@ESPNSucks1 I have used this argument before. Whatever Pete Rose did is far less than a single steroid user. Pete never cheated in a game, there is no argument there. Cheating is far worse than gambling addictions (part of which the culture of sports is responsible for).

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

@John4 @Washheightsboy No, people who hate the Yanks want 0 games.  If Arod isn't suspended, they still get to pay him and deal with his disruptive BS and poor production.  If he gets banned for life, on the other hand, the Yankees are free of him forever and they can spend that money elsewhere.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@DalePearl @ESPNSucks1  

I LOVE (sarc) how all the Pete Rose groupies come out whenever there's an A-Rod story.

Are you just groupies, or is he paying you guys?

Zak
Zak

@Washheightsboy @John4 Even so, my detestation for Rodriguez outweighs my detestation for the Yankees, which is a lot. He's been a disgrace to the game since he left Seattle, at latest.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

@Rickapolis @MidwestGolfFan Exactly. You don't go easy on those who knock off a 7-11 just because robbing banks is worse.

But having said that, who the hell says that Pete Rose "did far less"? Rose impugned the integrity of the game. His crime and his punishment were clearly spelled out. No doubt. No gray area. He got what he deserved.

Now if the writers can be believed it's looking like A-Rod will get what he deserves, too.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@MidwestGolfFan Yeah, I don't see why MLB should let one low-life get away with something just because there are even lower-lifes out there.