Posted August 04, 2013

MLB tips its hand with reaction to latest Alex Rodriguez suspension comments

Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, Performance Enhancing Drugs

In any event, the battle between the Yankees and Rodriguez has already taken some surreal turns during his rehab. After he jumped the gun by announcing his clearance to return to game activity on June 25, general manager Brian Cashman told him to “shut the f**k up” during an interview with ESPN New York. More recently, after being diagnosed with his quad strain, Rodriguez found a doctor willing to say that he did not see such a strain on his MRI; not only had this Doctor Michael Gross not examined him, he had previously been fined $40,000 by the New Jersey attorney general for “failing to adequately ensure proper patient treatment involving the prescribing of hormones including steroids.”

For all of that absurdity, Rodriguez is entitled to due process. In recent weeks, leaks from MLB sources have illustrated that him having a fair say was far lower on their list of priorities than scoring political points by publicly shaming him and portraying the commissioner in a flattering light for his belated attempt to clean up the game. On Saturday, the Washington Post‘s Sally Jenkins summarized the current state of play:

The ritualistic rage at Alex Rodriguez feels less like justice than a public stoning, and it’s Exhibit A that the moral crusade against performance enhancement is as unhealthy as the thing it purports to correct. Whatever Rodriguez’s transgressions, is he really so much more culpable than any number of the people he played with or for, including baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who makes his living off the sweat of other men’s bodies and whose apparent idea of justice is to use the threat of a lifetime ban as a publicity tactic?

A-Rod is either deserving of a lifetime ban or he’s not. He may very well have done everything he is accused of, but what we have here isn’t a genuine assessment of his offenses but rather a squeeze play by Selig, an attempt to pressure A-Rod into forgoing his due process. Whatever the evidence against Rodriguez in the Biogenesis affair — and it may be significant — the commissioner is unmistakably less interested in a fitting penalty than he is in shutting up A-Rod — and at the same time bolstering his own weak reputation on PEDs.

MLB has attempted to pressure Rodriguez into agreeing to a suspension through the 2014 season in order to avoid a lifetime ban, but if the league believes it must negotiate over whether his transgressions actually meet such a standard, then it’s likely that they don’t. The vast majority of players banned for life by previous commissioners were banned for betting on baseball and thereby threatening the integrity of the sport. Two players banned for illegal drug use, pitchers Fergie Jenkins and Steve Howe, were soon reinstated via arbitration.

MLB has already suspended two players in connection with Biogenesis. The Brewers’ Ryan Braun drew a 65-game suspension – the remainder of the season at the time the ban was handed down — with MLB justifying the length as 50 games for the equivalent of a first-time offense under the Joint Drug Agreement and the other 15 games for disparaging comments about MLB’s testing program during the grievance proceedings from his 2011 positive test. Cesar Carrillo, who as a minor leaguer was not protected by the players’ union, drew a 100-game suspension, 50 for being named in the Biogenesis documents and 50 “for lying to MLB about knowing Bosch.”

Over the last few days, the league was said to be working towards suspending nine other players besides Rodriguez, all of them for 50 games, and is currently planning to announce those suspensions on Monday, which would give players time to serve the entire suspensions before the end of the regular season. Quinn and Marchand reported that there could be as many as 12 players suspended. Whatever the number, it is possible that players could appeal those suspensions, in which case they would play until Horowitz heard their appeal; that would likely push their suspensions into next season, which could harm the free agent contracts of players such as Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta but allow them to continue playing for teams fighting for playoff spots.

The league apparently held up their announcement of the suspensions while attempting to get Rodriguez to fall in line and accept a stronger punishment, thus wrapping up this saga with a single dog-and-pony show. That appears increasingly unlikely given his vow to fight any sanction. Clearly Rodriguez won’t conform to anyone’s wishes that he go quietly, and again it’s apparent that we’re far from the end of this saga.

UPDATE: On Saturday night, in the second and final game of his rehab assignment for Trenton, Rodriguez walked in all four plate appearances. His plan is to work out on Sunday at an undisclosed location and then to travel to Chicago to meet the Yankees for a three-game series against the White Sox. However, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the league plans to suspend Rodriguez on Monday, “using both the collective-bargaining agreement, which would banish Rodriguez immediately and keep him off the field before his planned return from injury that day, as well as the joint drug agreement, sources said.” However, if that happens, the union could go to an arbitrator to request a stay of the penalty, which if granted would allow Rodriguez to play.

 


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44 comments
DaSpiderMonkeys
DaSpiderMonkeys

I am getting the feeling that the lifetime ban isn't off the table at all.

lainie2020
lainie2020

you have to give MLB credit - they have destroyed A-Rod before sharing the evidence with the public- and the public has bought it all - hopefully today MLB will be able to prove their rumors!

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

I just don't see anyway A-Fraud playing tommorrow and i think what happens is he does get the suspesion under the best intrest of baseball clause and I also have a feeling that MLB puts the evidence out there tomorrow for everyone to see and it will likely show that A-Fraud is very involved in this and he will have no chance of winning an appeal

TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

I really dislike Alex Rodriguez...


But Bud Selig, The Steinbrenners, Levine, and Cashman, are all slimy characters. 

They made a huge mistake and are all looking for an easy way out, to the detriment of the league.

TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

He is probably the smarmiest person on the planet...

jason2
jason2

i blame kate hudson

Bledred
Bledred

Stick.....Fork.....Him....Done......yea.


You know how the President has a popularity poll.  Well I think ARoid has got to be pulling like a 8% at this point. 

I know how everyone wants him gone, but I actually want him to get back in the game.  Why you ask? Well how entertaining would it be to see pitchers who already absolutely despise him (and now have the backing of nearly every fan, Yankee fans and Yankee coaches and officials) throw 90+ mph fastballs at him?   I am willing to bet after the 10th time he gets drilled in the ribs (in 10 at bats), he will gladly retire on his own. 



bdbd1983
bdbd1983

I hope Arod takes MLB to school, especially without a positive test, they need more than just circumstantial evidence to hold up in arbitration. Unless they have positive blood tests from biogenesis, I expect an arbitrator to only allow a 50game ban or so, and thats maybe. MLB cant just pick on one player and suspend him for more time, when players before him have done the same and worse and didnt face a lick of punishment, or a ban from the game. 

tritipisgood
tritipisgood

"Regardless of the verdict of juries, no player that throws a ball game; no player that undertakes or promises to throw a ball game; no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing ball games are planned and discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball. Of course, I don't know that any of these men will apply for reinstatement, but if they do, the above are at least a few of the rules that will be enforced. Just keep in mind that, regardless of the verdict of juries, baseball is competent to protect itself against crooks, both inside and outside the game."  These are the words of Kenesaw Mountain Landis when banning the Black Sox for life.  It's time for Bud Selig to man up and issue a similar statement for PED's.  Ban every single one of them for life and restore some integrity for the game.  As a junior high teacher, my students talk constantly about this issue.  Many of them say baseball has become a joke due to some players being on the juice and others not.  Some mention the effects of PED's on their bodies after they retire.  At that point, I discuss Lyle Alzado and show the students pictures of what steroids did to him.  Mr. Selig has to make it clear like Mr. Landis did years ago.  They are not acceptable at any time, anywhere on any baseball field.

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

A-Roid = Pete Rose v2.0, an MLB pariah for a new generation.  He is such a scumbag he almost makes Barry Bonds seem likable.

Only difference is A-Roid isn't going to need money bad enough to set up a gimmick table across the street from the HOF once a year.

the_woodwose
the_woodwose

A-Rod, his post-season choking ways and his boat anchor of a contract are the best thing that could have ever happened to the most hated team in sports.  He and the Yankees deserve each other.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

If I were ARod and you were trying to take my $114 million, I'd lawyer up too. 

JohnHill1
JohnHill1

I hope Selig gets the BALLS to ban him for life!

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

Reading Rodriguez's comments (still think that A-Rod is a ridiculously stupid nickname) it's clear that he's a delusional sociopath.  Stop Alex, just stop.  Nobody believes you at this point.  Only a handful of Yankees fans support you and we all know you lie, cheat and exhibit extreme levels of dishonesty to cover it up. 

Just go away dude.

OraPike
OraPike

I am sick of the jodi's of this world blaming others---took drugs, kicked out---end of story.  Even the monster who kidnapped the 3 women blamed everyone and everything except himself.  TOOK DRUGS BAN FROM BASEBALL OR THIS WILL KEEP ON GOING.

Hub25
Hub25

I hope A-Rod fights this to the last penny and wins. Anyone who doesn't see a problem with what's happening here and is just accepting all these articles featuring their 'sources' and negative connotations is just feeding the fire. Ryan Braun is getting 65 games, he won an MVP, failed a test (Pretty sure A-rod is yet to do that), had his suspension fold on a technicality, lied to all and sundry and then did it all over again. If that is worse than what A-Rods done then give us every bit of info and let us make up our own minds. Until then, he nothing but an annoyance to Bud Selig with a contract that his team no longer wants to pay.

JulioARosario
JulioARosario

All this Arod news and ban from baseball is the biggest BS cause he cheated like tons of players have the want him out of baseball and not only a suspension 501st offense 100 2nd n lifetime 3rd ..... Mlb is trying to get all in one to save the yankees all that money so they can purchase new players and drop there luxury tax from 50% to 17% which is a huge drop so that makes them buyers from any good free agent out there for the 2014 season. arod is appealing any suspencion he gets and is planing to sue mlb and the yankees for the mess they have cost him. As a MLB fan dont think is fair for him cause theres a lot of more players who have done worst and are still in baseball relations not to mention all other players have gotten 50 game suspencion braun got 50 plus 15 for suspously lieying and to give arod from 200-250 games thats insane. So lets say he does get suspended 200 games and gets caught again MLB is going to suspend him 500 games for second offense ?? Lol yankees i say yankees are 100% behind all this so he wont play and they save those 100mil or 60mil to Arod

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

Did the author of this article get a handy from A-Roid?  The Yankees are said to be on the hook for $0 for Soriano for next season and I believe the same amount, or only a couple mill, for Wells.

A-Roid is garbage, and knows tonight's game was his last as a professional.  He is now laying the ground work for a lawsuit against MLB and the Yankees.  In a few years, he will probably also sue the BBWAA and the HOF for not electing him. 

 I hope all the juicing gives him brain tumors and he dies slow and painful.

 All the fuss about this scumbag made me late to drop off my kid yesterday.  I never seen so many cars around that stadium in Trenton before, and the news trucks.

Phillies113
Phillies113

Does ANYONE, besides A-Rod, want to see A-Rod back on a baseball field? The only ones I can even consider are fans of other teams and most (all?) Yankee fans who are licking their lips at the opportunity to boo the ever-loving bejeesus out of him.

Mr.MayorMarionBarry
Mr.MayorMarionBarry

Damn A-Roid is a bigger druggie then the mayor by the looks of it... Btw "B***H set me UP!!!"

OswaldoLe'mon
OswaldoLe'mon

Braun got to negotiate his penalty, why not ARod?  The biggest pink elephant in the room is that Selig has a vested interest in the Brewers.  MLB is trying to help the Janquis!

Jack38
Jack38

No question MLB is trying to help the Yankees. Also no question that it's desperate to keep this out of the court system, where baseball can't set the rules. MLB is trying to save the Yankees a lot of money -- even by suspending him for 2014, it would give the Yankees a huge benefit and likely enable them to get under the luxury tax level, resetting their "clock" and setting them up to be big buyers for the 2015 season.


I don;t find A-Rod even remotely likeable, but I hope he takes MLB to court. I can't wait for the discovery and depositions.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Of course MLB is conspiring to keep A-Rod off the field. He has become toxic. Not that MLB has come off very well through all this. They've dawdled and delayed and made themselves look like their are afraid to make up their mind. It's become an Abbot and Costello routine. I for one am sick of it.I was going to swear I won't comment on it all again, but I may not be able to resist.

SteveBienefeld
SteveBienefeld

@lainie2020 Do you really think that MLB would put the sport through this whole mess with Rodriguez if they didn't have an air-tight case against him?  Yes, it ruins his career (if it hasn't been ruined already), but it's also a black mark against MLB as well.  To think that MLB would want to pursue this just to "get" Rodriguez is ludicrous.

jjazznola
jjazznola

He'll be at 3rd base tonight.

TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

Well... Cashman not so much... I begrudgingly respect him. I shouldn't have included him on that list.

Bledred
Bledred

Even if Aroid charges the mound, would the Yankee bench join him?  I think not.  It would be Aroid vs the entire other team.  Now THAT would be entertainment. 

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

@bdbd1983 yeah ask how Lance Armstrong how that worked, remember they had no positive test but a mountain of eveidence and Armstrong didn't even fight.  Look here's the problem is A-Fraud lied to you and me and everyone when he said he hadn't used since 2002-2003, when there's evidence that he's been using since 2009.  Plus this whole retirement thing, no it wouldn't happen, why, because if A-Fraud did retire, guess what then the Yankees wouldn't have to pay a single dime to him

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@bdbd1983 Don't you find it a bit odd that you're the only person actually cheering for the dishonest players?

RobOlds
RobOlds

@bdbd1983 Athletes don't have to test positive to be guilty of using PED's.  Lance Armstrong "passed" over 500  tests and denied PED use for years during his run on the Tour de France.  But, low and behold, with overwhelming evidence, he was banned from cycling for life and admitted to PED use.  A Rod used steroids, he lied to MLB  investigators, and he purchased documents with the intent of destroying them.  And, all this after admitting to steroid use from 2001-03.  Sounds like a pretty open and shut case to me.

JohnHill1
JohnHill1

He he DID FAIL a steroids test in 2003

JohnHill1
JohnHill1

@JulioARosarioYou really think the Yankees care about the money? If Selig wanted to help a team in financial need he'd find a way to help the Mets rid themselves of Bobby Bonilla's contract. A-Roids deal is NOTHING to the Yankees. Braun also didn't recruit other players to cheat,destroy evidence, and pay-off people like A-Roid either.

yourboijive
yourboijive

@Jerkzilla listen the fiscal cliff is not the only thing we need to worry about here. Have you even seen what our country's spending deficit is? It seems as though we neglect the fact that our diplomatic rights are being objected to those who misconstrue the declaration. I am done with all of this hogwash and with the judiciary system that we call a "government"

kikokid
kikokid

@OswaldoLe'mon I agree with you. It's a conspiracy against A-ROD.  He should only get 50 games like the rest of them.  MLB is believing that scoundrel Bosh and circumstantial evidence.

Sneeral
Sneeral

@OswaldoLe'mon Read what you posted. If you don't realize that it makes no sense, please don't post anything ever again. 

davidwakeman
davidwakeman

@TeamCropDusters Your cast of characters have done a good job of putting A-Rod in a position where he looks sympathetic.  Which isn't easy. 


Hub25
Hub25

@JohnHill1 Yes. Before it was illegal to do so. The MVP in 2011 won on steroids and got less time. This is a joke.

Hub25
Hub25

@JohnHill1 @JulioARosario Yes the Yankees care about money. If they don't get the payroll under $189 mil they pay 50% tax. If they do they pay 17%. That's a difference of approximately $60 million. I am sure they would rather give a big portion of that to Robinson Cano than the Astros and Marlins. I'm not sure if you've heard but George Steinbrenner is no longer alive.

Sneeral
Sneeral

@Hub25 @JohnHill1 No. It's always been against the law to take steroids without a prescription from an MD. The fact that MLB put something in their rules has nothing to do with the fact that it was illegal.