Alex Rodriguez Suspended For 2014 Season

new-york-yankees-logoI’ve got The Little Boy with me visiting friends with a little boy of their own, so this will be brief. The full implications and machinations of the Yankees won’t be clear for a little while anyway, so we’ll circle back to this soon.

But, for now: today the arbitrator handling Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension for PED-related infractions ruled that the suspension should be reduced to 162 games – i.e., the 2014 season. His $27.5 million salary is no longer expected to count against the Yankees’ salary for luxury tax purposes, meaning that, if the Yankees are inclined, they will be able to stay under the $189 million cap.

We’ll see what their plans are with respect to Masahiro Tanaka now. It would be difficult to sign Tanaka and stay under the cap, but the Yankees might not care about that either way. I guess we’ll see.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

108 responses to “Alex Rodriguez Suspended For 2014 Season”

  1. Diehardthefirst

    If Yankees are quick they can trade ARod for Tanaka

    1. Luke


    2. baldtaxguy

      You may need to lay down for a while. :)

  2. Canadian Cubs Fan

    I know it’ll never happen, but it would be great if teams were held a little responsible for PED suspensions, maybe in the form of a cap hit. In this instance, the Yankees actually benefit, even though they clearly knew his history when they re-upped him midway through his last contract.

    1. baldtaxguy

      You would penalize the team for what?

    2. mjhurdle

      i agree with this. At some level, a club has to be held somewhat responsible for their employees actions.
      Otherwise, what would stop some team from simply creating PED allegations against any player they wanted to get out of the contract of?
      Im not sure where to draw the line, because I do feel that the majority of the responsibility belongs on the player. but in instances like this, where the team is obviously benefiting from the suspensions, having some sort of penalty might help prevent the conspiracy theories.

      1. baldtaxguy

        Under your theory, that a team would create PED allegation in order to get out of a contract, you could not make a penalty large enough for a team (in your opinion) to be motivated to attempt this. Then you have defamation lawsuits in situations where the team is clearly wrong.

        Again, why and how should a team be penalized for a player juicing?

        1. Scotti

          Because, in many off the most egregious cases (OAK, StL, BOS, NYY, TEX), there has been a culture of abuse and that goes to the team as well as the individual players.

          1. DocPeterWimsey

            It goes well beyond that. The athletic mentality is to do anything and everything you can to improve your game. Teammates who do not do that are letting down not just themselves, but their teammates. For every guy who thought that those taking where “cheating,” there were many more who thought that those who were not were undedicated.

            1. Scotti

              That is not the “athletic mentality.” That is simply depravity.

              Re. Everyone was doing it. No, they weren’t. The 2004 (IIRC) test proves that. The vast majority were not using. There WERE teams that had a culture of steroid use (even BOS’s gofers were using (one was even used as a runner)).

              1. DocPeterWimsey

                Those are not either/or comparisons: many people consider the two one and the same.

                And it’s simply not true that the majority were not using. If a guy had a bad day misjudging balls, getting bad breaks on the bases, etc., then he made damn sure that EVERYBODY on the team saw him drinking from the “leaded” coffee the next day. To not do so was to show that you didn’t care.

                Quite frankly, I can understand it. If there were brain PEDs that truly made you smarter (not just able to work longer), then I would never vote to tenure a young colleague who was not using them.

                1. Scotti

                  We’re talking about steroids, doc. Yes, dudes had coffee with sugar and some had coffee with uppers. No one had anything that affected performance like steroids–not.even.close. That’s a statistical fact.

                  And the athletic ethos is not depravity. Athletes, on the whole, take better care of their bodies than do the average individual (obvious) and are many times less likely to be involved in violent crimes than non-pro athletes of the same age. The media skews perception but reality is reality. involvement in athletics is, like scouting, 4-H, etc. a character BUILDING event in the lives of millions of American youth.

                  1. DocPeterWimsey

                    It’s an irrelevant fact. Amphetamines are PED: there is no ethical distinction between using one or another. Moreover, amphetamines probably do have as big an effect as steroids: they greatly improve reaction time as well as hand-eye and hand-foot coordination, and baseball is a lot about reactions & coordination. Indeed, the increase in K rates since amphetamines were banned strongly corroborates ideas about how important they are.

                    And the idea that sports can ever be in any way a character-building event is absolutely ludicrous. Sports are a talent show, pure and simple: one of the worst things that one can do to a child is to tell them that any important aspects of “character” are involved in such things. (I’ve done everything I can to stress to my son that this superstition is false.)

                    1. ClevelandCubsFan

                      Truth’s probably in the middle. To some degree, sports gives kids a very measurable and tangible experience that demonstrates that hard work and preparation and perseverance (which are generally seen as part of the American ideals for character) make a difference and are rewarded. And they teach that invaluable lesson that there’s always someone better than you. BUT… I agree we sometimes take this way too far and perceive sports as some sort of magic character-building pill (which sometimes excuses all sorts of horrendous behavior in the name of building character).

                    2. Scotti

                      The notion that amphetamines affect baseball performance ANYWHERE near steroid use is demonstrably false. Offensive numbers increased tremendously–historic numbers–with a fraction of the league using steroids. Nuff said.

                      And scouting, 4-H, sports, the arts, early employment, etc. are all areas that give parents tools to teach their children discipline, determination, effort, etc. Without experiential learning it ain’t gonna happen.

                      As a parent you have chosen a different route. That’s nice. However, millions upon millions of children have learned real-life lessons that have bettered them as people through experiential learning such as sports. Can sports go wrong? He’ll yes. So can scouts, employment, 4-H, etc. Indeed, that is part of the life lessons learned. Things happen. Make the best of it and move on.

                    3. Scotti

                      Cleveland, its the parents’ job to guide their children through these events. If any parent thinks they have a magic pill in sports (or anything) then they are fools (and likely just non-involved parents). Involvement is paramount and, in today’s world, mostly lacking.

                    4. Patrick W.

                      Doc, I disagree with you to this extent: amphetamines allow a player to play to 100% of their natural ability. We all have a dial that goes from 1-10 and what speed does is keep that dial turned up to 10 for as long as possible. What steroids do is add an 11.

                    5. Jason P

                      “Offensive numbers increased tremendously–historic numbers–with a fraction of the league using steroids.”

                      The league was on a lot of things–not just steroids.

                    6. hansman

                      “amphetamines allow a player to play to 100% of their natural ability”

                      I disagree. Anything that you put in to your body that is not part of what could be considered (using the reasonable person standard) a normal diet is, potentially, a PED.

                      Let’s look at drugs, though. I am a relatively creative and funny person (Bill Cosby, I am not but I can get a few laughs). After a few beers, though, let’s say that I become the funniest person ever known to the universe. Is that me reaching 100% of my potential or is that me reaching something that is not ordinarily there?

                    7. Patrick W.

                      I think the beers are enabling a natural ability you have.

                      There is to me a distinction between enabling and enhancing. You probably have times when you are hilarious and dead sober. You loosen up on the strength of the beer, but you have a maximum amount of laughs you can get and that beer is enabling. If you could get more laughs by having Louis CK write your jokes for you, that would be enhancing.

                      Now, let me just say, I do not necessarily draw a distinction between the ethics of enabling and enhancing. I would vote to put Bonds and Clemens and Sosa in the Hall. But I have a great deal of sympathy for the argument that steroid use is more ethically wrong than amphetamine use because of the distinction between enhancing performance and enabling it.

    3. Voice of Reason

      Canadian cubs fan:

      MLB should be investigated. Bud Selig and the owners. That’s what is ridiculous about this whole thing. Arod is taking all the bullets while selig and his boys don’t get anything out of the whole roids situation.

      I’d like there to be an investigation of mlb and what and when they knew. Its funny that mlb investigated the players. Who is going to investigate selig and mlb?

      I wish arod would speak about it!

      1. hansman

        Here’s the thing, at some point, the majority of MLB decided that taking non-prescribed performance enhancing drugs was morally abhorrent. Prior to this point, MLB doesn’t give a rats ass about who took what when (the BBWAA is a different entity).

        At some point after this, ARod decided to take PEDs.

        Throw the damn book at him and then some. This is no different than someone bitching and crying about getting caught for OWI in 2014. Sure, when I grew up, my Dad would drink a beer on the way in to town and the cop would have just taken the beer away. Today, he’d get thrown in jail.

        Do we really need to hear why the drunk drinks and the drives? Or do we just need to say, “You knew the rules now sit down and STFU.”

  3. itzscott

    Yankees need a 3rd baseman big time now.

    The Cubs have a surplus.

    1. Kyle

      They will presumably want a *good* third baseman, something we have none of.

      1. Isaac

        I am certain they would be happy to add any of Olt, Baez or Bryant.

        1. Kyle

          I’m equally certain they wouldn’t.

          Olt is terrible, and they aren’t going to be interested in paying the going rate for a prospect. They will want immediate production at 3b.

          1. JacqueJones

            Well of course they would want Baez and Bryant but that’s not happening. They might be happy to add Olt but they sure wouldnt be happy to give anything up for him. The Cubs shouldnt want to trade Olt, because he has very little value compared to his potential.

          2. Dumpgobbler

            They may be interested in Valbuena. Doubtful the want to go the Olt, Baez, Bryant route.

            1. Scotti

              By MLB draft rules Bryant cannot be traded. Regardless, the Yankees don’t have the resources to get either Bryant or Baez (they would absolutly jump on either for future value if they could).

          3. Isaac

            “Something we have none of”…

            Think what you want about Olt, we still have two studs. Which means, sir, that you were perfectly wrong. Care to admit it for once?

        2. Scotti

          MLB would not allow Bryant to be traded, Baez they can’t afford and Olt is more valuable to the Cubs than his value would be in trade. This doesn’t mean there isn’t a player on the roster they might have an interest in whom they could afford…

      2. itzscott

        They have nothing to offer other teams for a “good” 3rd baseman.

        I don’t think a prospect for prospect trade which includes Olt could be out of the question.

        1. Kyle

          I feel comfortable stating unequivocally that the New York Yankees are not interested in going into 2014 with Mike Olt as their starting 3b. In New York or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

          1. Jason Powers

            Maybe the Gulf Coast Yankees… LOL

            1. itzscott

              Nonetheless, a swap of two once highly regarded prospects on the mend from the standpoint of both organization’s needs could be attractive to both.

              Olt for Banuelos anyone?

              1. Jason Powers

                I think the problem is the Yankees just sign for about 300 million in contracts and may dot that with another $150 million. They are gonna want someone that is MLB plausible/passable as a 3rd baseman. And hoping a prospect – “on the mend” – is somehow their cup of tea is like thinking the Brit Queen desires her tea time talking directly with the commoners. Olt is as common as the come.

          2. Luke

            They’d probably be happy to have him in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. If a portion of Olt’s contact issues were due to his eye problem (as quite a few analysts seem to think), then he could still emerge as pretty nice major league player.

            But I agree that the Yankees are not likely to want to bank on a high-risk possibility like Olt as their major league third baseman.

      3. Voice of Reason

        This website did a story that valbuena should be considered as the starting 3b for our 2014 cubs!!

        You can’t say the cubs don’t have 3b!!

    2. Mike Taylor

      Assman22 said that Luis Valbuena was to be included with Soriano for more prospects last year, but NY didn’t want to give up anything significant even if we parred players.

      1. Serious Cubs Fan

        What ever happened to Assman22? Last I heard from him was the trade deadline. Hope commenters didn’t piss him off when impostors were trying post fake trade info under his name… Hope he didn’t stop posting because of that. It always nice hear when potential insider share what they hear

  4. Greg

    While I’m incredibly sick of talking about PEDs, this still seems like commissioner overreach to me. I loathe the moral superiority that comes with media members editorializing about Alex Rodriguez.

    1. Scotti

      The guy tried to BUY his records from the sleaze that had them. This is, admittedly, his second offense. If you don’t want players using, then there needs to be repercussions for multiple offenders who attempt to disrupt an investigation.

  5. CubFan Paul

    “but the Yankees might not care about that either way”

    They sacrificed the last two years with the goal of a $189M 2014 year. They care.

  6. woody

    We still don’t know what legal action A-rod will take. He’s been threatening to take it to the legal system. It bothers me that guys like him and Braun are still in the game and they leave Pete Rose hanging in the wind. It should be apparent in todays society that Rose had an addiction/ compulsive problem. It’s a shame that players can go to rehab etc. , but Rose gets a lifetime ban.

    1. TSB

      Frame it this way: If all the players used PEDS, their stats would be inflated, but the game would still be won on the field. If all players bet on games like Rose, the games would be so corrupted that baseball would be a joke and wither away. Rose and juicers are apples and oranges.

    2. cubzfan23

      Ahmen on the Rose part

  7. cubzfan23

    Did anyone see the article. It says mlb is planning to ban Arod for life.

  8. CubFanBob

    My two issues here is the suspension should be “50″ games as per rules of a first time caught offender even though he has never tested positive and how Yankees benefit from the whole year suspension. The Yankees benefited from Arod as a player on the juice, still never tested positive, and now benefit from his suspension in regards to getting under the luxury limit. Seems like a bunch of bull shit to me.

    1. cubzfan23

      Not if they have him for more than use. Ever here about recruiting.

    2. woody

      My understanding is that the additional games are related to obstructing the investigation. A-rod says they are going to court next. The drama never ends.

    3. TSB

      The rest of the suspended games are due to the jerk factor, i.e., Arod is a jerk. And in the private industry, it is perfectly permissible to have someone lose their job because you don’t like them.

      1. AdamAE24

        I’m not sure what private industry you’re talking about…but someone absolutely can not lose their job because “you don’t like them.” Now if you don’t like them is because of some other reason, poor job performance (based on things like failure to live up to performance measure, or repeated examples of poor interaction with customers and associates), poor attendance, or . Otherwise, firing someone (essentially what you were intimating) because you don’t like them could really set yourself up for a wrongful termination lawsuit, because without other factors they could likely prove you fired them based on some form of discrimination.

        Additionally I will concede that there are a lot of people without the means or the knowledge to pursue such a lawsuit, and plenty of job types where there isn’t much documentation that would lead to a he said she said. But in a corporate setting where there is an H.R., it would likely be impossible for someone to lose their job because “you didn’t like them.” Now if you were the boss, and your employee took drugs that were illegal, you’d certainly have cause.

        1. AdamAE24

          *…or a personal confrontation that they started with you impacting your ability to do your job.

        2. Kyle

          IANAL, but I think this varies by state? In at-will states, you can terminate for any reason that isn’t specifically a protected class, and “because I don’t like you” would be allowable.

          1. Internet Random

            That’s about the size of it… assuming no contract.

        3. Internet Random

          In at-will (most) states, you absolutely can fire someone because you don’t like him or her.

          You can, in fact, fire them for no reason.

      2. danimal8

        Not a unionized employee


    Plausible deniability isn’t a card that the baseball owners should be allowed to use.

    1. Brandon

      I absolutly agree! This has been one of my arguements about not allowing PED users into the HOF. Everybody knew what was going on. The owners, mlb officals, and the writers who vote on it, baseball was in a shit load of trouble until the large volume of hr’s started to fill the parks. These writers praised these players accomplishments, the owners and MLB made a ton of money off of the players and now that Congress has made their point everybody just wants to shit on these players. I will mever walk into a MLB stadium again until people get their heads out of their asses and allow these players in. Hell one of the major teams that had PED users on it, Texas, had their owner go on to be President of the United States and no one seemed to care about PED use back then.

  10. Ivy Walls

    If ARoid, files Fed suit, it still puts NYY in a place of uncertainty in that if ARoid identifies a hole in the due process and fairness portion of the ruling he could file for an injunction and force the NYY to pay and therefore put their salary cap issue in play. A smart GM would say we still have to manage as if we are paying him his $25+ M,

    1. Serious Cubs Fan

      I hope Arod wins and sticks it to the idiots in the Yankees front office who gave him that ridiculous deal. The Yankees front office has no one to blame but themselves on that signing. People inside the game already heard rumbling of Arod PED usage and they still gave him that monster deal

  11. Diehardthefirst

    Everyone assumes suspension is without pay- that could exceed Arbitrator authority.

    1. Serious Cubs Fan

      Arod’s contract should still count against their payroll IMO, even if they don’t have to pay him this season. Punishment for their own stupidity

    2. DarthHater

      Everyone assumes that reality is real, facts are facts, and you’re just making shit up — and everyone is right.

      1. DarthHater

        All suspensions under MLB’s joint drug agreement are without pay.

  12. Diehardthefirst

    That only covers first 50 games

    1. DarthHater

      Section 7.H.2: “All suspensions imposed pursuant to this Section 7 shall be without pay.” And Section 7 includes suspensions longer than 50 games.

  13. cubfanincardinalland–29-cubs–cheap-club-looks-like-it-s-on-verge-of-another-woeful-year-165308395.htmlownership in this article.

    Jeff Passan really let the Cubs ownership have it in this article. I disagree with him on the Cub fans jumping ship. Most journalists really don’t understand what a Cub fan will put up with.

    1. woody

      Funny how that hasn’t gotten much play in the comments section. There was some discussion yesterday. I’m glad that Passan was kind enough not to dump on Theo and Jed. They are simply doing the best they can with the restrictions placed upon them. It will be interesting to see what happens after the Tanaka saga is over. My opinion is that they will sign someone like Baker and stand pat for this season. Shark will have three months to prove that he should be paid like a TOR pitcher. This is the last year fans will put up with this Astro type of business plan. I remember when Ricketts bought the team he said that all profits would be rolled back into the team. Has that happened? I realize that he is on the hook for the renovations. A lot will be determined soon. And for that I’m looking forward to see what happens. Do Castro and Rizzo rebound? Do Baez, Alcantara and Bryant make an impact? After selling hope and change for nearly three years now does the FO have the balls to actually leave those three guys in the minors all year? Is the rooftops situation resolved? Every season has surprises and disapointments. Let’s play ball.

    2. Jason Powers

      Funny stuff…

      Wonder if Tom ‘Terrific’ Ricketts reads Mr. Passan.

      Charlie Brown vs. Cubs? Who wins? (There’s no tying in baseball!)

    3. hansman

      He didn’t “really let the ownership have it”

      He basically put up a trolling post about how the Cubs once spent money and aren’t now. It’s a paper cut and your comments make it seem as If he took a chainsaw to someone’s arm.

  14. Jason Powers

    Jeff Passan puts creative pen to work: “Seven years ago, when the Chicago Cubs were the Chicago Cubs, which is to say a team that acted like it played in the country’s third-biggest city and its most historic ballpark instead of slumming it like some small-market charity case burdened by the vagaries of its own miserably leveraged purchase, they did something that seems so novel today: acted like they wanted to get better.”–29-cubs–cheap-club-looks-like-it-s-on-verge-of-another-woeful-year-165308395.html

    1. ClevelandCubsFan

      But let’s not miss that he also wrote:

      “…Epstein and Hoyer continue to deserve the trust of the skeptics. Because soon, the Cubs could again be very good. No team in baseball can match its collection of hitting prospects, with Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara. If even two or three of their current everyday players… improve, suddenly come the kids’ arrival, they’re a wildly interesting team, especially should new manager Rick Renteria prove the sort of clubhouse presence the Cubs expect.”

      1. Jason Powers

        I didn’t miss it – and I linked it. I chose to focus on Passan’s creative talents, not the listing off names…that Cubs fans know well.

        IF is the only word needed to sum up that whole paragraph you cut and pasted.

        1. mjhurdle

          I’m thinking one must have to focus pretty hard to find either the creativity or the talent from that article.
          I usually like Passan, but that was a pretty poor offering.
          I have seen better posts in the comment section detailing the opinion of the Cubs being cheap, and in far less words than Passan had to use.
          Besides that, he doesn’t even go all-in with his opinion. he takes the Cubs to task for not spending big, but then touts the fact that, with only a couple of breaks, the Cubs are poised to be a very good team going forward.
          He is either not interested or not capable of fully explaining or validating his opinion.
          As far as articles go, this one was pretty weak.

  15. Jason Powers

    And this one cracks me up:

    “And a bunch of minor league deals. Like, 14 of them. Because they’re saving up an extra $5,000 for St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud? Perhaps they want the foie gras sausage at Hot Doug’s. Or maybe there’s no good answer at all and just an outbreak of dyspepsia from fans swallowing all of the garbage excuses being fed their way.”

    1. woody

      Was definatly on a roll.

  16. DarthHater

    A-Rod had been invited to play for the Long Island Ducks.

  17. Diehardthefirst

    Now that the Arbitrator ruled Buds is longer– There is going to be a deal to end this once and for all before Spring Training so ARod can play in Japan in 2014,and if he wants back 2015 to MLB for another team and he gets paid something by Japanese team next year. ARod has a point of double standard given pass by MLB to Sosa Palmiero and others who also impeded investigations by lying and conspiring to lie.

    1. half_full_beer_mug

      When did Sosa lie?

      1. Diehardthefirst

        Recall the congressional televised testimony?

        1. half_full_beer_mug

          When he said he didn’t speak or understand English well? That’s not a lie.

          When he read a statement prepared by his lawyers? that’s not a lie either.

          Whether you think he told the “whole truth” or not does not equal lying in front of Congress.

    2. Scotti

      There was never a MLB investigation into Sosa’s alleged usage. Thus, Sosa did not impede any investigation into his usage.

      ARod actually attempted to buy the evidence used against him. There’s no double standard there.

      1. MichiganGoat

        Except in Die Hardian World all things are possible

    3. ClevelandCubsFan

      I’m not sure ARod can play in Japan. As long as he’s still a Yankee, the Yankees would have to let him play in Japan I think. If the Yankees really wanted to screw with him, I guess they could keep him on the roster and when 2015 comes around, designate him for assignment. Just ensure he never plays meaningful baseball again unless it’s in Cansecoworld.

      1. ClevelandCubsFan

        Scratch that. They can’t designate him without his consent. Which he wouldn’t give.

  18. bobby

    Using performance enhancing drugs is obviously a personal decision and the penalty should focus on the individual but it is hard to believe the clubs were not aware on some level of the drug use. Ownership, team doctors, managers, assistant coaches and their peers had to catch the usage at some point and if they didn’t then they aren’t doing there jobs effectively. There should be a penalty imposed on clubs for employing the player caught using. This type of penalty would force teams to self regulate and assist in bringing back some integrity to the locker room. The player is a representation/personification of the club. (Shady player = shady club) Currently, it is acceptable to employ these cheaters and try to not get caught. The motivation should be to not employ users. The individual player scandals should effect the teams more. The penalties should be severe for player and team.

    (side note)- it really bugs me when the ‘old-timers’ hate on the performance enhancing drug era. Yes, we need to get rid of it and its embarrassing but don’t pretend you have such high integrity that if it was available in your time you wouldn’t do it too. If PED’s were around back in the day many of our hero’s would be tainted by the same scandal our current players are. This scandal is effecting all generations. If your generation didn’t participate it at least contributed. The Future is now the concern.

  19. Diehardthefirst

    And the dog ate your homework- I watched the testimony and they all were asked if ever used and all said no — few years later McGuire admitted he lied –due to use Sosas head and neck grew 5 inches in 5 yrs- but his nose was longer than Pinnochios

    1. BT

      That’s not proof. That’s not an investigation. That’s you noticing something. Did Sosa use? Almost certainly. But there is nothing remotely legal in “I’m pretty sure his neck got bigger”. They had legal proof that ARod lied.

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    1. Don Eaddy

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            1. Patrick W.

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  21. Diehardthefirst

    ARod could just say screw it and walk away. There has to be a reason other than money which he has and which will still come in after 2014 and playing some more which is keeping him going- possibly his sights are on getting Congress to remove antitrust exemption and shed more light on the corruption in the commish office-

    1. MichiganGoat

      Ummmm yeah that’s the ticket. ARod’s mission is to bring down the corruption of MLB, you cracked the case!

  22. Diehardthefirst

    His tax adviser hopefully advised him that the 25 million loss can be spread out over next 10 yrs to be a nice offset against income thru 2017 and beyond- Arbitrators ruling may need cour intervention because if Yanks make playoffs every game played makes suspension more than 162 games- if suspended for a season that could be too ambiguous to enforce- is ARod paid by the game or season? Lots of unanswered questions

  23. Are the Cubs Just Cheap? And Other Bullets | Bleacher Nation | Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Commentary

    […] can see statements here from Alex Rodriguez, MLB, the Yankees, and Tony Bosch on the arbitrators decision yesterday to reduce ARod’s suspension to 162 games. The latter three are pretty much what you’d […]

  24. Diehardthefirst

    Bosch on 60 Min today paints quite a depressing picture about ARod- if half of what he says is true then AR should reimburse Yankees entire contract unless Yankees knew in which case suspension is a farce- I suspect the latter

  25. half_full_beer_mug

    This whole 60 minute interview is a PR job to sway public opinion towards MLB. I don’t see how this is “legal” in a matter that still could go to federal court.

    Not to mention that it’s a TV interview and the people on camera can outright lie with no repercussion.

  26. Diehardthefirst

    Here is the gaping hole in the position of MLB- why isn’t ARod banned for life and why aren’t the Yankees penalized? If what he did was so bad then ban him like Was done to the White Sox by Landis- and why not make Yanks pay? They knew and benefitted by his play- force them to forfeit draft choices and to pay his 2014 salary to the old timers pension fund as lesson to all teams to police their players better

    1. half_full_beer_mug

      I think there are a whole lot of holes in MLB’s case.

      1. DCF

        The story itself is full of holes and cringeworthy to say the least.
        For a sports organization like MLB, the way to deal with PEDs should be to test the players for banned substances and if they get caught, they’re punished. That sounds kinda obvious, but is still not happening up to this day. There are tests, but they are definitely not up to the standard that has been established for example in Western European sports, which include unannounced testing during training camps, the off-season etc.

        On the other hand, the whole Biogenesis scandal raises more questions than are answered. Most importantly do PEDs really help your game and if yes, how much? And if there is one well-organized clinic that does it’s PED-business with clients from MLB, why wouldn’t there be others? Or team doctors or personal physicians? It’s reasonable to suspect that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Just take a look a other sports like cycling.

    2. ClevelandCubsFan

      MLB banned him for what–212 games? An arbiter said that was too much and kicked it down to 162. If MLB had banned him for life, wouldn’t a good arbiter still have said, “Whoa, that’s excessive. Let’s make it 162 games?” After all, that’s what an arbiter does, arbitrate an equitable solution (hopefully). I don’t know that they had the authority to ban him for life anyway. I could be wrong.

      Why didn’t the Yankees get penalized? Because no one has demonstrated the Yankees did anything wrong. If the Yankees are shown to have encouraged PED use or turned a blind eye to it, that would be a different case. No one has proven that. And not even A-Rod has suggested it. So, you need some evidence.

      What happened with the White Sox is arguably different. Gambling on the game is like the unpardonable sports sin because it invalidates the entire competition. A-Rod can juice, but his team could still lose or not make the World Series or whatever. Betting against yourself or taking money to tank means there is no competition. Everything that looks like competition is farce.

      Both are bad. But what the Black Sox or Pete Rose did is goes to another level.

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