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AP: A-Rod lone holdout on PED case

posted at 1:43 pm on August 5, 2013 by

It’s not exactly a secret why Alex Rodriguez isn’t signing onto the deal offered by Major League Baseball to the 14 players implicated in the Biogenesis of America performance-enhancing drug scandal.  The other 13 will get 50-game suspensions, while A-Rod wouldn’t be eligible to return until 2015:

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that all players targeted for drug suspensions other than Alex Rodriguez have accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball. …

MLB informed the Yankees on Sunday that Rodriguez will be suspended for his links to the Biogenesis of America clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs, a person familiar with that decision said. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because no statement was authorized.

The Yankees weren’t told the exact length of the suspension, though they were under the impression it will be through the 2014 season, the person said.

That would put A-Rod’s time on the shelf at 200 games or so.  At 38 years old, that’s coming close to a career-ender. He’s 115 dingers behind Barry Bonds’ tainted lifetime record at the moment, and that suspension means an end to A-Rod’s attempt to win the home-run crown for himself, and perhaps playing the the majors at all. What incentive did he have to accept such a “deal” at all?  And why is his penalty so much longer than anyone else’s?  It should be interesting to get answers to those questions.

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He’s 115 dingers behind Barry Bonds’ tainted lifetime record at the moment

As far as I’m concerned that lifetime home run record still belongs to Hank Aaron with 755 and Roger Maris still has the single season record at 61.

PackerBronco on August 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

One of the allegations – allegations – I read was that A-Rod recommended Biogenesis to other players and athletes (supposedly it’s not just baseball players).

If true, that probably explains the harsher penalty.

SteveMG on August 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

A-Rod is toast. He’ll never play MLB again. Like Ed said he is no spring chicken, and is probably at the end of his baseball career. Maybe some team in Taiwan or Korea will give him a shot if he wants to go on.

simkeith on August 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

It should be interesting to watch him play this evening against the Chicago White Sox… Stay tuned, it may be the last time A-Rod plays.

CiLH1 on August 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

As far as I’m concerned that lifetime home run record still belongs to Hank Aaron with 755 and Roger Maris still has the single season record at 61.

PackerBronco on August 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Because greenies are OK.

Red Cloud on August 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM

A-Rod is toast. He’ll never play MLB again.

Sounds like he’s going to play today. Selig is going to let him have his farewell tour. It’s pathetic.

lowandslow on August 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

12 in this round, Ed, all getting 50-game suspensions. Ryan Braun (#13) earlier got a through-the-end-of-the-World-Series suspension (65 regular season games; the post-season doesn’t matter because , mostly because he beat his original 50-game suspension thanks to a union-loving arbitrator and because he needed the extra time to heal his thumb.

The reason why A-Rod’s suspension is longer is he’s the only one to not cut a deal, he did PEDs for a decade, and he recruited others to take PEDs from Biogenesis.

Steve Eggleston on August 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I forgot to mention A-Rod did more to hide his use of PEDs than the others.

Steve Eggleston on August 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

For those of you going to the Yankees-White Sox game tonight, here are the recommended chants:

- When A-Rod is at the plate, “JUUUUUUUUUUUICE!”
- When A-Rod makes an out or boots a ball, “LOOOOOOOOW-TEEEEEEEEE!”

Apply these to the other 13 when/if they return.

Steve Eggleston on August 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I’m generally ambivalent about PED usage (my only real concern is that it sets a bad image for kids to emulate), but rules are rules, and they really ought to throw the book at A-Rod as hard as they can (and I’m a Yankee fan).

A-Rod admitted to steroid use in 2009, then despite his claims of sorrow and repentance, he continued to use them. He’s a liar AND a cheat.

Red Cloud on August 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Sounds like he’s going to play today. Selig is going to let him have his farewell tour. It’s pathetic.

lowandslow on August 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

It’s mostly out of Selig’s hands. The last 2 times a Commissioner used the “best interests of baseball” to ban a player, an independent arbitrator overturned it less than a half-season after it was imposed. A drug suspension does give the suspended player a collectively-bargained right to appeal and thus play during the appeal.

Steve Eggleston on August 5, 2013 at 2:11 PM

“…because the Brewers aren’t making the postseason and even if Braun didn’t have this cloud or his injured thumb, his very-long-term, very-big-money contract means no team would take him in a trade,…”

Steve Eggleston on August 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

PED? Does that include Wheaties?

Until Pete is in the Hall, I don’t give a fat rats ass what MLB does to itself.

BobMbx on August 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

He’s 115 dingers behind Barry Bonds’ tainted lifetime record at the moment, and that suspension means an end to A-Rod’s attempt to win the home-run crown for himself, and perhaps playing the the majors at all.

Even without the suspension you’re being a very generous there. I think it’s more likely he was hoping top get to 700 and maybe pass Ruth. More important is the 3000 hit mark. He’s at 2901 now. He’s see by McGwire, Bonds etc that HRs alone will not overcome the steroids and get you into the Hall of Fame. Bonds was stopped 5 short of 3000. I think he figures with 700 HRs and 3000 hits there is no way they can keep him out of the HoF. He’s sorely mistaken. He could have 3000 hits AND the lifetime HR record and the only way he ever gets into the HoF is if he buys a ticket like everybody else.

Rocks on August 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

As far as I’m concerned that lifetime home run record still belongs to Hank Aaron with 755 and Roger Maris still has the single season record at 61.

PackerBronco on August 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I’m with you.

Fazman on August 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

It ain’t the game we played, boys. I’ll still go to a single-A minor league game nearby because it’s convenient and kinda fun. Otherwise I have no use for MLB.

Marcola on August 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I’m with you.

Fazman on August 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

So you’re cool with players who regularly used amphetamines then.

Red Cloud on August 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Remember that at some point, you’ve made enough money… and at some point you’ve hit enough home runs… you have to be willing to spread “the wealth” around. /Ø

ExpressoBold on August 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

“So you’re cool with players who regularly used amphetamines then.”
Amphetamines were not illegal in MLB until 1971. Just about every person playing at the time used them. All things being equal, I would not call that cheating. If you do not want performance enhancing drugs being used period, then what about coffee? 5 hr energy drink? Most reasonable people cans see a difference between steroids and the amphetamines used back in the day. People who only see things in black and white cannot. There is the real world and your world if you see things that way.

duggersd on August 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Until Pete is in the Hall, I don’t give a fat rats ass what MLB does to itself.

BobMbx on August 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Agreed.

ladyingray on August 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

“So you’re cool with players who regularly used amphetamines then.”
Amphetamines were not illegal in MLB until 1971. Just about every person playing at the time used them. All things being equal, I would not call that cheating. If you do not want performance enhancing drugs being used period, then what about coffee? 5 hr energy drink? Most reasonable people cans see a difference between steroids and the amphetamines used back in the day. People who only see things in black and white cannot. There is the real world and your world if you see things that way.

duggersd on August 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I’m sorry, but that’s just bull. Greenies are performance enhancers. They were used during the marathon of a season to give extra energy, especially day games after a night game. If you’re trying to claim that Amphetamines aren’t a big deal because they weren’t banned by baseball, then you shouldn’t care about Clemens, Bonds, Sosa, McGuire, etc. because they were all using steroids before baseball banned them.

njrob on August 6, 2013 at 7:20 AM

As far as I’m concerned that lifetime home run record still belongs to Hank Aaron with 755 and Roger Maris still has the single season record at 61.

PackerBronco on August 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

This.

Chris of Rights on August 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Until Pete is in the Hall, I don’t give a fat rats ass what MLB does to itself.

BobMbx on August 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

That.

Chris of Rights on August 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

While I have no beef re: pro athletes and “PED”s, Rodriguez knew the rules full well and the consequences.
It’s no secret that “A-Rod” wants to continue to collect his ridiculous $29 mil per year salary, and that the Yanks can’t get rid of him soon enough.
“Performance Enhancing Drugs” are not what most think they are:
One must still “do the work”. You can’t simply inject (or take orally) variations of testosterone and expect positive results unless you train very hard. Sadly, that fact, and take it from who knows, is lost on most observers and MFM commentators.
The average career of pro athletes is short enough, mostly in football, but still, one must work out until they vomit to achieve positive results.
Years ago (30+) when competitive power-lifting branched off into “drug-free” competitions, no one paid attention, or paid the money to attend an event live. There’s a reason for that. They are not the strongest men in the world in any weight class.
Thirty years ago, I saw Dave Waddington squat 1,000 pounds. A momentous occasion indeed. Would he have accomplished that record-breaking feat sans anabolic steroids? Of course not. Did I care? Of course not.
Pro athletes are independent contractors. What they do on their own time is no ones business. That said, again, those who were caught knew full well the consequences. They rolled the dice and lost.
BTW – I wish the talking heads would cease talking about “doping”. Blood Doping is a whole ‘nother matter having nothing to do with anabolic steroids. Neither does real HGH (Human Growth Hormone).
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Karl Magnus on August 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM