AP: A-Rod lone holdout on PED case
posted at 1:43 pm on August 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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.