• Suspensions Near, All Expected To Accept Sans A-Rod

    Posted by on July 31st, 2013 · Comments (12)

    Via Deadspin-

    As first reported by the Daily News, Major League Baseball officials met with union leaders in Manhattan yesterday to formally notify them of the forthcoming suspensions. Just how many players will be disciplined is still unknown—the Daily News counts eight, Yahoo “upward of a dozen.”

    Yahoo reports that the “vast majority” of the implicated group, which includes Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, and Everth Cabrera, do not plan on appealing their bans. In exchange they’re expected to receive suspensions of 50 games (or a little more—say, the rest of the 2013 season), which is allowable without a failed test under the “non-analytical positives” section of MLB’s drug policy.

    The Associated Press’s sources say both MLB and the union are trying to reach as many agreements as possible to head off embarrassing, and potentially CBA-shattering grievance hearings. The drug policy indicates that suspensions become effective on the third business day after punishments are handed down, so that makes Friday the most likely day for a public announcement.

    But by all accounts, there’s one player who has no intention of making a deal. Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer said Monday he plans to fight any suspension, and it could get ugly. Because MLB is going after Rodriguez for interfering with its investigation as well as for PED use, it is expected to punish him not under the drug policy, but under a catch-all “best interests of baseball” clause in the CBA. If so, Rodriguez would remain suspended while an appeal is heard by baseball’s independent arbiter. Beyond that, his recourse could be to a federal court, or if the union decides to go to bat for Rodriguez, it could force the re-opening of negotiations on the CBA itself. The remaining $100 million or so Rodriguez’s contract isn’t the only thing at stake; the long labor peace that baseball is so proud of could be in danger as well.

    Jessie J was wrong. It seems like … It is all about the money, money, money…

    Sorry, Coconut man, Moon Heads and Pea…

    Comments on Suspensions Near, All Expected To Accept Sans A-Rod

    1. #15
      July 31st, 2013 | 3:18 pm

      Enough already… MLB, shut up or put up! Damn, this is terrible PR management of what should be a key moment in turning the conversation toward finally showing baseball is hellbent on ending the steroid era. Harsh penalties, big names, major dollars at stake, players union on the defensive, etc…MLB is not making the most of the moment by any stretch of the imagination.

      A-Rod may well be on an island by himself if all of the other players go along with MLB. We might see him posture, stomp his feet, wave his lawyers in the air and threaten legal action right up to the 11th hour, and then agree to accept the penalty. It would be a very tough spot for him if the other guys acknowledge they used, or “made mistakes”, “accept responsibility”, blah, blah, blah… a la Braun, while A-Rod continues to scream he his innocent and being wrongly accused. From Braun, it looks like part of the deal is that the players will openly admit to at least some unspecified wrong-doing. If that happens, A-Rod is boxed in and his lawyers know it. If he accepts, and takes the suspension, the Yankees should offer him 50 cents on the dollar for the balance owed and move on. As I’ve said before, A-Rod really has very little reason to want to keep playing ball and attract negativity/scorn/cold shoulders from fans and media, and maybe teammates, for years to come. No one cares about his stats, the Yankees aren’t going to compete for a WS anytime soon, there will be no farewell tour or A-Rod day at the Stadium, and no HOF induction. Pocket some cash, save bundles on lawyers fees and just fade away.

      There is a lot of ego to stuff in the sack. It will be a bitter pill for him but the best move he can make.

    2. MJ Recanati
      July 31st, 2013 | 3:32 pm

      #15 wrote:

      From Braun, it looks like part of the deal is that the players will openly admit to at least some unspecified wrong-doing.

      Really? Because his initial statement on the day his suspension was announced definitely didn’t have the feeling of an allocution? Braun never specified why he was being suspended, what he did, etc.

      #15 wrote:

      If he accepts, and takes the suspension, the Yankees should offer him 50 cents on the dollar for the balance owed and move on.

      At that point, why would Rodriguez settle for $0.50 when he knows that he can come back, sit on the bench for 2015-2017 and collect 100% of what’s left of his deal. If Rodriguez wants to be bought out, it would cost the Yankees a lot more than 50%.

    3. Evan3457
      July 31st, 2013 | 4:06 pm

      I heard something somewhere that Nelson Cruz might also appeal.

    4. MJ Recanati
      July 31st, 2013 | 4:19 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I heard something somewhere that Nelson Cruz might also appeal.

      MLB Network was saying that the popular opinion in Texas is that he’d be a bad teammate if he didn’t appeal in order to stay on the field.

      I don’t know if he will appeal or not but, if he does, it will be very interesting to see how it all unfolds with Rodriguez and Cruz as co-plaintiffs against MLB (if they sue in federal court).

    5. MJ Recanati
      July 31st, 2013 | 4:25 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Jessie J was wrong. It seems like … It is all about the money, money, money…

      Sorry, Coconut man, Moon Heads and Pea…

      I don’t get the reference. Who are Jessie J, Coconut, Moon Head, and Pea?

    6. July 31st, 2013 | 4:49 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I don’t get the reference. Who are Jessie J, Coconut, Moon Head, and Pea?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMxX-QOV9tI

    7. MJ Recanati
      July 31st, 2013 | 5:17 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      I guess your kids are why you know this?

    8. July 31st, 2013 | 8:20 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Yup. Disney channel sitcoms and pop music fill the air in my house these days…when my son and I are not watching the MLB Network!

    9. Raf
      July 31st, 2013 | 8:21 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      MJ Recanati wrote:
      I don’t get the reference. Who are Jessie J, Coconut, Moon Head, and Pea?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMxX-QOV9tI

      I apologize for your daughter’s taste in music, Steve. :D

      LOL

    10. Raf
      July 31st, 2013 | 8:23 pm

      Rodriguez has nothing to lose by appealing suspension. Might as well see how far either side wants to take it.

    11. #15
      July 31st, 2013 | 9:16 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      #15 wrote:

      From Braun, it looks like part of the deal is that the players will openly admit to at least some unspecified wrong-doing.

      Really? Because his initial statement on the day his suspension was announced definitely didn’t have the feeling of an allocution? Braun never specified why he was being suspended, what he did, etc.

      “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement released by MLB that did not specifically mention Biogenesis. “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”

      MLB will be doing “told you so” backflips, and A-Rod is sunk, if all players suspended/fined make a similar statement. I’d bet that baseball is requiring at least some vague acceptance of wrong-doing by the players as part of the agreement. This is partially payback for the Braun denial, and union support of his questioning the integrity of the PED testing program.

    12. MJ Recanati
      August 1st, 2013 | 8:55 am

      @ #15:
      Did Braun’s statement, which you quoted from, sound like an allocution to you? From what I can tell, he doesn’t admit what his mistakes were or what he’s accepting consequences for.

      Doesn’t sound to me at all like he was forced to explicitly admit his wrongdoing as part of his settlement with Selig.

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