• The A-Rod Circus

    Posted by on August 5th, 2013 · Comments (18)

    Via Jon Heyman -

    Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal his 214-game drug suspension related to the Biogenesis case and play Monday night for the Yankees against the White Sox, according to people involved the case. But he may be the only one of 13 or so players to appeal.

    While a couple of Biogenesis-linked players suggested behind closed doors they were seriously considering appeal, with a few hours to go before the announcement there was no confirmation anyone was joining A-Rod in appealing his suspension.

    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has told people he will not appeal after some earlier reports suggested he might. He is said to have received encouragement to possibly appeal from some teammates who are concerned about their pennant push, but he must understand it would be difficult to fight this case.

    Rodriguez will be announced as suspended through the 2014 season for what is described as “massive violations” of the baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. The other players are all in line to receive 50-game bans, which will contain their penalty within the 2013 season.

    Rodriguez has told people he doesn’t believe he deserves a ban for more than the 50 games the others are receiving since he has never previously been suspended, and further suggested he deserves “less than [Ryan] Braun,” referring to the Brewers star who agreed to a 65-game ban in the case.

    The evidence is said to suggest Rodriguez is said to have bought or used steroids in 2010, 2011 and 2012. However, all of it will be heard at a hearing within 20 days. Baseball’s arbitrator, Fredric Horowitz will then have 25 days to render a verdict.

    MLB plans to make the announcement this afternoon, at which time they could lay out a bit of their case against Rodriguez. Word is that there’s corroborating evidence, including texts, well beyond the testimony of former Biogenesis proprietor Tony Bosch.

    Nine of the other players to be suspended are known: Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, plus minor leaguers Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino de los Santos and Cesar Puello.

    Three other players’ name are expected to be on the suspeneded list. Those players have yet to be definitely identified in media reports. But it won’t be Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera or Yasmani Grandal, who are linked to Biogenesis but considered to have served their time with their past suspensions.

    Rodriguez will be eligible to play while on appeal, which could take up to three weeks according to the drug agreement. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters Sunday that A-Rod was being penciled into the lineup Monday night.

    “It’s going to be a circus,” one Yankees person predicted.

    At this point, I am sick and tired of this whole situation. And, for what it’s worth, that expression – “sick and tired” – is one that people throw around pretty loosely at times. But, I am truly and sincerely, sick and tired, of this whole A-Rod mess.

    On one hand, I can’t believe that this self-serving pathological and narcissistic ass-hat is going to get to play in a major league game tonight. (Although, I totally understand “why” – it’s the way that the system works, coupled with MLB’s fear to do anything that might be seen as going outside the system.) Yet, on the other hand, I know that the Yankees created this mess when they extended A-Rod after 2007. (And, don’t let the Yankees fool you here – they were more than happy with the juiced up A-Rod when he was hitting 50 homeruns a season and when he was an inhuman wrecking ball in the 2009 post-season.)  So, I sorta/kinda want to say they’re getting what they deserve.

    At this point, I don’t even want to read, hear, or see any of this any more. And, the only “blessing” here is that the Yankees season is already down the crapper and this sideshow isn’t going to mess with a post-season run or something like that.

    Just tell me when it’s all over.

    Comments on The A-Rod Circus

    1. redbug
      August 5th, 2013 | 11:06 am

      While the Yankees may deserve this, I sure don’t.

      Love your description of Arod…” this self-serving pathological and narcissistic ass-hat”

      I looked up ass-hat in the Urban Dictionary… “One whose head is so far up their rear end it could pass for a hat; used to describe a person who is stubborn, cruel, or otherwise unpleasant to be around.”

      That too.

    2. #15
      August 5th, 2013 | 11:30 am

      I guess one of the consequences of a paying a guy $0.35 billion (plus endorsements, car dealerships, etc…) is that he’s happy to throw a couple of million into lawyers to fight anyone that, right or wrong, dares mess with him.

      I think the best case scenario is that he’s out for this year and next, and then he and the Yankees work out a payout on the balance and he fades away.

    3. August 5th, 2013 | 11:46 am

      I would love to see Jose Quintana drill him with the first pitch that he sees tonight. No head hunting. Sticking it in his ribs would be fine. But, it won’t happen.

    4. Evan3457
      August 5th, 2013 | 12:29 pm

      I wonder if A-Rod can go Jose Canseco, and, if banned, reveal the names of everyone he knows is using PEDs, or has used them.

      It’s probably a list just as long as Canseco’s.

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      If other teams walked him every time up, he can’t make his HR bonuses, or even prove he can’t play anymore, and retire with his contract intact.

      Another great idea that could never happen.

    5. August 5th, 2013 | 12:47 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I wonder if A-Rod can go Jose Canseco, and, if banned, reveal the names of everyone he knows is using PEDs, or has used them.

      I have thought about this too. And, I would not put it past him.

    6. MJ Recanati
      August 5th, 2013 | 12:47 pm

      If this report by Heyman is true — that Rodriguez will be suspended but will have an appeals process — that would mean that Selig’s threat of a lifetime ban (if the suspension wasn’t accepted) was a pointles bluff. Having said that, it’s good that Selig appears to want to avoid the so-called nuclear option which, though he would’ve won, would’ve been damaging to baseball.

    7. MJ Recanati
      August 5th, 2013 | 12:48 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I wonder if A-Rod can go Jose Canseco, and, if banned, reveal the names of everyone he knows is using PEDs, or has used them.It’s probably a list just as long as Canseco’s.

      I would be fine with that, if that’s the route he chose. I highly doubt he’d do that, however.

    8. redbug
      August 5th, 2013 | 12:50 pm

      ABC News is reporting MLB is putting its announcement off till later in the day. Maybe there are talks going on between Arod and MLB.

    9. August 5th, 2013 | 12:58 pm

      redbug wrote:

      ABC News is reporting MLB is putting its announcement off till later in the day. Maybe there are talks going on between Arod and MLB.

      Something is up, that’s for sure.

    10. KPOcala
      August 5th, 2013 | 12:59 pm

      Interesting points. I also find it interesting that MLB took decades to suddenly find a great marketing idea, using Jackie Robinson as a marketing tool. Totally cynical of me? Well, these are the same kindreds who watched steroids grow in the sport for decades, and only after guys were hitting baseballs that looked like golf balls, at absurd rates, did they express outrage. Selig has got to be the “A-Rod” of double-speak………

    11. Raf
      August 5th, 2013 | 1:16 pm

      @ KPOcala:
      Impressive that Selig and Co got people to think that PED’s, steroids or whatever term they’re using, has only been around for the last 20 or so years.

    12. redbug
      August 5th, 2013 | 1:30 pm

      I give Selig credit for trying to rid the game of PED’s. From what I read and players are fed-up w/ users, too. I think all of this will make players think twice before using PED’s. I hope kids do too.

    13. Corey
      August 7th, 2013 | 4:18 pm

      Does anyone know if they test a player while they are suspended? Have to right?

    14. August 7th, 2013 | 4:26 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Does anyone know if they test a player while they are suspended? Have to right?

      Not sure. But, I have a feeling, if A-Rod gets anything his way out of this, MLB is going to have him tested on a weekly basis.

    15. August 7th, 2013 | 4:27 pm

      Also, FWIW, supposedly, A-Rod has been using this stuff since (at least 2009). So much for the testing, eh?

    16. MJ Recanati
      August 7th, 2013 | 4:43 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      So much for the testing, eh?

      Exactly. Most of the Biogenesis guys were busted for non-analytical positives which basically tells you that the testing is useless.

    17. August 7th, 2013 | 5:36 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      And, that you really need to be stupid to fail the test.

    18. Ricketson
      August 7th, 2013 | 6:45 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      And, that you really need to be stupid to fail the test.

      Yep. Marion Jones passed approx. 423 drug tests, if I recall correctly…

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