NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig knows whether Alex Rodriguez will be suspended in the sport’s latest performance-enhancing drugs scandal.
He’s just not saying — yet.
On “Late Show with David Letterman,” Selig opened up about MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis, the Florida anti-aging clinic accused of supplying PEDs to some of baseball’s biggest stars.
Selig wouldn’t budge Monday when pressed about A-Rod, who could get a lengthy ban despite denying ties to the clinic. However, the commish admitted to Letterman that he knows whether the Yankees third baseman faces suspension.
Here’s the entire exchange:
David Letterman: “What’s going to happen to Alex Rodriguez? Is he ever going to play for the Yankees?”
Bud Selig: “Only time will tell. We’re in the midst of a very thorough and tough investigation on all of this, because I really believe that it’s not only the right thing to do, but we’re going to do it. And that’s all I can tell you.”
DL: “And now let me ask you this. On his side of things, isn’t there a sum of money that’s at stake here if he doesn’t play again this season?”
BS: “That’s going to be between him and the New York Yankees. There is, yes.”
DL: “And that sum of money is incalculable?”
BS: “No, it’s not incalculable. I, um…”
DL: “It’s over $100 million?”
BS: “It’s over $100 million. And it’s been calculated by everybody, yes.”
DL: “I don’t know how this works. The Yankees will figure out something? Is he one that might be suspended?”
BS: “I’d rather not say who…”
DL: “You know, don’t you? I can tell you know.”
BS: “I do. I do. I do. The answer is I do.”
DL: “And how many players will be affected by the upcoming suspensions? We believe that after the All-Star Game there will be a reckoning. Am I right about that?”
BS: “At some point in the future.”
DL: “And how many are we talking about?”
BS: “We don’t know yet. We don’t know yet.”
DL: “More than a dozen or less than a dozen?”
BS: “We don’t know. I’ll say this, you are persistent.”
Some have speculated that Selig might attempt to ban A-Rod for life. With his history of injuries, even a 100- or 150-game suspension could mean the end of Rodriguez’s career. He’s currently playing rehab games following offseason hip surgery.
The 37-year-old will have four years and $86 million left on his contract with the Yankees after this season.
Selig was in New York for the upcoming All-Star Game at Citi Field.
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