Reports: A-Rod Facing 214-Game Ban; MLB Done Negotiating
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – According to the New York Daily News, Major League Baseball is finished negotiating with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez following his latest outburst.
Major League Baseball Players Association chief Michael Weiner reportedly reached out to MLB on Rodriguez’s behalf Saturday and was rebuffed. Weiner had hoped to negotiate a settlement, but A-Rod’s recent comments appear to have angered the league, the Daily News reported.
“There’s a lot of layers to this. As far as all the legal stuff, it’s confusing,” Rodriguez said. “I will say this: there is more than one party that benefits from me never stepping back on the field. That’s not my teammates. That’s not the Yankees fans.”
Commissioner Bud Selig is ready to slap Rodriguez with 214-game ban on Monday, according to multiple reports. His suspension would run through the 2014 season if it holds up in front of an arbitrator.
A-Rod reportedly also reached out to negotiate with the Yankees and was denied.
Standing Room Only Crowd Greets A-Rod With Cheers And Jeers In Trenton
Fans traveled from far and wide to see Rodriguez play in a rehab game with the Trenton Thunder on Saturday.
“We drove down from Connecticut because we thought this might be his last game tonight,” one fan told CBS 2′s Amy Dardashtian.
A standing room only crowd was on hand to watch Rodriguez play in a game that, if the league hands down a lifetime ban, could be his last.
The stadium was packed with a mixture of A-Rod lovers and haters, some there to support Rodriguez, others who said it was time for him to go.
“To cheat and try to get ahead by cheating, that’s not right, he should face his consequences just like everyone else,” Jason Kolb said.
Rodriguez walked four times as some Yankees fans remained conflicted over allegations against A-Rod.
“Unfortunately, he’s A-Rod and he’s singling A-Rod out to set an example and I don’t agree with that, I just don’t,” West New York resident John Gonzalez said.
Rodriguez has adamantly denied using steroids, a claim that many have had difficulty believing.
“I think the entire universe knows he took steroids, he even admitted it a couple of years ago that he took steroids,” Andy Hoffman said.
For one fan a trip to the ball park netted a big souvenir.
“After the inning he came over to me and he gave me his glove,” Armaan Rijhwani said, “It’s very important because I’m a big fan and I love the Yankees.”
A-Rod is aiming to rejoin the Yankees on Monday in Chicago when they are scheduled to take on the White Sox.
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