Alex Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game suspension related to MLB’s latest performance-enhancing drugs scandal, and a picture of his defense is finally starting to emerge. Or is it?
The grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
In a hearing room before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, lawyers for Alex Rodriguez will argue, starting Monday, why the suspension imposed by Major League Baseball on Aug. 5 should be overturned.
“I think that’s behind us now,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve shut everything down. I want everything to be 100 percent on baseball and that’s what I want my guys to focus on.”
Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer said Major League Baseball’s evidence against the Yankees’ slugger is so weak that he shouldn’t serve even one inning of his 211-game suspension.
The Yankees star will appeal the ban, which takes effect Thursday. He’ll be allowed to play during the grievance process and made his season debut Monday night in Chicago.
Alex Rodriguez figures to have a one-of-a-kind day on Monday. He’ll receive a lengthy suspension from baseball and then head to the ballpark to play for the Yankees for the first time this season.
Pressure to get suspensions over with before the playoffs could force an end to negotiations in baseball’s latest drug scandal. MLB is expected to announce its suspensions on Monday, according to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman.
How did we end up here? How did we get to the point where a minor league game in August could be the last chance to see one of the greatest players in baseball history?
Alex Rodriguez might not make it back to the Yankees this year. Or ever. MLB is threatening to kick A-Rod out of the game for life unless he agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport’s latest drug scandal.
Do something for the fans, the ones who faithfully come out and sit in those expensive seats, whether behind the plate or in the bleachers, to watch this injury-depleted, controversy-entangled team. Do something to show them they count.
It’s been a lot to digest — that’s for sure. In question-and-answer form, here is a look at the issues and implications of Major League Baseball’s possible suspension of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
“If (A-Rod’s team is) going to fight this thing like they claim they’re going to,” Madden told WFAN radio, “then it’s going to get very ugly.”
A-Rod may have to start serving a suspension as soon as it is announced rather than wait for a grievance to play out. And merely threatening that position might give MLB leverage to force a deal.
Why the rush? The league apparently wants to give some players the option of serving a 50-game ban before the season ends, the New York Post reported. Just don’t expect it for A-Rod.