“He should step down immediately, today, right now,” New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat said Thursday of Commissioner Bud Selig. “We shouldn’t allow him to just exit in so-called glory and retire.”
Alex Rodriguez and his band of lawyers returned to 245 Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday morning to resume his arbitration appealing his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball.
“The letter was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt,” Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina said in a statement.
A-Rod has sought the services of lawyer Joseph Tacopina in an attempt to fight back. Tacopina claims that the Yankees played Rodriguez last October without informing him that he was carrying a torn labrum.
Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday in the first penalty following MLB’s investigation of the Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
The baseball players’ association says any suspensions resulting from the sport’s latest drug investigation likely won’t be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator.
Major League Baseball will test for human growth hormone throughout the regular season and increase efforts to detect abnormal levels of testosterone.
Braun said all along that his suspension for a positive drug test would be overturned. He was right — and MLB isn’t happy.
Alex Rodriguez’s relationship with his former steroid “mule” is again raising eyebrows. A-Rod’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, is “traveling with Rodriguez on some road trips, despite being banned by the Yankees,” the Daily News reported on Thursday.
After discussing upcoming collective bargaining Tuesday with major league general managers, MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred said adding wild-card teams for 2011 would be “a difficult trick to pull off.”