It’s not hard to believe that Bud Selig and the powers-that-be in Major League Baseball could screw up the whole A-Rod situation.
A month after suddenly abandoning his claims of innocence and accepting a 65-game suspension from Major League Baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger admitted he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances.
Despite all of his baggage, A-Rod has become a rallying figure for the Bombers on the field and in the dugout.
Royals infielder Miguel Tejada has been suspended 105 games by Major League Baseball for violating its joint drug program, one of the longest suspensions ever handed down.
Alex Rodriguez’s camp “obtained unredacted versions” of documents published in a bombshell Miami New Times report and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, according to “60 Minutes.”
It’s only getting worse for Alex Rodriguez, and it’s not likely to get better for a long time. Rodriguez’s reputation is being destroyed further with every accusation that hits the news cycle.
The PED crucible, which we hoped would be microscopic by now, just won’t go away. It’s turned into a twisted game show of “Name That Cheat.”
“It was not difficult for me at all,” Selig said. “I spent many, many hours thinking about it, trying to be fair, trying to be logical and rational. I wouldn’t second-guess a thing at all. I thought it was eminently fair.”
Pete Rose admitted in 2004 to betting on baseball after nearly 15 years of denials. He says players wrapped up in scandal shouldn’t follow his lead.
Baseball knew it had a PED problem in the mid-1990s. Had Selig truly cared, he would have blown the whistle and sought measures to clean up the game.
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.
“It’s like I’m Al Capone or something,” Rose said. “But guys are starting to come back to my side now because they see what is happening in baseball. Guys are doing things that alter records and they get 65 games. I got 24 years.”
We aren’t angry at A-Rod because he makes the most money, but because he told the most lies. His montage of malfeasance is galling even by our subterranean standards.
MLB has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation. Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez is on the list, according to CBS News.
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.