Skip to comments.Alex Rodriguez suspended for 162 games
Posted on 01/11/2014 7:46:51 PM PST by canuck_conservative
... The ruling, issued by arbitrator Frederic Horowitz, is a reduction from the 211-game suspension Rodriguez was handed by MLB commissioner Bud Selig back in August, but its still the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history. For the 38-year-old Rodriguez, it means the loss of an entire season and $25 million in salary. The Yankees will gain $27.5 million worth of salary relief for luxury tax purposes, since the average annual value of his deal is what counts there. That will aid the teams attempt to get below the $189 million threshold to reset their luxury tax rate, but it leaves a major hole in their lineup.
In a statement, Rodriguez said he would he appeal the ruling in federal court, though the likelihood of a judge overruling the collective bargaining process is believed to be slim....
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Probably got off easy if he's a serial PED user, since those suspensions go up 50 games for EACH infraction. How long do you suspend someone who has done those drugs 20, 50, 100, 400 times?
A-Rod is lucky he wasn't banned for life.
I won’t miss him.
if anybody deserves to be suspended, it would be Obama, Holder, Boehner and McConnell.
As a lifelong Yankee fan I'd say .... "snort".
He should have been banned for life, all of his stats should be erased, and the skankees stripped of their World Series titles for the years that A fraud has been with the team.
What’s odd about this 162-game suspension is that should the New York Yankees make the playoffs, Rodriguez would apparently be eligible to play.
Frankly, I’ve grown tired of the entire sports doping controversies. A couple of juicers up for the Hall of Fame got passed over this year, but seriously, given the anti-semites, psychopaths, and assorted other low-life who are already in the Hall, what possible difference, at this point, does it make?
OK, he might be allowed spring training too, but still .... how good would it be to put someone on the field who has had no game experience for the last 6 months, right into the most pressure-packed portion of the season?
Nope, any possible postseason play is included in the suspension.
This is not over.
I don’t think it quite works that way. If he did the drugs over a period of time and then got caught, it’s one offense. MLB said his attempts at obstructing the investigation and his false statements were additional offenses.
Steroids can make one better at baseball, hating Jews and nailing hookers doesn’t.
As a lifelong Yankees hater I’m hoping the suspension is overturned so the Yankees don’t get $25M in salary relief, which would give them them a ton of extra money to spend on players who might actually be productive.
“Steroids can make one better at baseball, hating Jews and nailing hookers doesnt.”
Studies suggest that sex can boost testosterone levels, which could possibly enhance athletic performance. I doubt the hooker aspect was studied, however.
When they start doing this for all players that fail tests or other...then I will begin to respect Baseball again! Actually that applies to all sports or anything else that needs testing... All are a bunch of do anything to get ahead creeps!
They should just allow all drugs...
Just got their most recent issue, and yes, yet another pro-homo column. I canceled them, maybe they keep sending it hoping I will change my mind.
OTOH, just checking and seeing they are staying the course with the homo promoting emphasizes why I dumped them.
Of course, they do not care what a few of the readers think. Time magazine owns them, and they must march to the tune the paymasters play..............
He would have been if he'd bet on any of the games he CHEATED in.
That’s pretty gross. I went to one gym that had safety posters with real photos of some power lifters that were worse (because they were real, not because the injuries were actually worse - the arms weren’t off, but...)
If you happen to know where to find them, please don’t post them. Blechhh.
I’ve seen some nasty pictures. I won’t post them here. They really can’t be unseen.
Big news here is that the MLBPA is basically OK with this. In any case they aren’t going to fire the arbiter or make waves beyond expressing disappointment for a full season + play offs penalty despite not failing a test per the JDA. He’ll be 40 at mid-season 2015 with a surgery on each hip, I think.
Hell with em, if he wants to play he can go to Japan for one year and probably get one hell of a contract.
Cross linking another thread if anyone is interested in reading the comments thereon:
Alex Rodriguezs full statement after being suspended for 162 games
For all intents and purposes the suspension is close to a lifetime ban. He'll be 40 when he's eligible to play again. Not impossible but I'd be surprised if there's much demand.
I think NPB honors penalties from MLB. I think he would be down to some sort of independent ball if he was going to do that.
I think A-FROID is gonna take his medicine and sit out 2014. I do not think he will not go to Japan. He only needs a handful of knocks to get to 3000 AND he gets 6 Million dollar bonuses for each HR slugger ahead of him on the all time list he ties. I think his ego won’t let him do anything else. He is tuned into where he rates as an all time great in American MLB......in HIS mind. He rates crap as far as I, and other dedicated MLB fans, am/are concerned. This entire steroid/PED thing makes me sick. I have been an MLB fan for a lonnnnnnnnnng time and remember when the worst that came out was that some all star knocked up some chippie or a drunk got blasted off a bar stool by some player. Oh well, PACR in just a few weeks!!
Japan honors MLB drug rules & suspensions.
South America then. If he wants to play somebody will give him a ball.
I hope you saw the movie Cobb...about Ty Cobb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobb_%28film%29 Hilarious!
Now he is suing the MLBPA. Yes, the folks that paid for his side of the arbitration hearing and enabled his 300-400 million dollars made off of MLB so far.
:’) National Lampoon’s “Lives of the Great” had one on Ty Cobb; one claim is that he beat a couple of hecklers to death on a hotel elevator. ;’)
Ty Cobb was a character. Super competitive just by the way he slid in spikes up. Major League baseball just banned players steaming into home plate and trying to bowl over the catcher (trying to tag him out)
“Cobb was notorious for sliding into bases feet first, with his spikes high. Cobb’s legacy....”