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Alex Rodriguez suspended for 162 games
SI.com ^ | Saturday, January 11, 2014 | Jay Jaffe

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 it’s 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 team’s 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....

(Excerpt) Read more at mlb.si.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
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One full season.

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.

1 posted on 01/11/2014 7:46:51 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

I won’t miss him.


2 posted on 01/11/2014 7:50:24 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: canuck_conservative

if anybody deserves to be suspended, it would be Obama, Holder, Boehner and McConnell.


3 posted on 01/11/2014 7:59:27 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: canuck_conservative
<snort>
4 posted on 01/11/2014 8:02:02 PM PST by tomkat
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To: canuck_conservative
but it leaves a major hole in their lineup.

As a lifelong Yankee fan I'd say .... "snort".

5 posted on 01/11/2014 8:11:34 PM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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To: canuck_conservative

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.


6 posted on 01/11/2014 8:12:15 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Politicians and diapers need to be changed for the same reason)
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To: canuck_conservative

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.


7 posted on 01/11/2014 8:17:44 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

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?

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10261922/baseball-hall-fame-class-2014-announced


8 posted on 01/11/2014 8:28:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SamAdams76

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?


9 posted on 01/11/2014 8:30:06 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: SamAdams76

Nope, any possible postseason play is included in the suspension.


10 posted on 01/11/2014 8:38:08 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: canuck_conservative
Next move: request a federal judge grant an injunction against MLB enforcing the suspension.

This is not over.

11 posted on 01/11/2014 8:38:28 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: canuck_conservative

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.


12 posted on 01/11/2014 8:39:32 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: SunkenCiv

Steroids can make one better at baseball, hating Jews and nailing hookers doesn’t.


13 posted on 01/11/2014 8:45:08 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Fzob

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.


14 posted on 01/11/2014 8:45:54 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: Gil4
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.

The agreement that the union signed onto goes 50 games - 1st offense; 100 games - 2nd, 150 - 3rd, etc.

So if MLB had him dead-to-rights for just 4 times, they could push it for a cumulative 500 games suspension - that's more than 3 full seasons. At A-Rod's age, that would be the end of his career.

And I'll bet there's a lot of evidence MLB is sitting on, that we the public don't know about. A-Rod is lucky he'll get another chance to play.


15 posted on 01/11/2014 8:53:35 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: EEGator

“Steroids can make one better at baseball, hating Jews and nailing hookers doesn’t.”

Studies suggest that sex can boost testosterone levels, which could possibly enhance athletic performance. I doubt the hooker aspect was studied, however.


16 posted on 01/11/2014 8:56:20 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: canuck_conservative

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!


17 posted on 01/11/2014 9:09:37 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: Gil4

They should just allow all drugs...

http://vimeo.com/40861906


18 posted on 01/11/2014 9:11:34 PM PST by EEGator
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To: canuck_conservative
Lucky for him he did not make fun of homosexuals, SI would have called for a permanent banning.

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..............

19 posted on 01/11/2014 9:18:38 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: EEGator

You betcha!


20 posted on 01/11/2014 9:28:07 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: canuck_conservative
A-Rod is lucky he wasn't banned for life.

He would have been if he'd bet on any of the games he CHEATED in.

21 posted on 01/11/2014 9:39:27 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: EEGator

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.


22 posted on 01/11/2014 9:49:02 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: Gil4

I’ve seen some nasty pictures. I won’t post them here. They really can’t be unseen.


23 posted on 01/11/2014 9:51:07 PM PST by EEGator
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To: canuck_conservative

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.

Freegards


24 posted on 01/11/2014 9:52:52 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: bobby.223

Hell with em, if he wants to play he can go to Japan for one year and probably get one hell of a contract.


25 posted on 01/11/2014 11:11:12 PM PST by biff (WAS)
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Cross linking another thread if anyone is interested in reading the comments thereon:

A-rod suspended!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3110694/posts

Alex Rodriguez’s full statement after being suspended for 162 games

http://mlb.si.com/2014/01/11/alex-rodriguezs-full-statement-after-being-suspended-for-162-games/


26 posted on 01/12/2014 5:53:42 AM PST by deport
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To: canuck_conservative
"A-Rod is lucky he wasn't banned for life..."

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.

27 posted on 01/12/2014 6:36:45 AM PST by skimbell
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To: biff

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.

Freegards


28 posted on 01/12/2014 6:55:55 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: biff

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!!


29 posted on 01/12/2014 11:04:53 AM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: biff
if he wants to play he can go to Japan for one year

Japan honors MLB drug rules & suspensions.

30 posted on 01/12/2014 8:45:16 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: NautiNurse

South America then. If he wants to play somebody will give him a ball.


31 posted on 01/14/2014 6:52:07 PM PST by biff (WAS)
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To: SunkenCiv

I hope you saw the movie Cobb...about Ty Cobb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobb_%28film%29 Hilarious!


32 posted on 01/14/2014 6:55:35 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: canuck_conservative

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.

Freegards


33 posted on 01/14/2014 6:58:41 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: dennisw

:’) 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. ;’)


34 posted on 01/14/2014 7:43:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

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)

******** wikipedia
“Cobb was notorious for sliding into bases feet first, with his spikes high. Cobb’s legacy....”


35 posted on 01/14/2014 7:56:56 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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