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Alex Rodriguez to meet with MLB about poker “in a few days” and “no chance he’ll be suspended”

Aug 9, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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As promised, MLB soon will meet with Alex Rodriguez to discuss his involvement in high-stakes poker games, according to the New York Daily News.

The newspaper reports that the meeting will take place “in a few days” at MLB’s offices in New York, but commissioner Bud Selig likely won’t be there and the talks aren’t expected to lead to much of anything.

Here’s what an unnamed “source” told the Daily News:

This has been overblown. They just want to talk to him just to tell him to stop getting in these crazy situations. There is no chance he will be suspended. There is no chance a suspension would be upheld by an arbitrator, based on what we know about this. Everybody plays cards on team planes and in clubhouses. This is no different.


Obviously the Yankees and MLB would prefer that Rodriguez not play in high-stakes poker games, particularly given some of the other details about the people and places involved, but ultimately the “high-stakes” aspect is of little concern for a guy who earns $200,000 per day and MLB seems to be making it an issue largely because he’s continued to play after being warned not to.

In addition to reportedly playing with fellow stars like Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in exclusive Hollywood home games Rodriguez has also squared off against well-known poker pros in Las Vegas, drawing mixed reviews on his no-limit hold ’em skills from Mike Matusow and Jean-Robert Bellande.

  1. mj888 - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Why is this even an issue? I played poker last weekend at a friends house and I am sure many others did too. SO WHAT? Is this really a poker playing issue or is this more of an Arod issue? Would MLB or anyone even talk about this if the player involved was Eduardo Nunez? Possible questionable people at that poker game? Well when you play at a casino how do you know if all the other players in the poker room are all on the up and up? Arod likes to play poker, he can afford to play poker. Is poker playing as far as we know is not affecting his hitting or fielding. So what exactly is the issue here?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      MLB doesn’t like its players to do any kind of gambling or be associated with casinos or anything like that…legal or illegal. I disagree with them, and think as long as the players stay away from the sports book, they should be allowed to do whatever they want, but MLB doesn’t see it that way. That’s why you don’t see many stories of current professional players of many sports playing in the World Series of poker…don’t you think these egotistical poker-playing degenerates would love to play in that event? But you never see current players play, even though it is perfectly legal for them to do so. Even if it is one of the one-day events on a day off during May they could do it…but they do not.

    • clydeserra - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      In a casino, you know who the house is, FWIW.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Maybe he needed to work on his raises, I hear ‘roids will cause some problems in that area.

  3. a125125125 - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    When AROD heard that there was a “one in a million” chance he’d be suspended, he immediately wagered $5,000 on being suspended.

  4. rsox3fan - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    No drinks on the poker table jackass!!!!!!!

  5. rhandome - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Non-story, or biggest non-story ever?

  6. rsox3fan - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Look at that measly stack of chips he’s got too,better be “all in” with anything connected Arod.

  7. loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    is this story only a big deal because its a-rod? yes. move along people, really nothing to see here.

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