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Report: Alex Rodriguez may consider plea deal with MLB

Jul 14, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Rodriguez speaks with reporters following his rehab assignment for Tampa Yankees in a minor league baseball game against Bradenton Marauders in Tampa Reuters

As we mentioned yesterday, Alex Rodriguez had his long-awaited meeting with MLB’s investigators on Friday. Now we have the fallout.

According to Bill Madden and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News, lawyers for Rodriguez are internally discussing the possibility of a plea deal with MLB. It’s believed that MLB also broached the possibility of a settlement with Ryan Braun and other players connected to Biogenesis.

According to another source, Rodriguez’s meeting with MLB ended at about 4 p.m., and a clearly shaken Rodriguez then met with MLB Players Association reps for an hour and a half to discuss what had been outlined by MLB officials. When Rodriguez didn’t show up at the Yankee complex, GM Brian Cashman then tried to reach the three-time AL MVP, who told him that he “just couldn’t make it.”

Meanwhile, an A-Rod spokesman told The News Saturday night in reference to a possible plea deal that “nobody from Alex’s team has made any such comments, and as we have said before, we are respecting the process and following the procedures as outlined in the joint agreement.”

As The News has reported, MLB is believed to have extensive evidence, including Bosch’s own testimony, that Rodriguez committed multiple violations of the joint drug agreement, including acquiring performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch for several years. The self-described “biochemist” has been cooperating with MLB for several weeks in exchange for being dropped from baseball’s lawsuit against him for tortious interference with its player contracts, indemnifying him for legal expenses and putting in a good word for him with law enforcement, and he is believed to have provided proof of his dealings with Rodriguez.
“I can see a scenario where if they’ve got multiple offenses (against A-Rod) that rather than going for his career with an arbitrator, baseball might settle on something like 150 games,” said one of the sources.
According to the Joint Drug Agreement, players are suspended 50 games for a first violation, 100 games for a second, and receive a lifetime ban for a third. As a result, it’s unclear where the 150-game number is coming from, but MLB could be floating it as a compromise if they have a legitimate case for a lifetime ban. Rodriguez would be entitled to an appeal, but a plea deal could be more appealing than hoping that an arbitrator will rule in his favor, especially if his legal team believes the evidence against him is significant and credible. In addition to his career potentially being on the line, Rodriguez still has $100 million remaining on his contract with the Yankees.
112 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Craig, are you at all concerned that mlb, apparently, has all this evidence yet is still willing to make a deal?

    • abaird2012 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      That wasn’t Craig.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        damn, i blame twitter, and my inability to read.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        It’s definitely confusing when Craig tweets stuff and then someone else writes the post. It’s gotten me before.

    • jfk69 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      That what happens church when you rush to pontificate.

    • pjmarn6 - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      The reason that I like D.J. Short as a contributor to this column and can’t stand Craig
      Calcaterra is that Short is not blindly biased in favor of the drugged players and clearly states the facts.
      Calcaterra, makes me sick! Listening to that idiot and his pandering to the players and the gods that allow him to vomit his nonsense here puts him in league with drugged players.
      I definitely respect D. J. Short’s columns and insights. THEY MAKE SENSE! Calcaterra is an asskisser trying to hold onto a job.

      • southofheaven81 - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Whose ass, precisely, is he kissing? Does A-Rod hold stock in NBC? Or are you just a tool?

      • pjmarn6 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        southofheaven81, you must be the only person not to have heard or read Calcaterra constantly defend the drugged players. Calcaterra has to interact with the players, managers, owners, to get his sources to talk to him. If he were to call for the heads of the drugged players, the managers who knew the players were drugged, the coaches and team physicians and the owners who all turned a blind eye to this cheating, he would be out on his ear, 1, 2, 3. When Calcaterra was asked by his female stooge, who quite clearly was reading from a prompt if Davis was to break Maris’s home run record, would he be considered the new home run champ, Calcaterra immediately came to the defense of Bonds, and the other players who had more home runs than Maris. Of course he carefully omitted that these players all used drugs and their records are tainted! Hell I would not be surprised if Calcaterra would allow corked bats and allow baseballs to be doctored. If a player can be suspended and his home run be taken away if he is found to be used a corked bat, which you should know is illegal, then why can’t the statistics, home runs, etc be removed from the statistics due to the players playing drugged?

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        What? LOL. Yeah, he kisses ass like Luke Scott kisses Obama. You make me laugh. Do go on.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        What kind of bedsidemanner is that to have with Mrs. Short?

  2. steelers88 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    If I were Arod I would retire right now if his still is going to get paid just retire.

    • jwbiii - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      If you retire, you don’t get paid. Rodriguez will not retire.

  3. jwbiii - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    This post was written by D.J. Short. I’d be ok with anything Rodriguez as long as commissioner Selig and his team ownership gets the same punishment.

  4. norvturnersneck - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    It seems to me that he may be getting a little too scared of what they have in evidence. It would be wise for him to do a plea deal. His name is being dragged through the media so much. Look at Pettite, Giambi, and even Wally Joyner who admitted to use. They’re experiencing the least backlash compared to a Clemens, McGwire, and Sosa. Just admit it (again) ARod and you’ll be respected more in the game than you are right now.

    Also, I was hoping they’d have the same dirt on all of the other players too. It’s a waste of time releasing names if they’re not going to do something.

    • source7769 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      you only get one chance to admit it ,after that it falls on deaf ears he wont live it down till hes gone

      • ezthinking - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Pettitte denied, then admitted some, then admitted more, then gave a conflicting account. But he’s all good.

        Stop the public witch hunts. Get your info and then bury it along with an agreement, self-imposed retirement for a time, like the NBA did with Jordan.

    • lifeatford - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Why is no one even mentioning the Boston Red Sox and their players that were named a couple of years ago. Oh I guess we do not hate those two for sure.

  5. uyf1950 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    To be honest this article doesn’t pass the laugh test. First off anonymous source has told the NY Daily News. That in itself is suspecious. Second why try and negotiate a plea deal for 150 games when all of the other so called anonymous reports previously had MLB leaning at most for 100 games. Even that is suspect since neither A-Rod or Braun have been suspended once. This just doesn’t make sense.

    • ditto65 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      As well as this comment:

      “Meanwhile, an A-Rod spokesman told The News Saturday night in reference to a possible plea deal that “nobody from Alex’s team has made any such comments, and as we have said before, we are respecting the process and following the procedures as outlined in the joint agreement.”

    • rvnc - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      How the MLB would be able to procedurally justify either a 150 game ban or a lifetime ban is beyond me. As much as A-rod may deserve everything MLB wants to give him, I can’t see it sticking.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Completely agree. The whole piece has an air of “huh”?

      It quotes an ARod spokesman as saying no one has discussed any such thing, but then says that his lawyers are internally discussion such options. Um, they are his lawyers, if they were discussion such options, how would anyone else know (you know that whole attorney/client thing)? Clients take leaks about their business very seriously, firms such as those ARod would hire would be very close to leak-proof. They could float something on purpose…but I fail to see the benefit of them putting this out there on purpose.

      • pjmarn6 - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        You actually believe that A-Rod’s highly paid spokesman is going to say anything detrimental??????? Negotiations have to be held in secret. Everyone forgets that A-Rod and the rest did not have a positive test. The 50-100-ban is for testing positive. What I understand is that there is some evidence demonstrating a long term abuse of the drug policy that would equate to several positive tests. Otherwise it would be only a 50 game ban. Remember the black sox were banned for cheating during the world series. Afterwards when they tried to make money at exhibition games and playing games at stadiums, everything was denied to them. Read the complete story.
        I see little difference between the black sox members deliberately throwing games to make money and drug cheaters taking drugs to make money.
        The damage to the sport’s reputation led the owners to appoint federal judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the first Commissioner of Baseball.
        Is the damage to the baseball’s reputation any less than the Black Sox Scandal?
        the Philadelphia Bulletin published a poem which would quickly prove to be ironic:
        Still, it really doesn’t matter,
        After all, who wins the flag.
        Good clean sport is what we’re after,
        And we aim to make our brag
        To each near or distant nation
        Whereon shines the sporting sun
        That of all our games gymnastic
        Base ball is the cleanest one!
        Suspension is not what is called for. A lifetime ban for any and all players caught taking drugs is necessary, plus their records being erased from the record books. Lastly all the money they took for playing drugged should be returned. Baseball should go back to being free on TV. The owners, coaches, managers should be removed. Return the game by sanitizing it.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Do you honestly believe that his highly paid lawyers leaked the content of internal discussions?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        When you’re done arguing, tell me how dinner turned out. Of course, I had cheese pizza.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        It turned out okay. The greens didn’t turn out as good as they usually do….they may not have been the best…the best ones are still on the stalk (often with flowers) when I get them. I had to sort through these and throw a lot of them away.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM


      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM


      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        The sweet potatoes turned out great…everything was better today as leftovers, including the greens…which is nice since I have 5 containers of them in the freezer.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Always better the next day. I love sweet potatoes.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        My dogs will eat almost any kind of vegetable, yesterday they each ate dozens of stem pieces of raw collared green. They’re crazy.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        CoCo loved broccoli stalks. The vet said it was good for her.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Yeah, just about any roughage is good for them. Mine will eat the ends and pieces of just about anything I toss to them, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, radishes, sweet potato peels, cucumbers, collared greens…all of that stuff is better for them than any grains (not unlike humans).

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Radishes? Gross. You don’t eat your sweet potato skin?

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Nope….they seem too much like bark.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        But you eat radishes??? You’re weird.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        I only use them in salads, sliced really thin and cut small.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Blech. Do you eat lima beans too?

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        Nope, can’t stand those things. Also not a fan of chick peas unless they are made into hummus.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Mmmm, hummus.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        As long as we are sharing. I can’t stand turnips or beets in any form, and I don’t really care for carrots either though I will eat them in some formats.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        One of my best friends is Swedish. When their Queen made a state visit to the US once, she started a thing by commenting on how fat Americans are. I asked my friend what a traditional Swedish meal was like, and she said beets, cucumber, sardines, and anchovies. I said if that’s what I had to eat, I’d be thin too. Who wants seconds of that? (And yes I know they make great pastries, so you don’t have to add that.)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        I hate it when you don’t play. pbbblt!

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Uhhhhhh, I’m gonna need more to go on.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        Good clean sport is what we’re after,

        So much of what you wrote is batshit insane, but this takes the cake. No sport is clean, especially baseball. To try and act like it ever was is to be ignorant of the sport’s history.

      • pjmarn6 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged You can always watch the Wide World of Wresting. Armstrong your hero too?

      • pjmarn6 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged Insane to relate the history you forgot? Or is it insane to demand that the game be played fairly by all? Or should honest players and their statistics be affected by liars and cheaters?
        Which part is insane? Hey these drugged players picked your pocket! You watched or listened or read stories that were all lies. McGuire, Bonds, Clemens, Rodriquez gave you a false show. You LOVED IT! Now go bet on some fixed horse race, you can continue your ridiculous love of cheating there.

  6. jayscarpa - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Wow. I like Bill Madden, he doesn’t seem to have an axe to grind. And he has three sources. Big decision for ARod – lose $20 million or risk $100 million. His reputation already sucks so that’s not a factor. I bet the Yankees wish they had a bigger say in it.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      The Yankees did have a say…when they resigned him to that ridiculously overpriced contract.

      Why, so he could break Bonds’ HR record as a Yankee; the team and the YES network could then overhype the crap out of every HR milestone on the way to 763.

      Reap what you sow Yankee fans.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        You mean a contract not appreciably different than that of: Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Johan Santana, Ryan Howard and Barry Zito just to name some of the overpriced contracts. And lets see how King Felix’s and Justin Verlander’s contracts are viewed in just a few years when they still have 3 or 4 years left on their contracts and are still owed $75 to $100MM.

        Sure some of the dollars may be different but is there really any doubt in most fans minds that the contracts of most if not all of the players that I mentioned are are way out of line for what their respective teams can realistically expect from them during the duration of those contracts.

        My friend the Yankee are not the only team to have contract(s) that in hindsight are a bust.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        He was one of the great talents of his era and had yet to even be accused of PED use. TWO hall of fame shortstops on the same team, almost unprecedented, and yes, GREAT for TV ratings which meant big $$$$$$$.

        They took a gamble with the length of the contract and lost. At least the Yankees made the effort in a very competitive environment.

      • jfk69 - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Ryan Howard..Nice guy and no PEDS. HOWEVER
        On April 26, 2010, Howard signed a 5-year, $125 million extension
        2012..219 batting avg while missing significant time due injuries
        2013 July 8 ..Torn meniscus..out for next two months..Season effectivioly over.
        50 million down the crapper
        2014.. Maybe the big guy can stay on the field
        Long term 25 million a year contracts are a crapshoot. Best to have insurance for another 3 million a year or more

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Hey, I’m not denying that Ryan Howard’s contract is terrible, as are Puljos’, Hamilton’s, Crawford’s and Gonzalez’s.

        All those teams are regretting giving them those contracts…well, except Boston.

        Thanks again LA Dodgers!

    • bigharold - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      “I like Bill Madden, he doesn’t seem to have an axe to grind.”

      I used to like him too but Madden has slipped quite a bit in the last few years. And, I’m not so sure about his ax grinding either.

      To begin with; how is it that he is proposing a solution that isn’t in the CBA’s joint drug agreement? This essentially being his first offense it’s either 50 or if they deem he obstructed its 100 games, .. not both. Either Madden is making sweeping assumptions or he’s being fed a line by MLB.

      This has all the earmarks of MLB’s publicity campaign against the players. Regardless, of the player involved MLB inability or deliberate unwillingness to keep the process confidential as is called for in the CBA plain sucks. Why should the players respect the integrity of the rules if MLB doesn’t? It’s as if MLB is saying it is bad when a player breaks the rules for competitive advantage but when we do it to whip up a frenzy against a transgressor it OK.

      Add to that; “..Bosch … has been cooperating with MLB … in exchange for being dropped from baseball’s lawsuit against him .. indemnifying him for legal expenses and putting in a good word for him with law enforcement, …”

      Translation: Her’s being coerced. They’ve got him, MLB has co-opted the civil court process and is using it to put the screws to him until it gets the answer they want. I hope this proof is exceptional because the way they went about it it’s just like beating a confession out of a suspect.

      I’m all for ridding baseball of PED. If some player broke the rules he should be punished. But, what’s going on here seems to be the cure being worse than the offense. And, who is getting fired/fined/suspended for leaking to the press?

      To paraphrase Ted Turner, .. they got the only legal monopoly in the country and their f*$king it up.

      • jayscarpa - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Madden didn’t propose anything – everything came from multiple sources. Not one of his own opinions in the article. Maybe all are from MLB and “he’s being fed a line” but that would be piss poor reporting.

      • bigharold - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        “Maybe all are from MLB and “he’s being fed a line” but that would be piss poor reporting.”

        Maybe all are from MLB?? Where else would it come from? And, it wouldn’t be the first time that the New York Daily News engaged in piss poor reporting.

        To me Madden is coming across as the “mouthpiece” for MLB. My point is Madden is proposing, or stating if you like, a remedy to A-Rod’s situation that doesn’t exist in the current CBA. Considering the ramifications to not just A-Rod and the tens of millions of his salary but to every other player they represent, I seriously doubt that the Players Union is going to allow MLB to make it up as they go. Madden’s reporting should be called into question at a minimum and possibly his objectivity as well.

  7. chacochicken - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    With all these leaks MLB must have given asylum to that Snowden kid.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      You are now in the more special part of the NSA database. Welcome to the club!

      • chacochicken - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        I’m pretty sure the CIA has been opening my mail since Operation HTLINGUAL. Yeah, only mail to China and the Soviets, sure.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        On that note, Happy Bastille Day. Now I’m off to share a Rush YouTube video of the song to Craig. I’m sure he’ll love it. It’s live and screeching from’76.

      • chacochicken - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Coincidentally, it is also my birthday. Bastille babies.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Happy Birthday, chicken! I wish you a no-Rush day…and many more.

  8. mianfr - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    If people are going to hate you anyway, may as well take a plea deal.

  9. chip5061 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Boy have things changed since Pete Rose……. bad for baseball……

    • jayscarpa - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Hey, they could do card shows together & have a reality TV show!

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    The PLEA would be the longest suspension ever? That would be a BARGAIN? If that is true, this guy is beyond toxic

  11. 950003cups - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Answer me this: is there a failed drug test? Or a dirty syringe with his DNA?
    If not, they have a grand total power level of UGOTZ!!!

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      That’s a lot of cups.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        If one of those cups should happen to fall, 950002 cups on the wall…

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        We’re going to be here a while.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Honey, you have to start replying with the notification button. Sigh.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        I tried the notification button. Neither my phone nor tablet were happy with it.

        Laptop coming soon, maybe then.

        I certainly can’t do it from my work terminal, our internal NSA is pretty good at watching us. As long as I continue to do my part to keep the shareholders happy, they allow me to play a little during the week.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        Fine, but I miss your responses sometimes this way. 😦

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        I’ve been dabbling in telepathy, maybe I’ll try to figure out a way to get messages to you through a series of signs, like a unicorn goat crossing your path.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Like that isn’t everyday in the Frying Pan…

    • mornelithe - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Did Armstrong fail a drug test? Were there any dirty syringes there? No? And how’d that work out for him?

      • jayscarpa - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Yeah, he did

      • mornelithe - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Ahh you’re right, he failed 4 in 1999, then again, A-rod failed a test which resulted in his appearing on the Mitchell report also. Still, Armstrong was brought down without any current failed tests, and I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect the same to happen to A-Rod.

  12. ditto65 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    The meeting with MLB ended at 4. Alex then met with his union representatives for 1.5 hours, leaving a scant 30 minutes to get to the stadium, dress, warm up, and take bp before the 6:00 game time.

    “GM Brian Cashman then tried to reach the three-time AL MVP, who told him that he “just couldn’t make it.”

    Of course he couldn’t make it.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      I love how people can get across town in no time on every NY cop drama on TV. It’s totally believable.

  13. tbutler704 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    No way the Yankees get lucky enough for this stuff to end his career. Even the 150 games sounds far fetched.

    I would love to see it, however. A-Rod is a jerk.

  14. blingslade - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    They’ve got the goods on A-Rod, that’s why he was so shaken up.

    He knows his options are limited and he’s going down as the most hated MLB player ever.

  15. pisano - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I don’t care what happens to him, as long as he’s never is in a Yankee uniform again. I’m sure if the Yankees can see a way to get out of the rest of that contract they will.

  16. sdelmonte - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I don’t see how this works under the CBA. He hasn’t committed any offenses yet, and hasn’t tested positive. Calling this one scandal multiple offenses seems spurious. And vindictive.

    I have little sympathy for A-Rod. But conspiring to use steroids isn’t proof of use of steroids under a testing system. I can’t imagine that any of this would go over well with the union, even if every player not named in the report wants to throw A-Rod under the bus.

    • mornelithe - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      If A-rod and his lawyers are considering a plea deal, it’s pretty likely there’s information/facts that we currently aren’t privy too. Otherwise, A-rod wouldn’t validate them in anyway by insinuating a plea deal is in the works.

  17. rvnc - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    If I were A-Rod and Braun I would just deny everything and go to the courts. MLB and Selig aren’t exactly coming out of this well in the PR stakes either and will probably commute the suspensions if the Players Union and the lawyers threaten to drag things out long enough.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Out of curiosity, how well do you think Braun came out in the PR stakes last time? I don’t get the sense that a lot of people feel like he was right and MLB was wrong on that.

      • rvnc - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Of course braun came out badly in many peoples eyes, but the behaviour of MLB in that case was recieved poorly as well from what I’ve seen. This issue is similar. There is obviously massive anger at the players involved but also confusion and dismay at the manner of the MLB investigation and how precisely they are going to prove any of this under the existing guidelines. If I’m a player involved I exploit this massively and turn the heat up on Selig et al until they start to lose serious face.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Okay, but I don’t think you’ll sell a lot of jerseys that way — at least not as many as if you were beloved.

  18. film381z - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    The jerk has gotten away with more than any other sports figure in all of history and I sure hope this will be the time when the doors slam shut and he has to take his medicine like all other players… if the Commish is serious about his cleaning up the game then he won’t give this arrogant jerk any leeway whatsoever… I have always said he would help ruin baseball by that huge contract he signed in Texas and it has by making other players think they are under priced when indeed, they ALL are OVER PAID and it is making the fans pay for these prima donnas…He opened up the high prices owners now pay the cheaper players…Disgusting… and with the media trying it’s best to make fans believe that modern players are worth that money it doesn’t help at all…

  19. nananatman - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Does the deal come in a syringe? Will it make me faster and stronger?

  20. tbutler704 - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    This discussion would be way more interesting if Rodriguez were sitting on 35 homers this season, mainly to watch bonehead Yankee fans bend themselves in pretzels to find an MLB conspiracy theory here.

  21. lifeatford - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    The people involved in this story, have no confirmation form the M.L.B. OR A.ROD. Therefor I believe until it is a true release from M.L,B, I will not believe a word of this. It just seems like some one that HATES so much has to pick a name to talk about. I wonder if these people involved in this story ever had a loving mother. Probably not, and probably not even a Dad around. It is nothing but a HATE A.Rod story. When it is confirmed by those involved,M.L.B. and A.Rod and the Yankees I then will give credit to their remarks. Until then I just consider this nothing more than HATE mail.

    • immafubared - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      anything like ‘plea deal’ has to be released by the Union. Its a trial baloon to see how people react. Of course they will plea deal. They got nothing else.

  22. elmo - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    “nobody from Alex’s team has made any such comments…”

    “Alex’s team” apparently referring not to the Yankees, but to his personal entourage. I’m not a big A-Rod basher, but…yeesh.

  23. burkeandstock - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I recently watched a movie on Netflix called “8 Men Out” Its a movie about the 1919 Chicago white sox and how Players Cheated for money beyond what there regular salaries were to play in the World Series of Baseball. Cincinnati wins the World Series (5 games to 3) to the shock of Sox fans. Even worse, sportswriter Fullerton exposes the strong possibility that this series was not on the level. His findings cause Charles Comiskey (white sox owner) and the other owners to appoint a new commissioner of baseball, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, and give him complete authority over the sport. Today this Authority has more Challenges than ever to keep OUR National past time honest and pure. Our children need current sports figures to shine brighter than ever All of sports needs more Derik Jeter’s and Less A-rods. Young Adults who make it to the major league level need to know they can compete with out having to cheat. They can PLAY the game they love and be very competitive with out PEDs.

    You can still make a Very good living and have 20 year carriers with out PEDs I ask Players like Derik Jeter and Cal Ripken Jr. to protect there fundamental love for the game and reach out to current Minor and major league players.

    Jose Canseco was the first rookie 5 million dollar player who still plays minor league ball. Jose was known in the 80’s and 90’s as a chemist among players due to his knowledge of steroids and PEDs, because of his actions MLB wants nothing to do with him either does Mark McGwire and A-rod. According to sources close to Jose he only knows of one player whom he played with who has made it in to the Hall Of Fame and as used Steroids or PEDs Oakland? Texas? New York? There is a very small list of players if we/the MLB Commission look into it Some one should be removed form the HOF. Current Players Like A-Rod should be subject the same wrath as Barry Bonds, Pete Rose, Jose Canseco exiled from a sport We the Fans still love and respect.

  24. charlutes - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    what a joke.

  25. immafubared - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    When the hell is MLB going to stop placating these cheaters and drop the hammer. They have the evidence but understand this gives beesball another black eye so apparently they too want it to go away.
    I would like to see them all get a one year – miss the season suspention without pay of course.

    • burkeandstock - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      It should be there job not to cheat. If I don’t do my Job can I go home for the season and come back? There are THOUSANDS of minor league players who are just as entertaining to watch. they all want jobs in the MLB. In the real world if you don’t do your job your fired… If you steal from your job your fired and can face criminal charges. How much money has A-rod(and Other Cheaters) Stolen from his-their jobs/ Other Players/ Fans who pay to see a game. How much extra do I pay for parking, tickets, concessions, so players LIKE A-ROD can have ridiculous contracts based on a performance driven by Drugs??? Heck take out the drugs fire employees lower ticket sales and Ill buy and Extra hotdog at every game. the PA and the CBA are designed to protect the lesser paid players right? Someone needs to fire players for cheating bottom line. Take A-Rods 100Mil and share it with all the players who pass there drug test give extra retirement to the retired players who didn’t cheat… reward the winners not the lossers

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