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Report: Evidence against A-Rod goes “far beyond” what was found on Ryan Braun

Jul 22, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

With the baseball world still reeling from the news of Ryan Braun‘s suspension for his connection to Biogenesis, many are naturally wondering what is in store for Alex Rodriguez. Well, if what ESPN’s T.J. Quinn is hearing is accurate, it doesn’t bode well for him.

Quinn also writes that “MLB confronted Braun with volumes of evidence provided by Tony Bosch, including texts.” What evidence MLB has against Rodriguez isn’t exactly clear, but that there was enough there for Braun to make a deal is not promising. It also could hurt the possibility of a successful appeal, as Braun’s actions today give Bosch credibility, which is something that has been in question since the Biogenesis investigation began. For what it’s worth, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported earlier today that MLB received “receipts, checks, the whole nine yards” during their investigation, though it’s not known whether any of those apply to Rodriguez.

Interestingly, Quinn writes that the case against Rodriguez includes the possibility that he interfered with the investigation, so MLB is expected to go after him harder than they did Braun. Bill Madden and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News reported last weekend that lawyers for Rodriguez were internally discussing the possibility of a plea agreement with MLB — possibly settling on a 150-game suspension — though he and his representatives have denied the story.

  1. moonlandingwasfaked - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Sigh. This will be the most annoying thing to be hear about from the likes of Costas and Verducci. They’ll tell us how these players betrayed us and cheated and blahblahblah. It would be cool if they still got really angry about the Black Sox or something.

    • sfsugator - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      I’m just glad barry bonds is the all time home run king , remember that baseball traditionalist. Best player in baseball history, thanks bud for ruining baseball for everyone. Tarnished

      • sfsugator - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        I just laugh at selig because he couldn’t get bonds for allegedly riding lol hahahah ur golden boy Braun an aroid are lying to kids faces growing up who idolize them. Jus sad selig

      • apkyletexas - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        Excuse me?? Did Bud stick a needle in somebody’s ass? I didn’t read that part.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        I just laugh at selig because he couldn’t get bonds for allegedly riding lol hahahah ur golden boy Braun an aroid are lying to kids faces growing up who idolize them. Jus sad selig

        me flunk English, that’s unpossible!

  2. fm31970 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    “…Braun’s actions today give Bosch credibility, which is something that has been in question since the Biogenesis investigation began.”

    Well played MLB lawyers, well played.

    • moonlandingwasfaked - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      And the sad thing is, no one really seems to have any real credibility here. It’s like Baskin Robbins – 31 flavors of asshole

    • pjmarn6 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged You also flunked common sense.

      • basedrum777 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        You posted that statement on the wrong thread Pjmarn6….

  3. serbingood - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Zero games or 200 games, it doesn’t matter. Alexander Rodrigues is old, breaking down and his useful playing time is coming to a natural end.

    Let’s remember the good days in Seattle.

    So long Alex, thanks for the memories. Thanks for being a historical figure in the sport of baseball, both good and bad.

  4. southofheaven81 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    God, who freaking cares?! Players have always cheated & they always will. I’m with Rocker, more mutant baseball!!!!

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Bring me your downward-turned thumbs!!!

  5. jayscarpa - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM


  6. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Peculiar timing of his “strained quad”. Deal is in the works. 125 games?

    • basedrum777 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      That’s effectively life.

  7. tbutler704 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    500 games!

  8. tigerboye - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    LOL… this stuff is so stupid….. tired of the cheaters

  9. cackalackyank - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I am really getting tired of this. Just suspend his ass, and the rest of him for that matter. Giving this crap extra media attention just makes sure there will be other cases no matter how much punishment is dished out. Publicity hounds don’t care the nature of the publicity, as long as they are getting it.

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Yeah. These selfish baseball cheaters just pushed the little royal inbreed right off page one.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        I say old chap…I mean Old Gator!

      • cackalackyank - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Which guy on the Royals is inbred? Better make he doesn’t have hemophilia.

  10. chiadam - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Dear athletes,
    Unless speaking in some language you invented, stop texting about illegal stuff.


    • pjmarn6 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Arnie was/is on PEDs and he had to have heart surgery to repair the heart valves. Players are stupid enough not to understand the physical effects of taking drugs and fail to understand that it will shorten their lives. But what the hell, they have to die some time. Maybe they want all that money so that their relatives can buy a solid gold coffin for them.
      My father said one intelligent thing in his life. How many toilets can you use at the same time?

  11. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Here’s the deal: lengthy suspension, followed by A-Rod’s “inability to return due to chronic hip problems”, and he rides off into the sunset. Even if the Yankees can’t capitalize on the insurance they have on A-Rod, they’ll work something out where he’ll be an “employee” of some LLC in Florida, meaning no state income tax. He agrees to be made whole, while the Yankees recoup some money.

  12. kingjoe1 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    This sucks! Now MLB will have to lower the mound to get offense back in the game.

    The question becomes whether what other sports could be involved. In addition, I cannot imagine Biogenisis is the only supplier.

    Once again congress gets involved and sucks the life out of something.

  13. losangelesfan - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    How can steroids be illegal for Centaurs?

  14. kev86 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    A Yankee classic

  15. ctony1216 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    So if A-Rod is suspended for 2014, will his salary count towards the 2014 salary cap? Is it prorated? The Yanks may need a third baseman if Youkilis isn’t healthy enough to play 150 or so games.

    • whyyoumadtho - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Salary cap? Is this real life?

  16. maddogg911 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Just legalize damn steroids already!!! At this point, who cares let

  17. rickditka - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    The Brewers chose Ryan Braun over Prince Fielder. And there is no chance that Bud Selig didnt offer his opinion on that matter. Bud Seligs stance on PEDs has been the same for years. Hes for them.

  18. maddogg911 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Just legalize steroids already, at this point who cares. High scoring games is more entertaining. If MLB really wants steroids out of the game….then test all players before each game; if someone test dirty,ban them for life. MLB has no type f control over this; it’s embarrassing !!!

    • sfsugator - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better to the common fan all we want to see is bombs but now with most of these MLB teams fielding a single a team anyways, we get to watch pitching duals all the time. But baseball has changed since the early 2000’s sadly it’s for the worst.

  19. tfbuckfutter - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Impossible. Everyone knows A-Rod only cheated while he was with the Rangers and it was because of the pressure of trying to live up to his contract.

    And Andy Pettite was just trying to get back from injury to help the team.

    And your wife really only kissed that guy from work and nothing else.

    When someone finally admits to something they always admit to the absolute minimum that they think will satiate their accuser and get the pressure off them.

    Anyone who has ever dealt with anyone knows this.

  20. winston900 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Reblogueó esto en Coner.

  21. tbutler704 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Time to have an adult beverage, with a toast to Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner.

    Good day on the job, Allan. Hopefully you get it right again with that mascara wearing asshole Alex Rodriguez, along with his Sicilian messenger boy Johnny Ola.

  22. seanb20124 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Who writes checks ? Pay cash

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      The bitch in front of me every time I go to the grocery store.

      Oh, and apparently it’s the first time she’s ever written a check because she is completely baffled by the fact that they need her driver’s license number.

      But at least, after all the hoopla, her fourteen cats are going to get their Fancy Feast tonight.

  23. nobody78 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    When he says the evidence goes “well beyond” what they have on Braun, does that mean ARod’s offense was worse, or that there’s a lot more evidence of it? If the latter, well, the only thing that counts is that they apparently have ENOUGH evidence. If the former… well, I can’t even think of what that would mean, if Braun in fact had an “ongoing pattern of significant PED use.”

  24. materialman80 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Stray-Rod has had it anyway, but just because it’s the right thing to do, lets suspend him for life and ban him from baseball forever.

  25. lawrinson20 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    It’s sad that ‘justice’ in this context is compromised by having ‘too much’ evidence. Because it’s so overwhelming, Rodriguez has reason and opportunity to ‘strike a deal?’ Jeezus. It’s almost as if MLB WANTS Rodriguez back in the game. It’s one thing to believe that ‘stars’ on the field are good for the game, but what have we really missed while ARod has been away? The Yankees don’t want to honor his ridiculous contract, and fans aren’t clamoring to see the old, clunky player anymore.

    Punish him. Punish him severely. Both for what he’s done TO the game, and as a TRUE deterrent to other players. These suspensions do very little to end the problem. These players are still making millions, living dream lifestyles, and profiting from cheating. The Union will never allow salaries to be recouped by teams, but until this really hits cheating players’ checkbooks and careers, why would they stop? They’ve proven for years that Cheaters’ Technology is more advanced than MLB Testing.

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