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How is baseball counting A-Rod’s violations, anyway?

Jul 30, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York Reuters

If A-Rod gets major discipline, it’s going to be because he’s seen as being a multiple-time violator of the drug agreement. Bill Madden of the Daily News was on the Boomer and Carton show today and he was asked what those multiple violations might look like. Here’s Madden:

“We are talking here (about) non-analytical violations, i.e. in absence of a positive drug test,” he said. “OK? Now, let’s just say for example, they have proof — good proof, legitimate proof, records, whatever — that Alex Rodriguez sought to buy drugs. That’s a violation. Now they have proof that Alex Rodriguez actually bought drugs. That’s a violation. Now they have proof that Alex Rodriguez was administered drugs. That’s a third violation.”

Um. OK.

Of course if that were the case every single player who ever tested positive for PEDs would be subject to triple discipline. Because to do that you have to first “seek to buy drugs” then you have to buy drugs then you have to take drugs.  I mean, that’s 100% unavoidable, yes?

I realize Bill Madden is not in charge of the discipline process, but he certainly has sources in MLB who are informing him of the thought process involved with the Biogenesis case. And this is what is passing for logic and justice with respect to A-Rod. We are in a world gone mad. Although, if you think about it, we could use this logic to shorten games:

[Batter at plates, Ump looks in. Batter swings and misses.]

Umpire: “Strike one-two-three, you’re out!!”

Player: “What?!”

Ump: “You thought about swinging, you swung, you missed! You’re out!”

[everyone nods and smiles at how nice it is that umpires are getting tough on batters]

  1. kungfubowler - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    With A.Rod it can’t be steroids or HGH he’s taking. I’ve spent a lot of time in gyms where guys were juicing and none of them kissed a mirror like that. I think he should be banned for whatever that substance was.

  2. jfk69 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    How soon we forget.
    Lets take a closer look at clueless greedy Buddy Selig.
    Braun his player only gets a half a season after a year worth of lies
    How can you trust him after this.
    Fay Vincent on the effects of collusion:[2]
    “ The Union basically doesn’t trust the Ownership because collusion was a $280 million theft by Selig and Reinsdorf of that money from the players. I mean, they rigged the signing of free agents. They got caught. They paid $280 million to the players. And I think that’s polluted labor relations in baseball ever since it happened. I think it’s the reason Fehr has no trust in Selig.
    SAME OLD SLIPPERY SLIMY BUD

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