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Report: Bud Selig is prepared to tear up the drug agreement just to get A-Rod out of baseball

Jul 30, 2013, 7:49 AM EDT

Selig hands up

He is if you believe this report from the Daily News, anyway. Which, yes, is a pretty big caveat — this could very well just be a big bluff communicated to a newspaper which has done a great job over the years carrying the anti-PED crowd’s water — but we gotta take reports at face value until we have reason not to.

The report: that Bud Selig is prepared to invoke his powers to “preserve the integrity of the game” in order to keep Alex Rodriguez off the field even if he appeals his discipline. In other words: Selig will essentially void the part of the Joint Drug Agreement that allows players to play pending appeal and suspend him summarily.

Which is absolute madness, of course.

Even if A-Rod has done everything of which he is accused, even if he is the biggest PED user in the history of PED users, even if he has attempted to interfere with MLB’s investigation, he is still owed due process. Everyone is. The Joint Drug Agreement covers all of those offenses, even the interference with an investigation thing. It says that the JDA is the sole basis of discipline in matters arising out of PEDs. To deny a player his appeal rights under that agreement would be a shameful abuse of power, even when the player involved happens to be unpopular. The least of my brothers, and such.

At some point we have to ask ourselves how much of Major League Baseball’s investigation and subsequent discipline of Alex Rodriguez is about penalizing a player for his bad acts and how much of it is about kicking an unliked and unwanted player — and a player who makes an awful lot of money — out of the game simply because it would make most people feel good.

Of course, maybe it doesn’t go this far.  Maybe the point of this is to simply make Bud Selig look tough. After all, this very question — “Is Bud Selig going too far to fight the drug users?!” — serves his legacy interests very, very well.

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  1. artisan3m - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I wonder what it is r-e-a-l-l-y costing the Yankees for Selig to handle the ARod matter in this fashion? I wonder how much confidence other players ~ clean and dirty ~ can place in MLBPA when it lets something like this become personal between the commissioner and a player ~ ~ ~ ~ and does NOTHING! There are no winners in this but ARod could be one in a law suit against Selig. A big one. If Selig had met his responsibilities weeks ago instead of shopping a penalty, the commish would be insulated. As it is, ARod will not be limited only to baseball and its CBA or player contract. When it gets personal, it can get real ugly real fast and a lot of doors to opportunity open that would otherwise be closed.

    • ilovegspot - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      This is no more personal then with Braun and look what happened to him, no law suit either. They have even more evidence against arod too and if he fights alle his dirty tricks and drug use will come out to the presses.

  2. jimeejohnson - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Will we ever see another “A-bomb from A-Rod”?

  3. mrznyc - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Speaking of carrying water ……

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