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A-Rod’s legal team is “willing to fight anything that comes their way”

Aug 2, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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As we reach the end of a Friday that we thought would bring forth Biogenesis news but which, alas, has not, the posturing continues. This from A-Rod’s side in Newsday:

“This guy is fighting this,” the source said Friday as Rodriguez was expected in Trenton, where he is scheduled to play Friday night and Saturday for the Double-A Thunder. “Alex is getting on the field, he’s excited to play, he’s ready to play. They’re [his legal team] all waiting and willing to fight anything that comes their way. The priority is to be on the field and play baseball.”

Never does it seem more clear that what Major League Baseball wants is to have an agreed suspension as opposed to having to fight any appeal, even if they are confident that they will ultimately be successful.  By all accounts, Major League Baseball has considerable evidence and believes it can win if it has to.  If that’s true, the only thing truly holding them back is the desire to avoid a fight altogether and the chance to wrap everything up in a bow.  If that were not the case they would, one presumes, simply have suspended A-Rod already and invited him and his legal team to do its worst.

Rodriguez’s people know this. Reason suggests that they cut a deal which saves their client as much of what’s left on his contract as possible rather than risk a lifetime ban. But their awareness of MLB’s desire to settle has likely emboldened them. Made them think that they can force a bit better of a deal than what MLB currently has on the table. Obviously that’s all just speculation, but I’m struggling to think of what other sticking point there could be in this particular negotiation. It’s all a game of chicken as opposed to some multi-faceted deal. The only real variable being how many games.

Thus the posturing and thus the delay.  It’s absolutely fascinating. I have no idea what will happen. No one outside the process really can know. But it’s oddly exciting to realize that a major chapter in baseball history is going to be written one way or another based, essentially, on whether Bud Selig or Alex Rodriguez blinks first.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Anyone remember the tug-of-war scene in Mighty Joe Young?

    • bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Man you are giving away your age. I’m going to start referring to you as W O G, ..way old Gator.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        I could be a newborn for all you know. It was on cable three nights ago. But of course, it was a favorite of mine from the first time I saw it on Million Dollar Movie as a kid. Those were the days – when boxers had names like “Primo Carnera” and Ray Harryhausen produced a stop-motion animated gorilla that was more lifelike than Keanu Reeves.

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        To be fair, Gator, Tommy is more lifelike than Keanu Reeves…
        And I was glad you declined to name-check the more recent Disney iteration of the movie…
        Finally – I endorse any mentions of the late, great Harryhausen.

        In other news, my 9-year-old son has of late become obsessed – as only a 9-year-old can – with Gojira and friends.
        I discovered that you can get a nifty little 11×17 Godzilla movie poster from Hong Kong for $8, including shipping. Just hung up his first G-poster…
        Go, go, Godzilla!

      • Glenn - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:08 AM

        That should just be OG – Original Gator.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Alex, good luck, I hope you win this fight, I doubt MLB has any considerable evidence, I hope your lawyers call them on it and make sure they are not trying any scare you into a deal.

      • sabatimus - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        Are you drunk?

      • nbjays - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        I hope he wins his fight, too, but only because I want to see the Yankees have to pay him every penny of that ridiculous contract.

    • moogro - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      I’m still dealing with OG chillin’ in the pool at the stadium.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Yeah, before Scrooge McLoria showed his true colors and began taking the team apart again. I’m just gonna have to stick to my own pool from now on – sans the Clevelander pneumatotropics.

    • ilovegspot - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      old gaytor

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        Younger ignorant homophobe

  2. chill1184 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks this whole episode is ridiculous at this point? I dont blame A-Rod for fighting it one bit but at the same time we even havent gotten to the other players yet.

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Yeah let’s see what Francisco Cervelli’s lawyers have to say.

    • ilovegspot - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      What point and what is ridiculous? you don’t blame him for fighting a mountain of evidence of his PED use over the last several years. AROD is ruined before being banned from baseball.

      HE should be banned for that kissing the mirror picture of him. What a sicko.

      • roadryder - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Well, that “mountain of evidence” is MLB’s story. It has yet to be subjected to legal scrutiny in an adversarial proceeding. Remember the evidence the DOJ had against Bonds and Clemens? What did it really get them besides embarrassment? And the DOJ is probably a lot better at this than MLB.

  3. bchapman2011 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    This is all a smokescreen compliments of Arod’s douchey handlers. They are posturing like they are not willing to accept a deal in order to negotiate the shortest suspension possible for Rodriguez. If baseball would offer only a one year ban with him eligible to return this time next year, he would take the deal in a heartbeat.

    • bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      “If baseball would offer only a one year ban …he would take the deal in a heartbeat.”

      Why? Why would he agree to anything? MLB has done everything in their power to wage a seedy anonymous sourcing PR war against A-Rod in the must sleazy underhanded manner possible, .. one unattributed leak after another.

      One year is 162 games why would he even consider that? As a first time offender he’s only liable for 50. Even if they prove he obstructed it’s 100. That less than half of the 210+ games they’re trying to get him to agree with. Not to mention that o\if he agrees to anything he’s admitting guilt. If he fights, .. win or lose he doesn’t have to admit anything.

      Do the math; One year = $25 mil, .. 50 = games $7.7 mil, .. 100 = $15.4, .. 210+ = $32.4+ mil.

      It’s not likely that A-Rod will eat a life time ban as even the “sources” that are saying MLB will do it have said they don’t think they can make it stick. If they can’t make it stick the most likely is either 50 or 100 games. And, if you look at the law, .. not public opinion, .. the law looks like it’s on A-Rod’s side. MLB does just want A-Rod to pay the prescribed penalty for a specific infraction they want to ground him into dust, .. and they are over playing their hand. A-Rod should tell them to “.. kiss off and I’ll see you in court”.

      This isn’t about defending A-Rod so much as just being disgusted with MLB’s low rent bullshit. The have mismanaged this from the start. They could have handed him his 50 game fine, .. let it go through the appeals process and have been done with it already. Instead they’re acting like tin horn dictators, .. and bumbling ones at that.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      how do you know what evidence they have, have you seen something, you sound like the
      guy TJ Quinn of espn who reports something different every half hour, for all the evidence I hear they have I haven’t seen anything yet that would scare them into a deal and Alex will play in Trenton tonight.

      • ilovegspot - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        Arod Kissed a mirror. Enough said. Ban him for that alone.

  4. beefytrout - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    even BEARS?!?

  5. rightherenow123 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Craig, your articles are the best. They actually follow logic and thought, unlike the NY rags. I would ask, how is it that a player suspended via Biogenesis who interfered with, bought, lied and used drugs got 50 games last year…but now they want a lifetime ban. Isn’t law set on precedent?

    Watch Arod get hurt tonight though lol Although, I think his leg would have to fall off to have him report the injury.

    • ilovegspot - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      If you like to side with drug users the you will love Graig’s articles. I think craig is the worst and your post is pretty stupid.

      • rightherenow123 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        No, I side with reason and the law and the rules already in place…but I guess my post is pretty stupid, as long as you think it to be.

      • bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        “I think craig is the worst and your post is pretty stupid.”

        You clearly didn’t think at all. The questioned posed is not only germane to the issue it’ll be a key to A-Rod’s defense. It’s a logical question to ask. And, while A-Rod might be suspended for 50 or 100 games, .. not 210+ or a life time ban.

        Just because Graig or somebody takes exception with the bumbling heavy hand was MLB has mishandled this situation doesn’t mean they are defending A-Rod or taking anybody’s side.

    • ilovegspot - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Low rent PED defenders. This isn’t law it is rules and MLB has evidence that he a has been using PEDs for years while lying, also his admitted use form 2000 to 2003.
      By the way ther is a picture of him kissing a mirror. Ban him for that alone.

      • southofheaven81 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        He a has been. And ther is that. U a are clearly rite.

      • ilovegspot - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        the defender are so dumb. Selig is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn’t with them. Keep bringing up the 90’s doesn’t change what need to happen now. Calcaterra wrote the nother would happen to Braun or anybody else. Guess what? He is wrong again. These idiots are all wrong. When Arod take his suspension like Braun did or the evidence on what a fraud he has been and for how long they will all go back to their comic books.

  6. rightherenow123 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Oh, and BTW…they have had 10 deadlines already…to your point its a game of chicken and MLB keeps moving the line back. Now with the Feds investigating Bosch, he may be silent.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      I support Alex and I hope he comes out smiling and smelling like a rose, make Bud look like a stupid old man who dragged MLB thru the mud while crying about the integrity of baseball.

      • ilovegspot - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        another moron.

  7. cosmoman11 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    MLB has considerable evidence, at least according to MLB. Despite all of the posturing A Rod will probably get 50 games just so MLB won’t have to show how flimsy their case is in the light of day.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Unfortunately according to the three attorneys deadspin had on today, the documents still won’t see the light of day even if it goes arbitration. The only way we’ll see them is if they get leaked, which most likely won’t include everything.

      • bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        “The only way we’ll see them is if they get leaked, which most likely won’t include everything.”

        Which means they will see he light of day via Bill Madden’s NYDN column. But, .. it won’t be the whole story.

        The only way that changes if the Feds decide to prosecute Boech and it goes to trial.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        MLB is good at leaking info.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        MLB is good at leaking info.

        Of course, but they will only leak the info that makes them look good and/or Arod look bad.

  8. bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    “Never does it seem more clear that what Major League Baseball wants is to have an agreed suspension as opposed to having to fight any appeal, even if they are confident that they will ultimately be successful.”

    They might get their 50 or 100 game suspension but it’s unlikely they’ll get life time ban.

    If I was A-Rod I won’t agree to anything. At this point they given him no option but fighting and it’s clear that they want total capitulation. If they were sure that they’d get their lifetime ban, .. they’d banned him by now.

    MLB is looking vindictive and overbearing, .. which when applied to A-Rod is even unseemly. But, don’t for a minute that the other players aren’t noticing this behavior. This does seem so much about justice as getting even for looking foolish with Bonds and Clemens.

    • ilovegspot - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      harold, go find a woman and get laid. That won’t happen here and probably anywhere else, hence your availability here.

      • roadryder - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        What about your availability here or are you asking us to believe that you’re banging Kate Upton while writing your moronic, intellectually-challenged posts. More likely you’re servicing yourself with the right hand and typing with the left.

      • bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        spot, .. the next time you feel like sharing your thoughts, .. don’t. You’re neither intelligent, insightful or witty.

        It’s best to keep your thoughts to yourself and have people just think you’re an imbecile.

  9. uyf1950 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I just to say this:

  10. tbutler704 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    MLB is in a situation where they have to throw the book at him. After all this, even 150 games will seem as if they caved.

    • rightherenow123 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Then just suspend him…geez

  11. natslady - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    And this is different from this

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/01/report-alex-rodriguez-plans-to-fight-suspension-through-appeal-process/

    how?

  12. deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    If MLB really wanted top get the dirt on A-Rod, they should have just hired Joey Greco.

    http://yourvolleyssuck.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/cheaters_joey_greco.jpg

  13. pisano - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Arod is going to make these lawyers a lot of money, (his money) but in the long run Arod will lose. He should take the suspension, no matter what it is, it will cost him a lot less than what these lawyers are going to cost him.

  14. mybrunoblog - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Why not a 162 game suspension? Seems fair to me. Two caveats. Arod must admit PED use and Arod is permitted to rehab at the minor leage level after he serves 100 games thereby giving him time to prep for his MLB return. Everyone wins. MLB gets a lengthy suspension, and Arod gets to continue his career without the threat of the lifetime ban. By my calculation Arod would be on track to return in early August of 2014. Deal? Ok deal.

    • pisano - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      It’s too logical, the lawyers would talk him out of it. He’ll end up paying millions to the lawyers, and most likely still be suspended, or banned. There is a possibility of a life time ban.

  15. s2mikey - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Pay rod is easily the most hated athlete ever and he should be. Dude is a phony and his numbers are all bunk. I was excited when the Yankees got him and I wanted to like the kid. But, he’s a showboating, prima Dona who only cares about money and skanky Hollywood broads. He never puts up when it matters either. Racks up stats against the pirates and royals and promptly collapses during big games. I’d love to see him banned from the entire planet, not just baseball. Go tear an ACL…..

    • jwbiii - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Alex Rodriguez, career:
      302/384/557 v. Teams < .500
      298/385/564 v. Teams >= .500

      Intelligence failure.

      If you wanted to talk about Derek Jeter, then you would have a valid point.
      325/397/465 v. Teams < .500
      299/364/429 v. Teams >= .500

  16. bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    “… but in the long run Arod will lose.”

    No, I don’t think he will. Even the “sources” leaking MLB side of it have admitted that he isn’t likely to eat a life time ban.

    Most of us here aren’t lawyers but we can read and comprehend. And, frankly if you had 12 lawyers in a room they’d like have 7 opinions on the case. But, the law doesn’t seem to be on MLB’s side. They know it but are willing to bluster anyway.

    “.. it will cost him a lot less than what these lawyers are going to cost him.”

    I don’t know about that either.

    The math: One year = $25 mil, .. 50 = games $7.7 mil, .. 100 = $15.4, .. 210+ = $32.4+ mil. Are they going to cost him more than 15-20 mil? Besides, .. money he’s got. MLB is doing their best to screw with him, .. If I were him, I’d fight for that reason alone.

  17. sabatimus - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Every day I’m amazed at how much larger the collection of abject fools gets.

    • Gamera the Brave - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      You’re referring to ilovegspot’s HBT debut, I assume?…

  18. paperlions - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    For the 2nd day in a row, the NFL has suspended a player for PEDs. Again, no fanfare, no leaks, no moralizing, no grandstanding….just a failed test, a suspension according to the CBA, and a press release.

    • bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Yes, and had MLB nailed A-Rod with his 50 suspension,.. he might have appealed, .. likely lost and this is over by now. Instead, MLB is dragging this out, .. turning into a soap opera and, unlike you, I don’t think they’ll win. At most he’ll get a 50-100 game suspension. MLB has miss handled this both strategically and tactically and, most of all, they are going to lose the union over these missteps.

      But, what if their mountain of evidence is more like a mole hill of evidence? What if A-Rod flat beats them? Everybody is sure that A-Rod’s a cheater, .. he even admitted it once. But, the ONLY description of the evidence, both quantity and quality has been provided by unnamed sources which are without a doubt MLB. The very people that are suppose to keep this entire process confidential are the ones crapping all over it

      I’m amazed that not more people are bothered by the quality of witness’ MLB is relying on, .. the way they coerced those witness’, .. the fact that MLB is doing their best to by pass the CBA and JDA unilaterally, .. the sleazy under ground PR campaign, and their attempt to bully a player into taking their sanctions, .. ‘or else”, (OK it’s A-Rod we’re talking about but what happens the next time?). The people that are in charge of upholding the rules are doing their damnedest to circumvent the rules not so much for justice as, from my point of view, but vindictiveness. Short sighted, and stupid!

      • paperlions - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        I have no idea why you think that I think MLB would win an appeal. I don’t think MLB has a leg to stand on for going past 50 games.

        My ENTIRE point was that the NFL conducts all of their business INCLUDING ANY APPEALS without any leaks, they stick to the CBA, and they move on. MLB is creating this soap opera all on its own.

      • bigharold - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        Did you read what I wrote?

        “Yes, and had MLB nailed A-Rod with his 50 suspension,.. he might have appealed,…”

        Yes, as in I agree. “..he..” As in A-Rod might have appealed. How is MLB baseball going to appeal it’s own decision???

        So fess up, .. you either skimmed right trough it or you had a couple, (few), of adult beverages before you read this. It’s OK, .. I’ve had a few Captain Morgan’s. It’s allowed.

  19. bigyankeemike - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:08 PM

  20. anxovies - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Of course there is posturing, Craig. Rodriguez’ lawyers are doing what all good lawyers do, let the other side know you are prepared to go to the wall and savage them mercilessly if the matter goes to trial. That’s how you get the other side to talk settlement under reasonable terms. That’s the way its done, whether in sports law, criminal law or civil litigation. The league knows that it can be made to look like its been run by a bunch of clowns in the way that they have handled the PEDs situation if this thing ends up in court. Prediction: 75 games max unless they have really strong evidence against him, which I doubt because if that was so it would have been leaked long ago.

    • artisan3m - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      “75 games max unless they have really strong evidence against him, ”

      Part of posturing is ‘the bluff’ which is not limited to ARod’s group. If they had such evidence that would prevail even under the closest scrutiny, Selig would have already issued his ruling. He wouldn’t be dragging his heels. What may be at play here is how he will be compensated by the Yankees for a ruling that voids ARod’s contract and how to launder the money so it can’t be traced back. The evidence is the same this coming Monday as it was last Monday and Selig couldn’t pull the trigger. This doesn’t pass the smell test.

  21. rasgrand - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    A lot of people are going to disagree with this, but I think Alex Rodriguez is innocent, of using PED’s why risk that large sum of money, the one exception is he could of used growth hormones, like Andy Pettitte did, to help him get his way back on the field, which makes sense since he is progressing faster than expected, which is undeserving of a lifetime ban, even though his second offense, a point I said before, why risk that much GUARANTEED MONEY. He probably wanted to get back up to the Major Leagues as soon as possible, and used hormone growth, to speed up the process, couldn’t see anything else happening

  22. artisan3m - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Regardless of the outcome, Selig’s stated concern for “the integrity of the game” is hardly served when the game’s commissioner can’t render at timely decision. This has been dragging on for weeks ~ ~ ~ ~ needlessly.

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