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Report: Alex Rodriguez to receive suspension Monday, through 2014 season

Aug 3, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

A source told Outside the Lines that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday. It is expected that Rodriguez will be suspended through the 2014 season. Rodriguez just had his 38th birthday, so if he is to return after his suspension, he would be 40 years old when the 2015 season ends.

An important detail:

Rodriguez has already stated that he plans to appeal any suspension.

Speaking to the media after last night’s rehab game with the Trenton Thunder, Rodriguez said he felt he could play another five years. He currently has 647 career home runs to his name, 13 shy of tying Willie Mays in fourth place on the all-time list. Assuming relatively good health, Rodriguez likely would have easily moved atop Mays in 2014.

Outside the Lines also learned that up to 12 additional players will receive 50-game suspensions without appeal.

  1. Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    So was the “best interests” clause just another empty threat, or is baseball really going to try to make him sit pending his appeal?

    • bigharold - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Wait till they can’t make 210+ games stick either.

      They can’t make him sit unless the ban him.

      I’m glad ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported this, .. I was afraid that MLB couldn’t go another day without leaking something about A-Rod.

      Hate A-Rod all you want but MLB is no better. What a bunch of unethical hacks.

      • rightherenow123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Who do you think leaked it to OTL? It is funny how suspensions were not to be announced until after the appeal process. This has been going on for months.

      • rightherenow123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Actually, and technically…he could be playing under appeal now…although the leaks in this are relentless.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        MLB is terrible – I mean they are acting as if he looked them straight in the eye and lied. They should treat these guys sympatheticaly – I mean, what is the downside to people cheating, and then lying about it?

        And for the record – I don’t hate A-Rod. I think he is pathetic. I think he had the world at his feet and it wasn’t enough, so he cheated to get better. And when it was revealed he used in 2001-03, he easily could have gone clean (with a huge payday already secured) – again, it wasn’t enough.

        Whatever happens to him, it is 110% his own fault

      • dickclydesdale - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        MLB needs tougher penalties to deter players from using ped’s. I propose that a player that fails a ped test is either put in a shark tank or put in a cage with a grizzly bear. I guarantee you the game would be clean!

      • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        Re: Rightherenow123

        You are wrong, plain and simple, about him being able to play under appeal right now.

      • jfk69 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        I hope Arod challenges Selig. Lets not forget BUDDY BOY Selig and the other owners caught in the baseball owner collusion scandal and paying a 300 MILLION DOLLAR fine after getting tired of paying the players as free agents. How this clown who had no problem with 10 gallon head Bonds,McAroider.and Popeye Sosa when they filling stadiums and chasing BS home titles is beyond me. No wonder his fellow owners made him the commish. This guy has much dirty laundry as Aroid and to think he is doing it for good of baseball only is fools belief. While Arod is not a likeable figure he should be treated no different than Seligs own player Braun. Most of these players caught don’t have the financial resources to wage a fight with MLB whether they are guilty or not. Arod does.
        This case is unique because they are no tests. Just a disgraced owner of a clinic trying to save his ass. Yes a self admitted user. However making him the Great Satan smacks of Seligs old owner mentality and makes me want to see the evidence even more. So Alex..The proverbial baseball is in your hands. Put up…Or shut up!

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Alex says he is “confused”…That is his excuse for refusing to admit that he continued to use ped’s after his news conference in 2009 where he said he was clean since 2003.
      He was given a second chance and failed. He should be put in a cage with a grizzly bear to scare him straight.

  2. daubs17 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Been a long time coming to this a-hole. He’s a self serving fraud and a liar, and it sucks that he’s made as much money as he has cheating the rest of baseball all the way to the bank. I hope he doesn’t get another dime going forward, just a shame that if that happens the Yanks won’t have to pay the price for signing a player to the all time worst contract in the history of any major sport. Happy trails douche bag

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

      The Yanks signed Albert Pujols? When did that happen?

      • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Hearsay? When did the Yanks sign Hearsay?

      • thumper001 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Hey! Don’t knock Hearsay. I was always told by the old-timers that Hearsay is the all-time leader when it comes to WAR.

        This guy knows somebody else that said. That guy knows somebody else that said something different. They all know somebody who knows somebody else that said something. And then, its on. For real.

        {Chinese whispers} I heard from a guy standing in a really long line that ARod is “some big ditch”…

        (note: Chinese Whispers is an old parlor game best played with 10+ people. First, the group elects a Source (1st person) and a Sink (last person). The Source writes a short description or statement on a piece of paper (in the above example; what was the Source’s written statement? LOL), and hands it to the second person in a line to read. That person then whispers the statement in the 3rd’s ear, and so on, until it reaches the Sink, who then writes what they are told on a second piece of paper; and the papers compared. Some truly funny stuff can come out of it; but its done to demonstrate the deviations/distortions caused by personal bias in repeated, person-to-person verbal communication (gossip))

  3. heyblueyoustink - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    In the meantime, with all the time off, I hope he can figure out how those damned three sea shells work.

    • bigharold - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      That was a funny movie. Too bad they destroyed that 442.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    That’s it? Give him the lifetime ban already!!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      That is much too easy. It is much crueler to punish both Arod and the team that threw the money at him to make him play while he is in his 40’s. I want to see him try to leg out an infield single after 2 years of inactivity.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        Easy? The bluejays got a life time ban back in 1993!!! Hey nice starting pitching Again tonight!!! That team is going nowhere fast!!

  5. tuberippin - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    $34 million for this douchebag is chump change. He’s less interested in the game than the money. But whatever…as long as we don’t have to have constant A-Rod updates until the end of 2014, I guess it’s okay.

    • bigharold - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      “$34 million for this douchebag is chump change. He’s less interested in the game than the money.”

      Those statements are contradictory. And, depending on your source A-Rod is worth north of $300 mil so while I wouldn’t discount money, .. he’s not worried about it either. With the way they leaked all sorts of nonsense about him in the last week, .. they’ve given him no reason not to fight anything they propose.

      MLB has been blustering for over a week; 150 game suspension, .. 210+ games, .. life time ban. Capitulation or else!! Well it turns out that even they know that can’t make a life time ban stick. Wait until they are told they can’t make 210+ games stick either.

    • cackalackyank - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Surely you jest. This publicity hogging douche nozzle? Avoid doing something to get his name in the media for…20 MONTHS. Unless he changes entire M.O. from the last 10 years…there will be plenty to update. I’m sure he already as a flunkie working on a list of slighty over the hill movie stars that he can shag to keep the focus on his antics. You know…just to keep his fan base entertained and all that warm fuzzy kinda stuff.

  6. thegonz13 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Great! He’s going to be suspended.

    NOW, can we move on to something else? M’kaythxbye!

  7. pjmarn6 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Everybody should remember the picture of Rodriguez chatting with Warren Buffet on the Yankee infield. I bet they weren’t talking about squeeze plays.

  8. dannymac17 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    For once, the MLB is helping out the Yankees.

  9. connormyboy - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Big Harold you are correct MLB has no balls should of been banned forever.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      should of? Come on…

  10. eightyraw - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    After all the other ESPN reports were wrong, why believe this one?

  11. elwaysmilehighdenver - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Go away for good A-roid!! Signed MLB

    • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      ARoid?! Wow that is so clever and hilarious. I’ve never heard that before, but it is genius. That nickname is pure gold!

  12. hittfamily - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    How does this alter arbitration cases? I’d imagine the numbers are affected by what their peers make. More importantly, how does this change the qualifying offer number? It’s the average of the top 125 salaries if I’m not mistaken. Does 25.2 mil now get thrown out and 7 mil (or whatever the 126th salary is) get inserted?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Assumption, warning Giant Assumption, but I’d assume if he were suspended it wouldn’t be included since his salary isn’t counted towards anything else.

      Anyone know?

    • rightherenow123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      I don’t think it alters anything. People are always getting mad and hating attorneys. Hating judges, but they go by the rule of law and mostly precedent. Much of US law came from the federalist papers. Too late to be serious…

  13. rightherenow123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    HERE IS MY BIGGEST QUESTION (yes, the CAPS are for a reason) Supposedly MLB wanted AROD to settle/plea for the rest of this season and into 2014. So, their suspension is to ban him….wait for it…for this season and next.

    Ummmmmm, anyone see anything wrong with that at all???????

  14. proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I am curious about the other players. Some names are known, but there will be some surprises.

    • rightherenow123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      They should go after the NBA and other sports…or guess what, prosecute the star witness who sold drugs to kids. Nah….hate on baseball players though. Cops are taking steroids, we don’t care about that…but ohhhh…..the records. NOOOOO

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:08 PM


      • rightherenow123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        You want me to start linking stories where cops, who have tax payer benefits are getting steroids from wellness clinics???

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Your comment is not relevant to either my post or MLB. It is a non-sequitur. If you want to make a statement, there is no reason to link it to my comment.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        1) This post is about MLB’s pending punishment of A-Rod. “They” have no authority to either go after NBA players or prosecute anybody.
        2) No, I for one do not care about cops using steroids.
        3) I personally am okay with whatever punishment any of the players get once all appeals, if any, are done. I am annoyed with not following the processes outlined in the JDA.
        4) None of what you posted has anything to do with proudlycanadian’s comment.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      I will give you a hint………………JOSE………………….that’s your hint I bet even you can figure that out

  15. beavertonsteve - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    There is just something wrong when a front office is giving each other high fives over their own player being suspended.

  16. jrmalo23 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Should’ve received life ban.

    • abaird2012 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Should “of” — there, FTFY.

      • Anoesis - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        This is one of those errors typically made by a person more familiar with the spoken than the written form of English.

        A sentence like “I would have gone if anyone had given me free tickets” is normally spoken in a slurred way so that the two words “would have” are not distinctly separated, but blended together into what is properly rendered “would’ve.” Seeing that “V” tips you off right away that “would’ve” is a contraction of “would have.” But many people hear “would of” and that’s how they write it. Wrong.

        I hope you were being facetious. If you were serious you should’ve paid more attention in grade school. See what I did there?

      • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        I think you mean “should of paid more attention in grade school.” Stupid is as stupid does, amirite?

  17. geddy39 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Glad to see these all these “cheaters” getting punished, but no way a lifetime ban would stick. Case will obviously go to an outside arbiter and MLB knows that a ban through 2014 is the most they likely would get.

    The extra length for “in the best interests of MLB” is ridiculous in that MLB waits until now to try and enforce it? Did Selig all of a sudden grow a set? I’m sure we all can think of dozens of players that could have and likely should have been suspended for violating the clause.

  18. flickflint - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    It is not August 4th. Why is it they always quote tweets with the wrong dates?

  19. barkleyblows - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    For as much as this guy cheats, he’s lucky to even have a chance to play again.

    Shocked he isn’t dead yet from all the steroids.

    • eightyraw - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      Because PED automatically means anabolic steroids.

  20. rick1k6 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Wow, that Sports Illustrated cover jinx really kicked ARod’s ass.

  21. trapshoot - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Suspend him for life.

  22. 27xwschamps - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    A Fraud !!!!! …. Just disappear like a fart in the wind !!!! 😖😖

  23. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    I still think Bonds, Mays, Arod are the 3 best players of all time. Ruth would be Matt Stairs now

    • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Comparing players across decades, let alone 80-100 years, is inherently flawed.

    • Jack Marshall - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:39 AM


    • thumper001 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      What years did Matt Stairs lead the league in pitching?

      • sandrafluke2012 - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        When did Stairs play against just white guys?

  24. maddogg911 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    I understand MLB had strong evidence against on him however MLB still needs to abode by the agreement MLB and MLBPA have in place. I’m no ARod fan, but a lifetime ban on a first official offense is absurd. He’s never tested positive to any MLB administered test. Why seek a lifetime ban?!? Lets play by the rules, fair is fair.

    • mogogo1 - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      Just another example of how being a total d-bag comes back to bite you. No other player would be staring at a lifetime ban in a case like this, but since everybody hates A-Rod (for good reason) they’re going to go nuts on the guy. I hate A-rod but I hate Selig just as badly.

    • Anoesis - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      “Abode?” Well, I guess it is a house of horrors after all.

  25. sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Bye bye, nut sack.

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