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MLB brings down the hammer on Alex Rodriguez

Aug 5, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

We will have a more thorough report on this soon, but for now here is MLB’s press release on Alex Rodiguez: he is suspended for 211 games:

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.

Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years.  Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.  The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.

Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez’s suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline.

The 211 games actually begin Thursday, as it won’t become effective until Thursday. It’s unclear why, but I believe it is due to official notice provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Joint Drug Agreement.

  1. apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Yankee fans – you and A-Rod deserve each other.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      way to generalize

      • apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Show me the Yankee fan that says “please take away our 2009 trophy – we cheated and it doesn’t feel right”.

        Yeah, I didn’t think so.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Why? They beat all of the cheaters on the other teams too.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        No, you are wrong. They didn’t beat the cheaters on my Pirates team. You know why? Because we didn’t have any cheaters.

        You wanted it, you paid for it, you embraced it and continue to embrace it – you get to live with it.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Because we didn’t have any cheaters.

        Maybe you should have cheated? Might have had one season over .500 in the last 20 years…

      • bigharold - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        “No, you are wrong. They didn’t beat the cheaters on my Pirates team.”

        That you know about, .. yet. We all should be as rock certain as you about the irrational generalizations we rant.

        Ironic, .. you criticize Yankee fans but as soon as the Pirates are relevant for 15 consecutive minutes, .. for the first time in 20 years, .. you can’t help but do a little chest thumping. Pot, meet kettle.

    • pisano - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      …and you deserve a kick in the nuts, scumbag.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Watching the Sopranos doesn’t make you a tough guy. Not even anonymously on the internet.

        Enjoy your 4th place team, pal.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        We’re not sure how to act about being in 4th place. As a pirates fan, can you give us hints about how you’ve dealt with it all these years?

      • apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        @church – “We’re not sure how to act about being in 4th place. As a pirates fan, can you give us hints about how you’ve dealt with it all these years?”

        Sure – it’s called getting a life, instead of calling into WFAN every day to scream at Mike Francesa about Pettite and Jeter and A-Rod and Girardi.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        I wouldn’t call WFAN if you paid me. And I can’t have a life, I have a wife and a 15mo old boy that’s eating me out of house and home.

        Got anything else?

      • apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        @church – “I wouldn’t call WFAN if you paid me.”

        Good for you! Tell your friends.

    • anxovies - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Show me a Texan who doesn’t brag about that flat craphole they live in and then sneak up to Ruidoso and Taos to pollute our ski slopes with loudmouths.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        Haha – good one!

  2. floridacock - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Yankees need to pay the man no matter what!

    • 18thstreet - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      They should also be forced to make him pitch. And also stand in the fungo circle between at bats so fans can throw fruit at him.

      But if they really want to humiliate him, they should just let him play in the playoffs again. Because that’s been awesome.

  3. Hunter Pence's Eyes - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    ’bout time.

  4. perryt200 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    211 seems harsh even if he was main lining the stuff and i am not an A-rod fan.

    arbitration will be less, but still prob over 100 games.

  5. chacochicken - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    For his next career, I think Arod should become a Latin/South American dictator with the dark sunglasses and beret. Maybe grow a moustache.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Not maybe. He definitely needs the mustache.

    • nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Has any Latin American country been ruled by a centaur before? This could make history.

  6. siggtacular - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Good riddance

  7. scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    The odds that arbitrated penalty comes out to one calendar year?

  8. chill1184 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Has Selig made a long winded statement about “saving the integrity of the game” yet?

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Yes. Posted 5 minutes after this.

  9. sdelmonte - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    So no matter what, the sideshow has arrived in Chicago.

    I think Joe Girardi might have just bought out all the antacid in the city in preparation.

  10. beearl - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Curious to see what happens if A-Rod appeals, plays several weeks and doesn’t win his appeal. Will the 211 game suspension bleed into 2015? Will it include the 2014 post-season?

    • lazlosother - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      I think it’s going to be reduced. How Bud justifies 211 games will be interesting “Well, I just thought he was 4.22 times as bad as the other guys, and 211 is such a nice round number”. It wouldn’t surprise me to see it at 100 games or less.

      A-Rod’s contract pays less each year at this point, that along with the time value of $ makes it worth while for him to delay the start of the suspension as long as he can.

  11. bmoreravens1012013 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    This whole Yankees/MLB collusion is disgusting. Everyone knows that MLB wants the Yankees to get out of that contract. O hope Arod sticks it to them where it hurts and I hope the media does its job for once and harp on that very point. Somehow I doubt they will!!

    • anxovies - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Which MLB teams want the Yankees team salary reduced? Boston? Baltimore? Tampa Bay? I don’t doubt that the Yankees would like to get out from under the contract but I do doubt that there is any collusion between the team and the MLB. The other teams would go ballistic. I think that MLB jumped on ARod as an example to show that it is serious about PEDs. The thinking is nobody likes ARod so we can slam him as much as we like.

  12. bigdaddy44 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    How many years can A-Rod survive on sushi?

  13. ndnut - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Any bets that A-Rod won’t be on the Yankees postseason roster next year even though he is eligible? They will claim he’s “too rusty,” but we all know they just don’t want to pay him or even see him associated with the Yankee brand ever again. When he complains about it, Cashman can do a reprise of STFU-gate.

    • tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      LOL @ Yankees postseason roster…..

  14. bravojawja - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    If the Yankees don’t win the World Series, can they still call it a “Championship Season”?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Noe less accurate than calling it a “World” Series. Silly US sports and their sense of importance

    • nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Only in cities other than New York.

  15. mc1439 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    This is messed up because this is his first offense and should have only been 50 games. I’m not a fan of Aroid @ all, but Bud Selig is a punk.

  16. mvp43 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    He is such an arrogant SOB, I hope his appeal is denied right away.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Who, Bud?

  17. 8man - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see if there is any actual negotiations in regards to the length of the suspension and if ARod would have been better off just taking the 150 games. Assuming it was actually an option.

    I also wonder how much traction he’ll actually have given some of the players have conceded and the rest may not even appeal.

  18. jayscarpa - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    So how many games under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and how many under the basic agreement – 50/161? 100/101?

    • tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      As has been said about 8000 times before, the 50/100/lifetime rules are related to testing, this ain’t that.

      • jayscarpa - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Lol. Read the statement.

        My bad with the 100+101 = 211

  19. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I would bet good money that Roid got word of the upcoming Biogenesis leak right around playoff time last year and had to quit using his PEDs…hence the 2-29 with a million Ks. The mental dependence on his juice gone, his confidence was non-existent and he looked like a blind fool at the plate. I hope he repeats that tonight, and every night he plays. A Golden Sombrero every night and being benched and pinch-hit for constantly. I don’t even know why the Yankees, even with a Girl-Scout lineup, expect this fraud to help.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      I would bet good money that Roid got word of the upcoming Biogenesis leak right around playoff time last year and had to quit using his PEDs…hence the 2-29 with a million Ks.

      Yeah, definitely getting off the ‘roids considering Biogenesis wasn’t even in the news then. Oh, and it definitely wasn’t related to the hip surgery he had in the offseason.

      Nah, definitely the roids….

      • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Considering he was their #1 client, Aroid didn’t NEED to read the news, he had a pipeline straight to Bosch and everyone else inside Biogenesis. His hip didn’t cause him to look like a Girl Scout during the regular season, either, so don’t use THAT as an excuse. It makes much more sense that he could not resupply due to MLB investigators on his ass, his text, phone records, etc…which more than likely happened, since they have been on his trail forever. Somebody leaks it to him from the clinic, he is out of ‘roids, and he falls on his face. Much more logical than his hip if you think about it.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Yeah, couldn’t have had anything to do with his hip falling apart, could it have?

  20. anxovies - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Can’t say I know much about labor law but after the arbitration I guess the next step for ARod is federal court unless there is an intermediate administrative step. If he makes a strong showing if the arbitration and before a state or federal judge he could get an injunction prohibiting the suspension until the case is heard on the merits, which would probably not be until late next year.

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