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Rob Manfred calls Alex Rodriguez’s career “sad” and “tarnished”

Oct 31, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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The World Series is over, but the games continue between Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez.

After Bud Selig said during the World Series that he was “very comfortable” with how MLB handled their investigation, Rodriguez fired back today by directly criticizing the commissioner. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York has the statement in full:

“I am deeply troubled by my team’s investigative findings with respect to MLB’s conduct,” Rodriguez said in a statement released through his spokesman. “How can the gross, ongoing misconduct of the MLB investigations division not be relevant to my suspension, when my suspension supposedly results directly from that division’s work?

“It is sad that Commissioner Selig once again is turning a blind eye, knowing that crimes are being committed under his regime. I have 100% faith in my legal team. To be sure, this fight is necessary to protect me, but it also serves the interests of the next 18-year-old coming into the league, to be sure he doesn’t step into the house of horrors that I am being forced to walk through.”

This resulted in a harsh response from MLB’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, who is serving as a panel member in A-Rod’s arbitration hearing:

“This latest, sad chapter in Mr. Rodriguez’s tarnished career is yet another example of this player trying to avoid taking responsibility for his poor choices,” Manfred said. “Given the disappointing acts that Mr. Rodriguez has repeatedly made throughout his career, his expressed concern for young people rings very hollow. Mr. Rodriguez’s use of PEDs was longer and more pervasive than any other player, and when this process is complete, the facts will prove it is Mr. Rodriguez and his representatives who have engaged in ongoing, gross misconduct.”

A-Rod’s lead attorney, Joe Tacopina, has since called for Manfred to be removed from the proceedings.

The appeal of Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension is set to resume on November 18 while arbitrator Fredric Horowitz will likely make a ruling at some point in December. As for A-Rod’s lawsuit against MLB, it is set to begin with a conference on November 7. Like it or not, get prepared for more verbal barbs in the weeks to come.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    oh an this:

  2. j0esixpack - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    If they do remove him from the proceedings because he’s shown his bias – it was SO worth it to have him speak his mind about a delusional A-Rod.

    If A-Rod has any shred of respect for the game, he’ll come clean and beg for mercy in the court of public opinion.

    Denial is going to whip his detractors into a frenzy. Someone’s giving this guy bad advice – and Manfred’s doing A-Rod a favor by telling him where this is going if he stays his present course.

    • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Hard to imagine A-roid’s detractors in much more of a frenzy than they already are in now. Matter o’ fack, if they don’t want to be herded to the pit and shot, they better wipe that foam from around their mouths.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        “if they don’t want to be herded to the pit and shot”

        Say what you will about the volume with Rodriguez – but people don’t give a hoot about the vast majority of players who used PED’s. They give a hoot about people who say: “There is zero proof that the sky is blue, and it is shameful that the commisioner has paid a known criminal to testify that the sky is blue. I am confidant that when the facts are revealed, the truth of the sky color will come out”

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        But Manfred and co seem to be saying the sky turned blue because ARod choked it.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Astually what they said is the sky is blue because of:

        “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.”

        Multiple years. Cover up.

        Now, if that turns out not to be true, then that is a huge problem for MLB. But note Rodriguez doesn’t really say that. He just says he is victim, and the “truth will come out”. – whatever the hell that means.

        The sky is blue. If I am wrong, I will be the first to say so, in all bold letters. But the sky sure as hell looks blue to me. And if he were a Cleveland Indian, you would agree.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Right, because ARod is one public confession away from earning the love of millions of adoring fans. I understand people disliking ARod, even to an extreme degree. But I thnk, for the most part, those people already had those opinions before any PED revelations, let alone the current allegations and legal tussle.

      Let’s stop pretending that ARod can do anything to win over those people. They have proven that they are unwinnable for him. But let’s also stop pretending that their dislike comes from some place of righteous indignation. Any claim to moral authority came after the fact.

      • j0esixpack - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        People can be very forgiving for someone who admits a mistake

        In this case though I think you are right – it appears this isn’t an isolated incident – as Manfred said these are “disappointing acts that Mr. Rodriguez has repeatedly made throughout his career” – and by A-roid’s own response it’s clear he has no remorse

        While we don’t know the extent to which other players have used PEDs comparisons of Rodriguez and someone like Ortiz are apples and oranges

        All of baseball is a “little bit pregnant” when it comes to PEDs – but A-Rod seems like he’s metaphorically going to give birth to octuplets!

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        When ARod came clean about his PED use while with the Rangers, it only caused more scorn. And he was already hated then. People like Ortiz (and Pettitte, and Brian Roberts) so they can skate. Nobody liked ARod to begin with, so Bud decided to make him the object of all PED scorn and punishment. And the, ARod was SELFISH enough not to accept the blame for a generation of drug use perpetuated by the willfull ignorance of Bud & Co.

        Seriously, how big of a dill hole does Bud need to be to make me defend ARod’s relative honor?

      • j0esixpack - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Another excellent point (on the Bud dill-hole thing at the very least)

  3. xpensivewinos - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    He forgot to add “pathetic liar” to the list.

    • nbjays - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Don’t forget “baseball’s greatest monster” and “the evil one”.

      • itsyourceiling - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Totally agree. Baseball needs to get rid of Manfred immediately.

    • ilovegspot - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      does manfred kiss mirrors like aroid. google arod kissing mirror and try not to throw up at the picture of aroid making out with himself.

  4. countduku - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    tarnished yes, but i wouldn’t exactly say he has had a sad career. 99.999% of this world would love to have had his career, life style and bank account. Just because he will never be a hall of famer, doesn’t take back the career he had, even it was as cheater and arrogant “poor decision maker”… just sayin’….

    • Anoesis - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Claiming the ends justify the means is a morally bankrupt defense. Rodriguez could have had a very successful career without PEDs. I think you’ve grossly overestimated the number of people who would willingly abandon any sense of personal responsibility or self respect in order to cheat their way to fame and riches.

      Are there people like that? Of course, we hear about them all the time, but I find it difficult to believe the vast majority of folks would want to be remembered as a narcissistic, entirely self-centered egomaniac who is not only utterly devoid of basic, common morals, but also finds nothing whatsoever wrong with consistently circumventing rules in order to profit. Those traits do, however, make Rodriguez more than qualified for a career as a financial conglomerate’s CEO.

      • countduku - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:31 AM

        all i’m saying is that to call his career “sad”, is an insult to 99.999% of the hard working people in this world who have struggled working countless hours just to make ends meet, put food on the table for their families, raise families, fought for their country, etc,etc…. Many words can describe his now contriversial and tainted career, but sad is not one of them.

      • anxovies - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        You forgot to mention the ethical bankruptcy of an arbitrator who makes public statements indicating guilt during the course of an arbitration. Have you considered what your reaction would be to a juror who made statements such as those made by Mr. Manfred if you were on trial? I don’t know the extent of Rodriguez’ involvement in PEDs and the other charges (and neither do you), but any pretense of fairness or objectivity by MLB in this matter has long been abandoned. Manfred’s statement has put an end to any remaining doubt on that subject. His statements have irretrievably tainted the proceedings and revealed him as MLB’s hatchet man.

  5. rathipon - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    A circus atmosphere more or less suits A-Rod. MLB, on the other hand, shouldn’t find it necessary to respond in kind to every ridiculous thing that he or his lawyers say. It’s beneath MLB as an organization. Manfred, in particular, has done himself no favors recently. First, he wildly overplayed his hand against A-Rod with the absurd 211 game suspension. And now this tit for tat childish BS in the press. I hope people are noticing, as he’s apparently one of the favorites to succeed Bud as commissioner. This guy is not ready for prime time.

  6. 7mantel - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    He should have used the Big Papi defense ” I dont know how I tested positve “

    • klingonj - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      they would have to have had test results back for him to say that. so far, no test failures

  7. racksie - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    This fight has three factions: MLB that is claiming it has evidence of ped use against the plaintiff. A-ROD who denies all use of said PED’s. And then we have the lawyers hired by A-ROD who will gladly take his money, bill thousands of hours, fight his silly arguments, to the best of their ability, and in the end, get paid, while no one believes one thing their client claims. And who wins? Well MLB, and the lawyers. The client is clearly delusional, and can’t get out of his own way. But he has the money and his lawyers sit around every day, counting the money, and mocking him, knowing the only loser is the client. No matter the outcome. He is spending what is likely an equal amount of money (relatively speaking) on lawyers, he would have lost on a suspension. Guy can’t get out of his own way.

    • klingonj - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:31 AM

      I doubt he is spending even 10% of the 43M he would lose because of suspensions. maybe if the MLB idiots would have punished him per their agreement, this wouldnt e happening. anyone notice a push by the MLB office to get A Rod suspended (and off the yankees payroll) coincides with the yanks stated position of staying under the luxury cap?

      • Anoesis - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Four million dollars ain’t chump change. Spending it on a losing fight is idiotic. Your conspiracy theory would make a boring movie.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Perhaps if MLB had stuck to the rules they negotiated with the player’s union, none of this would have happened. Instead, Bud and his crew decided to grandstand and try to boost their reputations on ARod’s back. If they had suspended him 50 games, we would likely not be having these discussions.

  8. joestemme - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Fuc# A-Roid and his sad and tarnished career.

  9. evanpenn - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Arod is a sociopath. He does not experience shame or guilt. He cannot distinguish between lies and the truth, right or wrong.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Listen, and understand! That A-ROD is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

      • yahmule - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Not bad, but you’re no Michael Biehn.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Hey, if you were linda Hamilton (circa 1984) I might be trying a little harder.

  10. mvd513 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Free A-Rod!

    • Anoesis - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Free a rod? Any rod or are you just advocating for your own?

  11. theskinsman - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    And now, back to the Yankee portion of the 2013 playoffs…

    • Anoesis - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      *payoffs. Fixed it for ya.

      • theskinsman - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM


  12. dan1111 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    Can’t they both lose?

    • Anoesis - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Haven’ they both already?

  13. RoyHobbs39 - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Notice the use of “regime”. I love how when people try to portray a chosen leader as an evil despot, they incorporate the use of the dreaded “regime”. I was listening to Rush (not Craig’s favorite Canadian band, but the recovering drug addict on the radio) and it was very similar. Do you think A-Rod listens to a lot of conservative talk radio?

  14. stevem7 - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Just goes to show how broken the system is. A guy sitting on an arbitration panel has already made up his mind without hearing all the evidence. If Rob Manfred doesn’t epitomize the “Get the Guilty SOB in here so we can convict him” mentality I don’t know who does.

    If even one of AROD’s accusations against MLB is proved true then Selig and Manfred should both be terminated for cause.

  15. righthandofjustice - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    It really amazed me how stupid these MLB clowns are.

    “Major League Baseball, of course, responded with a statement that began: ”Mr. Tacopina’s latest rant is so delusional it doesn’t warrant a response.”

    ”The fact that Mr. Tacopina has now asked for two of the three panel members to be recused tells you everything you need to know.”

    You don’t respond after telling the world “it doesn’t warrant a response”. If you are fit to be a member of whatever group you don’t worry about getting removed.

    Are they kindergarten kids? “Oh no, headmaster, you can’t kick me out of school. Your action doesn’t warrant a response. You are just a bad guy, bad bad guy. You are just so bad. Kicking us out of school tells you everything you need to know”.

    The funnier response from these kindergarten kids was “Please go ask our lawyers regarding all inquires to our conducts in connection to the Biogenesis investigation. Our lawyers are not answering questions now”.

  16. righthandofjustice - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    “It is sad that Commissioner Selig once again is turning a blind eye, knowing that CRIMES are being committed under his regime.”

    Ladies and gentlemen… for the very first time in this scandal we see the word CRIMES. Oh wait… Is this really the first time? Or somebody has told you all along since date one of this investigation, otherwise A-Rod would not have hired 2 top criminal lawyers?

    Get your popcorn and enjoy the show!

  17. mogogo1 - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    It’s like watching a chick fight between two girls you totally hate. Every slap and hair pull is fulfilling.

    MLB loved the ‘roids for the records and ratings until they had to finally crack down. Now, they want to demonize everybody who did them. A-Rod started out as a great kid when he broke into MLB but quickly turned into a total engomaniac who most everyone is very happy to see fall. With any luck, A-Rod and Selig will muddy each other enough that neither will make the Hall of Fame.

    • anxovies - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Well said! Well said!

  18. padraighansen - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Forget A-Rod for a moment, and leave him out of this. Rob Manfred’s temper and stunning lack of self control is a great example of why he should never become MLB Commissioner. I could care less about ARod….but Manfred’s public existence is only that of constantly flying off the hook about something.

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