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So when is the A-Rod decision coming out anyway?

Dec 20, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the Post thinks he has an idea: either January 3 or January 13. Why?

Here is why: The Hall of Fame announcement is Wednesday, Jan. 8 and both the Commissioners Office and the Players Association would probably ask Horowitz to be respectful not to overwhelm such a special moment with a Rodriguez announcement.

So he figures that either going before that — on the third — or safely after — on the 13th — would give the Hall of Fame announcement the wide berth it deserves.

Which, eh, not buying that that is a concern for anyone.  For one thing, MLB is not in control of the arbitrator’s calendar. They’re just as much at the mercy of his schedule as A-Rod’s team is. And I’m having a hard time featuring Horowitz caring too particularly much about MLB’s P.R. needs. Given that he can be fired by either side for any reason, he has no real option but to be his own man. If is seen to be leaning to help one side, the other is going to fire him.

But let’s say that MLB and the arbitrator are on the same page, P.R.-wise. Remember last summer how the first wave of announced suspensions came right before Hall of Fame induction weekend? Selig LOVED that because it gave him a victory lap moment up in Cooperstown with copious quotes from ex-major leaguers about how the game was being cleaned up and all of that stuff. You don’t think Bud Selig would love to have Frank Thomas or someone available to compare and contrast himself to A-Rod in early January? You bet your bippy he would. I think MLB would be just fine being able to pair up the announcement of A-Rod’s suspension and the election of some widely-perceived-to-be-clean Hall of Famers.

Of course, if the decision is to overturn A-Rod’s suspension, well, that would be hilarious.

Maybe that’s when the decision comes out. Maybe it isn’t. But I don’t think that reading the tea leaves like Sherman is here is all that useful of an exercise.

  1. golfrangeman - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Hall of fame !! I thought they closed the doors to that place a few years back.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Looks under the Christmas tree. “Do not make Arbitration decision before X-Mas.”

    Awww….

    Seriously guys, let’s go already. It shouldn’t take this long to make a decision.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      But if they delay it to Groundhog Day, we could relive it over and over and over…

  3. largebill - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Eh, just make the announcement this afternoon.

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Don’t do that. I’m meeting a friend for pizza and calzones this afternoon. Tomorrow, I’m perforating, flash-boiling and salting the holiday goose. Can’t do it then. Sunday, I have to take Fido, our odd Hemingway hound, to the vet (he fought in WW Z). I’m cooking mince and egg nog custard pies on Monday and Tuesday.

      Make the announcement on Christmas. Let it be a Christmas present for everybody, even those of us who prefer “Happy Holidays”!

      • stex52 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Don’t forget, you have to fly all around the world delivering coal and switches to the horrible little children on Tuesday night. They’ll miss you if you don’t.

        And Merry Christmas, OG.

      • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        It’s just a function of my irascible nature that my Christmas sleigh is towed by pelicans. Happy…I mean, Merry Christmas (let’s always remember our former governor this time of year), all you Jaguar, Mercedes and BMW owners who parked on your driveways! I would use gulls but that late at night there’s no one out on the streets they could brain with their clams.

        Anyhow, since you have been kind enough to wish this obdurate atheist a Merry Thinly Veiled Ancient Descent-and-Resurrection Myth, here’s my recipe for the eggnogg pie mentioned above (above the pelicans, that is, to keep it fresh for you):

        1 – xlarge (10″) graham cracker pie crust, transfats be damned (it’s a thinly veiled descent-and-resurrection myth, after all);

        2 -1/4 cups Borden’s pumpkin spiced egg nogg (or a quotidian nog plus 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice)

        2 whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks, beaten

        1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted;

        1/4 cup all purpose flour

        1-1/2 cup brown sugar

        1/4 white cup sugar

        1 teaspoon vanilla extract

        2 tbsp rum or rum extract

        2 tpsp heavy cream

        Directions, y’all: mix the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl, then whisk in (with extreme prejudice) the eggnog, vanilla, rum, eggs, cream and butter. When smooth, pour into the crust and bake in a preheated overn at 350 degrees C for about 45 minutes. When the custard has risen and very slightly browned over, remove from oven at let cool at room temperature for an hour. Refrigerate overnight.

        Top with whipped cream and a shpreenkle of nutmeg and pig out.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Don’t give those cretins a bread pudding recipe, OG. They are not worthy.

      • stex52 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Sounds great, OG. I think I like it better without the whipped cream, but I love a good custard pie. I’m on THAT SIDE of the discussion.

        Besides, no enforced beliefs or requirements on you for 12/25. You seem to be celebrating, so have a happy (or merry) one.

  4. Charles Gates - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    This seems to imply that there are people out there that don’t realize that both the HoF and the ARod are about public relations and not about baseball and truth. Really? Those people exist?

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      They do, but you can only see them with special glasses.

  5. cackalackyank - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Just get it over with already! Geeeesh.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    What is a bippy, anyway? Can I afford to gamble it away?

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      I always thought it was the navel, where our better halves begin. I recall that the great Gerard Hoffnung told the Oxford Student Union commencement in 1953 that if he could keep only one of his organs it would be his navel because he liked to eat celery in bed and it made a very convenient place to keep the salt.

    • stex52 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Navel.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        And, apparently, Craig never likes them sweet.

      • stex52 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        I think it arrives from a time period when saying “a**” in public was still regarded as a big deal. So a minor anatomical transfer and a suitable bowdlerism, and all was well again.

      • stex52 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        “derives” Thanks for nothing, spell check.

  7. plmathfoto - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I think they should do it new years eve, so most won’t remember it was announced the next day.

  8. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I have to go with January 3rd. The 13th is a Monday, the 3rd is a Friday, and as we all know

  9. km9000 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    And remember folks, red-ink lead pencils make great stocking suffers.

  10. deedee2die4 - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Even if A-Rod gets the full 211 game suspension, he won’t pass Boss Steinkbreeder’s term. It’s called classy, Yankee classy.

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