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Today’s decision punishes A-Rod, but it also gives Bud Selig new power

Jan 11, 2014, 6:40 PM EST

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I think the most interesting thing about Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension is that curious number of games: 162. It’s such a great number. It matches up so perfectly with a major league baseball season! I thought Ryan Braun‘s suspension was interesting too: 65 games. When, as a matter of pure coincidence, I’m sure, the Milwaukee Brewers had 65 games left on their schedule. How neat that is!

It’s almost as if we now have a new matrix for drug suspensions:

  • First offense: 50 games
  • Second offense: 100 games
  • Third offense: lifetime ban
  • Offense by a guy who REALLY makes us look bad and we want to hammer: Until the end of the year, how ever many games that may be.

Which, however satisfying that may be — who doesn’t want A-Rod to just be gone for a season at this point? — is a departure from what Major League Baseball has done with suspensions in the past. Until Braun and now A-Rod, suspensions were for a set number of games, agreed-to beforehand in the Joint Drug Agreement. It was automatic, not a matter of personal judgment by Bud Selig or an arbitrator. We’re in new territory here.

The explanation I’ve seen from some on this — particularly Tom Verducci, but others have said it as well — is that the odd, convenient number of games is because the enforcement action was not based on testing, it was based on non-analytic information (Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis documents) and that when we’re in non-analytic land, the Commissioner has discretion.

Except that is not at all clear from either the terms of the CBA or the JDA. It’s apparently what Bud Selig asserted and, presumably, it’s a position the arbitrator validated in the A-Rod arbitration. But we don’t know, because his decision is sealed. I wonder if, given how much time A-Rod’s lawyers seemed to spend on claiming the existence of a vast conspiracy against their client, they bothered to spend much time arguing that point of the Commissioner’s authority. If they didn’t, that’s pretty awful lawyering.

In any event, that’s basically the effect of this ruling: a big grant of power to Bud Selig to exceed the penalties set forth in the JDA in cases that don’t involve a positive test. A power that, for whatever reason, he decided not to use for Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and all of the other Biogenesis players, but I suppose that’s convenient too. And, perversely, a power he would not have if the drug testing system he has put in place would have caught these players before we heard about it in the Miami New-Times. Indeed, the failure of the drug testing system worked to Selig’s benefit, which is kind of crazy itself if you think about.

But that’s neither here nor there. The real takeaway here is that Selig now has power in the drug enforcement world he didn’t have before and which he did not obtain via negotiation with the union. He obtained it by simply asserting it and seeing if he could make it stick.  He made it stick.

It’l be interesting to see if the union, under new leader Tony Clark, is going to make this an issue when the new CBA is negotiated or if they’re going to let Selig’s grab for power– his quite successful grab — stand.

  1. chill1184 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    MLB’s authoritarian becomes more authoritarian who didn’t see that coming? The part that hurts is that the corruption is so damm obvious it’s mind numbing.

    • stercuilus65 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Boo hoo.

    • f.verd - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Perhaps Selig’s newly (self-) acquired powers could be self-transitioned to the NFL as well…

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  2. chacochicken - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Is he going to be able to use force lightning now?

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    I wonder what will happen the next time a player is caught acquiring PEDs, yet never fails a test.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      “I wonder what will happen the next time a player is caught acquiring PEDs, yet never fails a test.”

      Seeing as the JDA – as agreed to by the MLBPA – specifically says you can not posses banned drugs, or even obtain a prescription for them without approval, I can not see why that player would not be suspended.

      http://www.rivalus.net/bannedsubstancelists/MLB-JointDrugAgreement.pdf

      D. Conviction for the Possession or Use of Prohibited Substance
      A Player who is convicted or pleads guilty (including a plea of nolo contendere or similar plea but not including an adjournment contemplating dismissal or a similar disposition) to the possession or use of any Prohibited Substance (including a criminal charge of conspiracy or attempt to possess or use) shall be subject to the following discipline….

      • lawtech69 - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        I don’t recall A-Rod having been convicted of possession or use of Prohibited Substances. My cursory read of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program seemed to indicate that possession would result in testing and not in and of itself a suspension.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        I was responding to a question of what would happen if a player was caught with banned drugs. I noted that possessing them is clearly a JDA violation, so that player would be suspended. Don’t forget – Manny was suspended the second time for a prescription note. Yes he failed a test, but he appealed that test, then dropped the appeal once a prescription note was produced. Others have been suspended as well for prescription notes

        As for what ARod was suspended for, the specifics are not known. However MLB statement read:

        “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.”

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/05/the-hammer-comes-down-a-rod-suspended-for-211-games/

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:58 AM

        Steroids are never “prohibited substance” by law. A-Rod was never charged with any criminal gross misconduct (e.g obstructing the investigation of the Florida Department of Health, orchestrating the theft of government sought documents from a car, etc), let alone convicted.

        The federal and state laws of this country are not constituted with thumbs-up and thumbs-down.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        The JDA states a first offense is a 50 game ban, and we now know that to no longer be true. Seems to me the JDA is no longer a binding contract, seeing as how MLB completely ignored it’s regulations and guidelines in the suspension of Alex Rodriguez. Hence, I wonder what will happen the next time a similar incident occurs. Is the standard now 162 games? Is the standard now for the remainder of the season? Is the standard a sliding scale dependent on how much the league likes a particular player?

  4. chip56 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Without knowing the extent of the evidence that MLB had on the likes of Cruz & Peralta I would have to assume that Alex’s involvement went far beyond one-time client for MLB to have taken this stance. As for whether the union tries to close this loophole? I don’t know. Many of their rank and file have been clamoring for stricter penalties and we haven’t heard any players complain about the ruling.

  5. disgracedfury - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Yes Bud Selig is the savoir. Of course the guy who created the fire knows how to put it out.This site is no different than the MLB network.I’m a Yankees fan and of course thrilled A-Rod is suspended as like Jeter he won’t stay healthy but Selig was the one who created the problem and shouldn’t throw every player under the bus.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      If anything, this site’s columnists have been on the side that the suspension was never fair and was a gross overreach by the commissioners office, so I’m not really where where you are going with the MLB network comment.

    • alexo0 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      I know what you mean. I would be thrilled with the opportunity to play Mark Reynolds and Michael Young at third as well.

    • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      The problem is that even if the player’s association (to call it a “union” is a prefabricated sick joke), by opting for throwing Bud a scapegoat, has also permitted its own leverage in future episodes to be undermined. Bud Light, who is as equally detestable a hypocrite and A-Roid is a liar and cheater, was also fortunate to have struck when Michael Wiener was terminally ill and the player’s association was transitioning through a leadership vacuum. I have no sympathy for A-Roid but the Association has, by trying to play this carefully, actually played it very badly in terms of their long-range interests.

      • oldschoolnflman - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:53 AM

        Well said Gator.

        Cue five morons with the way to contribute something to the conversation post.

      • alexo0 - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:11 AM

        Congrats to Bud for taking advantage of a dying man.

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        I think Wiener handled the whole issue poorly but he might not know MLB got their so-called “evidence” by threatening and bribing people, as well as altering blackberry messages.

  6. billyjoel9807 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Must be a slow news day. Nothing but A-Rod stories the entire first page.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Adam Morgan and Shane Watson, Jason Bay, Elvis Andrus, Jerome Williams, Carlos Gonzalez, Homer Bailey, Seattle Mariners, Suk-Min Yoon, David Ortiz.

      • billyjoel9807 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        half of those stories were posted after my comment damnit

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        No, actually, only one of nine listed stories was posted after your comment. It was posted 12 minutes after your comment. Read the time stamps. I’m no math major, but I’m pretty sure half of nine is not one.

      • billyjoel9807 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        you may not be a math major but you are a douche canoe

      • billyjoel9807 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        do you want to correct my grammar while you’re at it?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Would you like to correct my grammar while you are at it?
        While both are grammatically correct, one makes you sound like an educated person, while the other sounds like something that would come out of the mouth of a small child who recently suffered a traumatic brain injury. Also, capitalization is important.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        I’m not the one making false statements. Douche canoe? I have never heard of such a thing. Is that a Douche for blocked up rivers in the form of a canoe?

    • rbj1 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Why shouldn’t it be that way here at A-Rod&OutrageOverHallofFameVotingtalk.com?

  7. Andrew - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Craig — I wrote about this for my legal blog; you might want to give it a look re 162:

    http://bit.ly/19ZtuGJ

  8. chip56 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Did the league make examples of Alex and Braun in part because they were embarrassed by Clemens and Bonds? Most likely. Did MLB engage in shady practices in this case? Yup. Was MLB willfully blind over PED use and no trying to appear like the good guy? Yes. Will I shed a single year over this ruling? No.

    Alex has blamed everyone for his predicament other than his own bad judgement

  9. sleepyirv - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I’m impressed by Craig calling out A-Rod’s lawyers based on his own hypothetical. Maybe A-Rod’s lawyers showed up drunk to every hearing. Why, that would be even worse!

    • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      They didn’t have to show up drunk. The mistakes they made in handling A-Roid’s defense while sober were more than enough to undermine his chances of winning. And of course, you could fill ten pages of this blog just by listing all the stupid things A-Roid himself said and did to help destroy himself.

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    “•First offense: 50 games
    •Second offense: 100 games
    •Third offense: lifetime ban
    •Offense by a guy who REALLY makes us look bad and we want to hammer: Until the end of the year, how ever many games that may be.”

    One problem Craig – you don’t know what the suspension was for. And if you do, please enlighten us

    Hammering a guy has always been an option for non JDA offenses. See Rose, Pete; White Sox, 1919; et al

  11. js20011041 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Just go ahead and start planning for a strike/lockout when the CBA expires. The owners are going to go after guaranteed contracts. This is an issue, apparently the only issue, that the players care about and will strike over. Of course, they’ll conveniently ignore the fact that their own idiocy and shortsightedness will have led to it. The players have been willingly giving away anything and everything regarding PED testing and punishment. The union is as week now as it has been in decades and the owners would be stupid not to lay the hammer down.

  12. righthandofjustice - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    It is unorthox for MLB not to release the arbitrator’s ruling comment to the public. It is also strange the suspension is 162 game. I doubt even if Selig pulled the 211 game suspension purely out of his rear end the arbitrator would not just randomly made up a number.

    I don’t think Bud Selig, or whoever the baseball commissioner in the future, is given “new power” to dictate. It is either something fishy that can’t be revealed to the public or it will be challenged by the players and the Union and reviewed by the government.

    • gloccamorra - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      It’s a one year suspension, within the rules for non-testing (possession) violations. That’s why the post season is included, not just 162 games.

  13. NatsLady - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    How did they arrive at 105 game suspension for amphetamines (Miguel Tejada)?

    • righthandofjustice - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      First time stimulant violation carries no suspension. A second and third time violator will be given 25 and 80 game suspensions.

      Tejada was suspended for abusing amphetamine for three time. That could only mean he was tested positive for the second time but the result was not made public and no punishment was applied to him. Only that he was busted for the 3rd time and then he was punished for his 2nd and 3rd violations both at the very same time.

      This is another very fishy MLB conspiracy.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Conspiracy? Miguel Tejada does not, for one second, dispute that he was guilty as charged, right? Granted, he pleas for compassion (ADD…the horrors, people!!!), but he does not at all dispute he took it without a prescription, and he failed as charged.

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9576752/miguel-tejada-kansas-city-royals-suspended-105-games

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Tejada might be guilty of charge but why didn’t MLB announce his second violation and suspend him for 25 games when he was tested positive for the 2nd time?

        MLB has Tejada’s 2nd positive test result hidden. That’s not a conspiracy?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        “why didn’t MLB announce his second violation and suspend him for 25 games when he was tested positive for the 2nd time”

        They did suspend him for the second test – 25 games. Then he failed again before that second test was even announced (the JDA sets limits on when the announcement can be made – none of these get suspensions announced right after the test). Tejada admits to all of this.

        What exactly is your point? That he did not fail a 3rd time? That the 3rd failing was from the same test sample as the 2nd test? If so, I say again, Tejada admits that everything MLB says is correct – including failing a first time with zero penalty and knowing darn well what would happen in the future

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:27 AM

        My point is extremely clear. Tejada was given a 105 game suspension for his 2nd and 3rd stimulant violations at the SAME SECOND. Why was there no announcement and suspension for his 2nd violation?

        Tejada was also suspended for issues not related to Biogenesis. Why did an MLB source told ESPN his suspension was linked to Biogenesis? Why did MLB have to make an unsolicited press release statement to clear Tejada from any connection to Biogenesis?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        Your point is anything but clear – so I ask again: What is the conspiracy? Are you saying there were not 3 separate test that he failed? Tejada says there was. Why exactly would he say that if it were not so?

        As for timing of the announcements, these suspension do not get announced right away. Since you had a hard time reading that last time, I’ll say it again. Suspensions. Do. Not. Get. Announced. Right. Away. So if he fails a 2nd test and appeals it, then while under appeal fails a 3rd test, a situation wold exist that they both get announced at the same time.

        Oh….and again, Tejada admits to all of this. Is he part of the conspiracy?

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        When did Tejada appeal? Give the date and the MLB announcement. Don’t just make things up.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Well, he has 3 days to file an appeal, so I would go with inside of 3 days after he failed the test. But then again, according to you he never failed the test….so maybe he never did appeal…..hmmmmm.

        So as long as we are answering question, straight up: do you believe he failed a 2nd and 3rd test? Tejada says he did, is he lying?

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        I never said Tejada was never tested positive. In fact, I don’t doubt he failed 3 stimulant tests but the only logical reason nobody knew about his second failed test until his third one was because MLB pretended nothing happened.

        If (which I believe) Tejada failed three test he should be suspended for 105 days according to the JDA but Selig and other people who turned a blind eye should also be punished for tempering the PED investigation.

  14. Chipmaker - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    So… if the 2014 Yankees have a rainout, play 161 games, Rodriguez is out through Opening Day 2015?

    Conversely, the Yankees have a rainout tie and need to make up a game (ok, that’s not really operative any more, but a postseason playoff game serves the same purpose), playing a 163rd game, Rodriguez would be eligible? …Not that the Yanks would have him suit up, but it is an interesting point to consider.

    • gloccamorra - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      It’s not a 162 game suspension, it’s an all-season suspension, which would include extra games to determine wildcard, AND the entire post-season. A ONE YEAR suspension is part of the bargaining agreement. The sports writers are calling it 162 games, the normal length of a season.

  15. footballer4ever - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Baseball was the sport which caught my attention when I arrived into this country. Now that i am all grown up football, round football that is, is my passion. Having clarified that, would a well educated on the matter tell me why baseball is either crucified or they are self crucifying themselves about the steroid era while the nfl acts as a bride junkie dressed in white dress while under their dress is a hemorrage of steroidds usage too? I hope to get a great answer that makes sense why that is the case. Thanks!

    • raysfan1 - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      Not sure “a great answer that makes sense” is doable without writing a book on the topic, but here’s a partial answer:
      1). Other sports, like football and soccer, have delineated punishments for steroid offenses, and enforce them. Once said punishment is done, it’s over unless there is a repeat offense. Every sport has to deal with performance enhancing drug users, but only the Olympics and baseball has an angst-ridden complex about them.
      2) The Olympics and baseball have one thing in common–fans’ love of records. The IOC wipes out the records of anyone found to have used, and awards any medal earned to the next best competitor. Baseball can’t do that, and certain records–home run records in particular–are discussed as if they are sacred, holy relics.
      3) Portions of the baseball news media has unilaterally declared themselves the moral arbiters of baseball, in large part due to the embarrassment about how those sacred home run records fell.
      4) It’s easier to blame the offensive explosion in baseball of 1993-2006 or so exclusively on steroids than on multiple factors that worked together to differing degrees. This despite the fact that steroids have been in use in professional sports of all sorts for over 50 years, along with other PEDs as well.

      • footballer4ever - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Thanks for your answer which it’s your point of view as a baseball fan. From an outsider’s opinion, I see as MLB self crucifying themselves or finding scape goats in order to avoid making a light that they knew it all along and did nothing about it. nfl is “smarter” or sneakier that they make it to be they are doing something, but in the background they just put things under the rug.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Actually, the NFL does test and does suspend players. A public announcement is made when it happens, and the football news media does report it. The player is not, however, treated like a pariah upon his return. It isn’t being swept under the rug; they just aren’t figuratively brandishing torches and pitchforks over it the way the baseball media does.

    • louhudson23 - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:13 AM

      Because in football,there is no indication that game play has been significantly altered. Players still perform generally within historical expectations,and the game is still played basically the same way it always has been(excepting rules manipulations such as allowing blockers to use their hands or defenders to make contact with receivers etc…and resulting offensive increases…)No 300ypg by a host of RB each weekend,no 8 sacks per game by twin DE….
      Baseball game play was significantly effected by hitters on steroids..Offenses exploded(there are certainly other factors,but those remain generally in place,while HR’s have significantly declined in the testing era)…Defense and base running became tiresome symbols of an age gone by. The ball flew out of the park,with everyone from suddenly cockstrong 2b to to formerly future HoF players and lots of mediocre talent in between getting in on the act….it was HR Derby every night..pitching suffered,the game suffered. It was not baseball as we had historically seen,and are seeing played in today’s testing environment…(nor are we seeing the blown up freaks)…Who knew what and when,who did stimulants in the offensive explosion of the sixties and seventies(this is sarcasm,BTW) and all the other dissembling,false equivalencies and phony straw man moralizing cannot cover up the fact that 40HR seasons became common place,50HR seasons no longer a remarkable achievement ,with a made for TV hr chase as phony as any Hulk Hogan routine, indeed a 100HR season became a somewhat reasonable expectation….and now,.a little bit of testing and poof…..suddenly the parks are all huge again,the ball soft as a marshmallow and the strike zone the size of a postage stamp….all that ,and no more WWE freaks….see what a little testing can do…slick fielding SS are in vogue again…speed on the base paths and hitting cut off men matters once more(you can’t imagine how silly it became to be concerned over a single run scoring in those puffed up days)….Lance Armstrong was simply the best cyclist among a field of dopers..juicing Linebackers are just that…but a baseball player with Warning Track Power becomes a slugger overnight….20 feet on a fly ball will do that…..

    • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      Have any NFL commissioner caught turning a blind eye on over a hundred players by the Congress?

      Have any NFL player caught tempering with PED suspension (e.g. making a fake website) and received no punishment for it?

      Have NFL caught red-handed impeding the PED investigation of the government?

      Have any NFL player ever get suspended for PED consumption for not failing a single PED test? Why did the MLB PED tests failed over at least one hundred times?

      Have any NFL player ever get implicated for perjury related to PED issues?

      NFL, as well with other major sports, have the same PED problems but they address the issues and punish their players accordingly when they are caught. Why don’t MLB do the same?

      • footballer4ever - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        Great questions, but those questions were made with a twist to favor nfl.

        If nfl commissioners turned a blind eye/put it under the rug about the CTE, what else are they capable of doing for the mighty dollar? not much different than what maybe MLB did.

        Nfl players have tempered with PED suspension……that you don’t hear about it or not is another issue…that’s where the nfl and the union sleep on the same bed.

        Why has not the government gone after the nfl with the same “moralizing” attitude towards a league whose steroids, drugs (legal & illegal) is prevalent? Could it be maybe nfl likes to pay up those politicians in one way or another? nfl is not free of sin for sure.

        No nfl player has been implicated for ped issues – nfl and nflpa run a tight ship and many issues don’t come out to light which could affect them both, but ISSUES do still go on.

        nfl addresses issues “accordingly” when they are caught is quite naive to say…..but accordingly to what ends up being benefitial to them is more appropiate.

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Read my last paragraph please. I didn’t intend to patronize NFL. Whatever I wrote pertained to not only NFL but also other sports not named baseball. I used the NFL examples in my questions just because you tried to compare NFL to MLB.

        Who said the government is not looking into PED issues in NFL? There used to be a roadblock in the PED testing part of the CBA between NFL and NFLPA last year? Didn’t our government try to intervene? They need to have evidence for every investigation. If there was a BALCO, Biogenesis or faked website case in NFL and other sports the government will have no choice not to investigate or else they will be bombarded with public criticisms.

    • happytwinsfan - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      don’t try and make sense of it. this is america and we enjoy crazy. be patient, you’ll learn to like it.

      • footballer4ever - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        lol, well, that sure makes more sense.

  16. mazblast - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    “If they didn’t, that’s pretty awful lawyering.”

    No one said Roidboy has good lawyers, only very expensive ones. As you probably saw during your legal career, Craig, price and competence are not necessarily 100% correlated in the legal field.

    What nominally brought the Wrath of Bud down on Roidboy was his alleged (almost certain) interference in and non-cooperation with the investigation. That opened the floodgates for the Commissioner to invoke his discretionary powers. The other guys cooperated, got their punishments, accepted them, and are or will be reinstated per the CBA. Rodriguez chose the road less traveled, and now knows WHY it’s less traveled.

  17. rhandome - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    It’s me. I don’t want A-Rod to be gone for a season. Because A-Rod rules.

    • oldschoolnflman - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      A rod is juicing to live up to the Yankee contract no human being could live up to at his age. It disgusts me to see how many Yanks fans have turned their backs on him. You guys could switch places with me and watch guys like Andy Laroche play 3b for a couple of years…I’m waiting for your choice…

  18. Bob - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Just what Bud Selig needs: more unchecked power. He’ll be drunk with power, in addition to already being just drunk.

  19. braxtonrob - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:38 AM

    Why do I feel like I’m in the middle of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and Emperor Selig has just taken control of the Senate (when just months ago he was implying that he would retire soon).

    Am I the only one noticing the tremendous similarity?

    A-Rod is clearly Anakin-gone-bad.

  20. officialgame - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    When is life fair? Is our legal system perfect or fair? A major cheater went down. OJ has cancer. I am happy.

  21. yordo - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    He must feel like the most powerful man in the world as he slays the (allegedly) evil A-Rod. His retirement will be postponed yet again.

  22. joerevs300 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Craig will not be happy until A-Rod is in the Hall of Fame and Bud Selig is in his grave.

    Meanwhile MLB continues to be killed by the NFL, as neither the players or owners realize that baseball is blazing on a path to irrelevance because they can’t figure out something as simply as drug testing.

    I don’t see Jamaal Charles or Peyton Manning getting busted (or so much as whispered about) using drugs in the NFL. And those that do (mostly Adderall) are sent packing.

    Craig you love bashing Murray Chass and Jon Heyman, might want to take a long hard look in the mirror.

    I guess Sports Talk thinks the best sportswriters are former lawyers. Over the people that actually go to journalism school, pay their dues through the local and national newspapers, and earn a spot, like the Bob Ryan’s and Woody Paige’s of the world.

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