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A-Rod will not attend spring training

Feb 7, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

This looks like the day that A-Rod has officially given up being a point of contention and aggravation for people. In addition to giving up on his lawsuit against MLB and MLBPA, he is not going to spring training, as would be his right under the terms of his suspension:

One gets the distinct impression that Rodriguez has decided that being a pariah is not the best way to end his career. Whether it’s too late to mend fences and maybe — maybe — come back and play baseball again is an open question. But by ceasing to be a headache to MLB and the Yankees today, he’s taking at least a step in that direction.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Arod has been so desperate for love, to be Jeter, really. He needs to accept his villainy and play the heel. Don’t just be called a villain be a villain. Just be seen everywhere enjoying all that money and thank them for the “undeserved” vacation. Do your best Kenny Power impression.

    • gloccamorra - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      He doesn’t have to BE anything except his normal self. The media will do the rest.

  2. ilovegspot - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Joe Tacopina is morning the loss of a major cash cow.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Sugarland or some other independent league team would probably welcome him.

  4. cackalackyank - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    This goes right along with my feeling that someone “suggested” he should drop his suits and stay home if he wants a chance at playing again.

  5. gibbskins9 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Hmm Didn’t see the TV interview with Francesa today making the announcment, 2 morons perfect together, 1 has no team the other no TV station.

  6. uyf1950 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    It’s only taken A-Rod 38 plus years to get his head screwed on right to make the correct decisions. As they say: Better Late Than Never.

    • cur'68 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Yep. Its the move he should have made back when the plea deal for 50 games was on the table: take that suspension and get ready for the 2014 season. Frankly, of all the things ARod has done to hurt The Yankees, NOT taking the reduced suspension when it was being offered was the most impactful. Now they have to replace him and that is not going to be easy.

      • beachnbaseball - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Major League Baseball disputes that it ever offered Rodriguez a 50-game suspension, with one source saying that it was Rodriguez who actively pursued such a deal, only to be rebuffed.

      • cur'68 - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        If you’re buying what MLB is selling, sure. Frankly, as soon as either side in this dispute starts talking I immediately start tempering what they say. Either way, neither side looks good in this affair: that 50 game suspension was a way out for both parties with the least damage all the way around.

  7. clownsfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Smart move. Take your lumps. Move on. Get to work on that contract settlement w/the Yanx and be done.

    • gloccamorra - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      No, no. His ego won’t allow him to end his career just yet, especially if Jeter goes out on a high note. He’ll come back in 2015 with something to prove. Whether there’s enough talent left to prove anything will be next year’s story line.

  8. ezthinking - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    It’s possible MLB, MLBPA, the Yankees and ARod cut a deal to end all of this.

    MLB probably went to ARod with this scenario:

    Once the suspension is up, the Yankees release him. That triggers eating the salary. MLB already kicks in $ to Washington to avoid the lawsuit over MASN, so why not kick confidential money to the Yankees and/or ARod to make this lawsuit go away? MLBPA probably would do the same. You (ARod) will likely get the Bonds treatment, i.e. no one will even offer him a league minimum deal for 2015. The teams do not even have to collude for it to happen. So take the money, and here’s a few million more for your ‘lost 2014’ season and to not write a book and just go away.

    ARod is pizzed, but, as always, money talks. So he disappears even richer.

    • anxovies - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      If you cut a deal you don’t dismiss without prejudice. You dismiss with prejudice, meaning you can’t file a lawsuit based upon the same circumstances again.

      • righthandofjustice - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        He can certainly refile the case he voluntarily dismissed later. Some people speculated he could dismiss the case and add in an injunction request which he didn’t file to allow him to go back to play. I don’t think this is the case though. Most likely, he settled with MLB and MLBPA and will not refile, but the fact is he can refile if he wants to.

        Check out the San Jose lawsuits against Selig and MLB. They dismissed the case and then refiled it right away to accuse Selig deceived the City from investing a lot of time and millions of dollars in the preparation of the Oakland move.

    • dcarroll73 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Your handle, “ezthinking”, sort of says it all. I especially liked your lines, “You (ARod) will likely get the Bonds treatment, i.e. no one will even offer him a league minimum deal for 2015. The teams do not even have to collude for it to happen.” Do you really believe that there was no collusion when nobody offered a hitter like Bonds even the MLB minimum? The same would hold to some extent with Arod. He is no Bonds, but if healthy he would still be one of the better available third basemen. If MLB can use cell-phone records to support their claims of Arod’s conduct with Bosch, then “sauce for the goose,,,” If they try to pull any of this on him, he should get subpoenas for every cell phone that can be connected to every club and all the owners/execs thereof (if Murdock just happened to get some juicy stories out of all that, it would be cosmic/karmic payback.)

      • philmiller5 - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        It’s my opinion that A-Rod is every bit the equal of Barry Bonds, and if healthy would be the premier third baseman in the history of MLB. Stop and look at this man’s lifetime stats, and to think he hasn’t been healthy for much of his career. “If Healthy” he would surpass Barry Bonds.

  9. jt2663 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    This sucks. It is like saying the housewives

  10. jt2663 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    This sucks. It is like saying the housewives of Beverly Hills is going off the air.

  11. hardkor07mn - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Thank god! Go away already

  12. elvin2014 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Semifinal Game 2 Tonight!

    2014 Baseball Caribbean Series on ESPN Deportes from Isla Margarita, Venezuela.

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  13. elvin2014 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Semifinal Game 2 Tonight!

    2014 Baseball Caribbean Series on ESPN Deportes from Isla Margarita, Venezuela.

    Coming up next at 7:30 P.M. Venezuela vs Puert Rico live online….Here:

  14. elvin2014 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    brotherfox said:

    Rodriguez will forfeit $22,131,147 of his 2014 base salary of $25 million. The ’14 Major League season is defined as lasting 183 days, and with Rodriguez suspended for 162 games, he will be paid nearly $3 million for the remaining 21 days.

  15. dinofrank60 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Sooner or later, they get you, you’ll get worn down. And they will tell you it is for your own good.

  16. 13yrsmlbvet - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I am not going to spring training either.

  17. righthandofjustice - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    LOL. Pretty clear there was some sort of settlement there. Nobody would have to go through his lawyer to announce he would not go to spring training. It sounds like a legal binding. I wonder if A-Rod also agreed not to sue the Yankees.

  18. elvin2014 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Many people has taken PEDs….

    If you have taken aspirins then you are a PEDs user….

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:33 AM

      Yes, but if you have taken aspirin you’re not out 23 million and change, are you?

  19. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    “This looks like the day that A-Rod has officially given up being a point of contention and aggravation for people.”

    No – this is the day it takes a sabbatical. $61 million owed starting next year – and there will be howls that he should have to forfeit that. That is 100% wrong, mind you, but people will call for him to voluntarily retire. Just watch

    • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM


  20. ez4u2sa - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    This slug should stay away, FAR away. Odds are he has played his last major league game. Let’s hope so. Maybe he will go to Japan and we never hear about him again.

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      You’re kidding, right? If he goes to Japan and does even marginally well, we’ll hear about him regularly. If he does poorly, we’ll hear about him every day.

  21. garybrian - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Nobody’s going to miss him anyway!!

  22. j0esixpack - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Which will Arod hit first. 3,000 hits or 3,000 punchlines?

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