Musings on an A-Rod suspension

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In the post-game wrap-up today, Peter Abraham has an interesting quote from Joe Girardi. The Yankee skipper, it seems, is worried that A-Rod may still be suspended. “I think you have to be a little bit concerned any time you go in front of Major League Baseball,” Girardi said. “The precedent has been set with how they’ve dealt with players but there’s still always a concern. I’m hoping it’s a fact-finding mission and that he’s set to go on April 6.”

Major League Baseball has never suspended anyone for past PED use, and the Players Association would throw a fit, legitimately, of epic proportions if they did so. The Yanks have every right to be worried about a suspension, but one will not come down for A-Rod on Sunday. I’d bet money on that.

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  • Double-J

    Maybe Bud Selig really wants to get Madonna’s autograph?

  • TC

    How can MLB suspend A-ROD for something that happened years ago before there was testing?

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      . . and before there were any MLB sanctions against it. Tough to break a rule that doesn’t exist at the time.

    • Double-J

      Because Bud Selig is super cereal about steroids, guyz!!!11!!

  • Pete c.

    Didn’t I just see Mike Lupica on the sports reporters say that Fehr is done; if for no other reason than he can’t protect the players from steroid investigations, which will make the next colective bargaining agreement the first that the players assoc. goes along with a salary cap. Sounds like a reach, I was wondering if anyone else heard that?

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Mike who?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

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    “According to Chico Harlan of the Washington Post, Nationals GM Jim Bowden has resigned. has more, including quotes from Bowden. Most notably, Bowden says, “I’ve become a distraction,” and, “my ability to properly represent the Washington Nationals has been compromised.”

    Finally, Bill Ladson of captures a classic quote from the GM: “I have become a distraction. Unless you are Manny Ramirez, there is no place for distraction in baseball.””

    • Expired Milk

      It was only a matter of time. He wasn’t going to last very long after those accusations came out.

  • Jake H

    No way Bud has the balls to do this. He will be crushed by all the clubs plus hopefully the media.

  • RobC

    Selig can’t seroiusly consider suspending A-Rod.
    the more atention PED’s get the worse Selig and Fehr look.
    Phil Mushnick and Edwin Moses but it well.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “It took 2 minutes and $19 for Daily News to get A-Rod’s drugs in Dominican Republic

    I walked into the Farmacia Carmina, which sits on a nondescript corner of Avenida Independencia and Pasteur in downtown Santo Domingo.

    It is one of five pharmacies within a three-block radius where anyone – from regular Joes to millionaire baseball players like Alex Rodriguez – can walk in and buy anabolic steroids. Some are open 24/7.

    No prescription? No sweat. ”

    (From Thursday’s Daily News, link got caught in spam filter)

    Amazing. Author is being interviewed on WFAN right now, I’ll try to post an audio link later.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve
    • Pablo Zevallos

      Lol the Daily News got caught in the spam filter…

    • Joseph P.

      That’s a report from the 19th. Ten days ago. WTF? Why didn’t this make the rounds then?

      • 27 this year

        Because it doesn’t attack Arod. Duh!

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Yes, but that’s the news biz.

          -Baseball’s biggest star (A-Rod) doing something bad is huge news. That will sell newspapers.

          -A supporting piece of evidence which mitigates A-Rod’s guilt is interesting, but doesn’t sell any papers.

          This falls into the old axiom of “A million people going to work and doing nothing wrong may be TRUE, but it isn’t news.”

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        This is why I was furious at Michael Kay and the rest of the MSM in the wake of the ARod presser.

        When the DR Surgeon General (or whatever his title is) said in the days after the presser that bullshit that “ARod couldn’t have possibly bought Primobolan over the counter in the DR, it’s illegal here”, Kay and all the ARod haters latched onto that shit like a Doberman Pincher, screaming that ARod was a dirty liar at the top of their lungs and that this “over the counter” matter PROVED it.

        Like none of them were smart enough to think that government officials in the DR would have a marked self-interest in claiming that controlled substances are efficiently and effectively policed and that the fact that Primobolan isn’t allowed to be sold over the counter DOESN’T MEAN IT’S NOT ACTUALLY SOLD OVER THE COUNTER.

        I’d ask for Kay and others to retract their bloviating “AROD LIED!!!!!” diatribes on the matter, but I know they’d never admit being wrong…

        • Matt

          You’re asking sports reporters to retract statements? Seriously? I think it’d be easier to get politicians to do so than it would sports reporters.

  • Bill N.

    If MLB suspends A-Rod for this then its only fair that the other 103 names are released and suspended as well. It would be complete and utter BS if A-Rod gets the shaft on this.

    • 27 this year

      Don’t worry. Lucky for us, if MLB suspends Arod, the PA will go bonkers. MLB does not want to risk a strike in the middle of all this steroid news.

  • anonymous

    How dare Selig even float a face saving rumor like this.

  • Carlos Echevarria

    This is vile and disgusting.

    Well, how about the other 103???

    Anything to give an edge to the Rays and Red Sucks Nation.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Richard Neer just made an interesting point about this on WFAN. Alex may not be able to get in trouble for prior use of steroids, but he could be suspended if he’s found to be lying to MLB investigators.

    Given his tortured relationship with the truth, that is something that could come back to bite him as further allegations and evidence comes forward.

    • RC

      Is he really required to talk to MLB?
      With or without his lawyer?

    • Rich

      No, it shows Neer’s ignorance of how great lawyers will coach A-Rod to speak in generalities, and/or politely decline to answer any question that would require him to give information that he doesn’t want to reveal.

      MLB has no right to force Alex to incriminate himself and has no power to punish him for saying little. He will just give very vanilla answers, and MLB will have to accept them.

  • http://none Jim

    suspending A-Rod by MLB might be the best thing that ever happened to the Yankees. It may open up a clause in his contract based on disclosure of facts pertinent to future performance. It’s like omitting something on a job application that would materially impact the employer’s decision. The yoke that hangs around the Yankees neck for the next 9 years will prove to be very hard to overcome. A VG third baseman shouldn’t cost more than 12 Million not 30. The only reason he gets the big bucks was the potential to set some very serious records in the N Yankee Stadium. Not a very good business decision.

    • Tom Zig

      I’d still take A-rod over Crede, or whoever else you propose that would make 12mil.

      • MJ


        They are paying for one of the top 5 baseball players of all time.

        No one will remember Crede a week after he retires, nor will anyone care.

        I’d take nearly 57-150-150 over whatever Crede could do in 2 seasons combined.

        • MJ

          Btw, if 30 million is too much to pay Alex. Then 12 million is too much to pay Crede.


    Ok, Fine. Suspend Alex. If you do that, I want the 103 other names then.

  • MJ

    There’s no possible way you can suspend this guy. The league knew he took steroids back in the day, because he obviously failed your test.

    So, how can you feel betrayed, Bud Selig, that he admitted use and betrayed yourself and baseball. He already freaking new that he tested positive and may have had a slight advantage.

    So, you’re going to suspend somebody for leaked information from the MLB itself(which they should have destroyed in time)and then suspend a player who seems to be the only one who handled his guilt the correct way by admitting use? The guys tests were supposd to be confidential anyways. How else should Alex have handled this?

    Can’t believe Selig feels he should not receive any blame. If he realized steroid use in the 90’s…..why not test it before 2004? If he would have set-up the tests when he first had a worry about players boosting their level of play unfairly, then he should have started testing right then and there. Then, none of these players would have ever used in the early 2000s and players like A-Rod would have never tested positive.

  • Zack

    ARod will never see a suspension for this, it would never stand up in an appeal.

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  • Scott

    MLB is a farce and players will continue to fail the drug tests.
    It just makes you wonder how many players still do it but have learned the system and how to not get caught.