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Monday Night Open Thread

The appeal hearing of Alex Rodriguez‘s record 211-game suspension does not resume until November 18th, but don’t worry, there is still plenty of nonsense being leaked to the media. A trio of New York Times reporters published this ultra-juicy look into the league’s investigation yesterday, which included six-figure payouts for evidence, an intimate relationship between an investigator and a witness, and an off-the-books investigative team approved by Bud Selig. Like I said, it’s ultra-juicy. Check it out.

Within that article we learn A-Rod reportedly tested positive for a stimulant during the 2006 season. The test result wasn’t made public and he wasn’t suspended because that’s what the Joint Drug Agreement says is supposed to happen. Only repeat offenders are punished for stimulants. A-Rod’s legal team denied the failed test in a statement, and, according to the New York Daily News, they’ve filed a formal complain with arbitrator Frederic Horowitz over MLB’s non-stop leaks to the media. Considering how much they’ve boasted about all of the evidence at their disposal, the league sure seems to be going out of its way to disparage Rodriguez publicly, no? Just let the evidence speak for itself.

Replicating the Red Sox
Monday Night Open Thread
  • Hughesus Christo

    What does “MLB” gain from leaking to the media? There are dozens (hundreds) of people privy to the details of the case and these hearings. People act like Bud Selig himself is calling up individual reporters.

    • Betty Lizard

      Wouldn’t surprise me at all (Selig calling reporters). As to what MLB gains, thoughts of “scapegoat” and “diverting attention from a failed drug policy” come to mind. And yes, I do think “MLB” thinks they can influence either the lawsuits or the arbitration or both, or at least they figure there’s nothing to lose by trying. Finally, there’s MLB’s long term project of trying to devise rules or enforce rules in ways that disproportionately impact the Yankees in a negative way.

      Of course, I’m proudly sporting my A-Rod sweater and pom pons.

  • http://Www.y8 Robertdavido

    Arods 100% right

  • Mike HC

    I honestly have no more interest in these types of stories. I think I’m at my saturation point. I haven’t even been clicking on any of these ARod stories recently. Just tell me how long he is suspended for and how the Yanks are going to handle it. That is all I care about at this point. (Not to say the stories shouldn’t be published or anything like that, just that I personally lost interest, even in the circus aspect of it all.)

    • jjyank

      I’m with you. I’m just tired of it now. Really just want to know what the offseason and the 2014 season will look like. Do we have A-Rod? And for how long? Oh, okay. That’s for telling me. kthxbai.

      I know, I know, it’s going to be a long process. But I so do not care about it anymore.

  • Ian

    Mike has a hard time writing about A Rod without saying something nice about him or nasty about the league. A minor irritant in an otherwise superb website.

    • jjyank

      Well this is a blog, not a news service. Mike is allowed to have his biases. That’s one of the reasons there is a comments section, so that we may agree or disagree with his opinion and discuss what he posted.

  • Truther

    MLB is a joke in this process and the people who want to crucify A-Rod probably got bigger problems in their lives that they need to address.

    Go address them and leave A-Rod alone.

  • gyaris

    These Arod stories are as interesting as all of this “which starlet is Jeter dating this week”. Who cares.

  • Bo Knows

    Is it just me or does this sound like a really f@%kin good movie?

  • Yankee Fan 1

    Selig is an asshole.
    Arod is an asshole.

    That about covers it.

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  • Kiko Jones

    So, the same George Mitchell who, while affiliated with the Red Sox, released a report on steroids in baseball that found no Boston players to be guilty of PED use (Hello Manny! Hello Big Floppy!) is now on MLB’s payroll in the A-Rod case. Yeah, seems legit.