Archive for Alex Rodriguez
Via Stephen Marcus: Alex Rodriguez‘s appeal will begin on September 30th, the day after the end of the regular season. Andrew Marchand says the hearing will be delayed if the Yankees manage to qualify for the postseason. MLB officials, A-Rod‘s legal team, and arbitrator Frederic Horowitz had a preliminary meeting last week.
Rodriguez, 38, was suspended a record 211 games for ties to Biogenesis last month. He was the only one of the 13 players to appeal their ban, but he was also the only one to receive more than the typical 50-game suspension for first-time offenders. The hearing is expected to take several days and a ruling is not expected until November or December. A-Rod is allowed to play during the appeal and came into Sunday’s game hitting .275/.368/.441 (124 wRC+) with four homers in 28 games since coming off the DL.
Via Steven Marcus: The preliminary stages of Alex Rodriguez‘s appeal will begin this week. MLB officials, A-Rod‘s legal team, and arbitrator Frederic Horowitz will meet Wednesday to discuss the evidence and possibly even set a date for the hearing. The case isn’t expected to be heard until sometime in November or December.
Rodriguez, 38, was suspended a record 211 games for his ties to Biogenesis earlier this month. He was the only one of the 14 suspended players to appeal the ban. A-Rod is allowed to play during the appeal (obviously) and he came into Sunday’s game hitting .280/.359/.451 (125 wRC+) with four homers and three steals in 92 plate appearances. He is expected to appear in front of the arbitrator at some point during the actual hearing. Horowitz can overturn, uphold, or reduce the suspension.
Ryan Dempster has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Alex Rodriguez on Sunday, the league announced. Joe Girardi was also fined for his tirade. Because the Red Sox have some off-days coming up, Dempster can serve his entire suspension and not miss a start without even filing an appeal.
MLB had to suspend Dempster for a number of reasons, first and foremost the whole “protect the players” thing. They also can’t let it be open season on A-Rod no matter how much opposing players don’t like him, and remember, Alex has accused both the Yankees and MLB of conspiring to get him out of the game. Letting Dempster go unpunished would add some validity to that claim. Anyway, it’s no surprise Dempster won’t miss a start, pitcher suspensions are always a joke.
Via Bob Nightengale: MLB has formally requested permission from Alex Rodriguez‘s camp to publicly release all of their evidence against him. “While we believe that your public comments are already in breach of the confidentiality provisions of [the Joint Drug Agreement], we will agree to waive those provisions … with respect to Rodriguez’s entire history under the Program, including, but not limited to, his testing history, test results, violations of the Program, and all information and evidence,” said MLB VP Rob Manfred in a letter to A-Rod‘s lawyer.
This is really getting to be silly. MLB has been leaking information for weeks — like clockwork, really, every day during the 5-6pm ET hour something new comes out — but now they’re asking permission? A-Rod’s camp has already said no (as they should have), but now the leaks will continue anyway. Maybe they won’t leak the actual evidence, but there will still be stories about this and that intending to scare Rodriguez. The league has definitely succeeded at making this whole situation messier than it needs to be with this mudslinging. Crazy idea: Respect due process and everyone shut up until the appeal hearing.
Via Andrew Marchand: Alex Rodriguez started the process of filing a medical grievance against the Yankees within the last two weeks. This comes the day after A-Rod’s lawyer accused the team of essentially hiding MRI results and playing an injured player as a way of embarrassing him. Unsurprisingly, Brian Cashman stood behind the team’s medical staff while talking with reporters this afternoon.
Via Steve Eder: Joseph Tacopina, a member of Alex Rodriguez‘s legal team, accused the Yankees of deliberately endangering his health in an effort to get him out of baseball. “They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer … They did things and acted in a way that is downright terrifying,” said the lawyer, who claims the team hid MRI results that showed the torn hip labrum from A-Rod last fall and continued to play him in the postseason.
Tacopina also says team president Randy Levine told Dr. Brian Kelly, who examined Alex after the season and eventually diagnosed the labrum tear, that “I don’t ever want to see [A-Rod] on the field again” and clarified “it wasn’t a joke.” Levine, obviously, denied the claims and says the team is willing to release the medical records if given the thumbs up by the necessary parties. Tacopina claims they have copies of “very damaging” email exchanges between A-Rod and Levine that prove otherwise.
So, someone is lying here. Either A-Rod’s camp is lying about what the doctor said or Levine is lying about what he told the doctor. I suppose they could both be correct and Kelly made the whole thing up, but I doubt it. Also, saying they hid the MRI results and continued to play an injured player is a very serious accusation. Like, super duper serious. I can’t wait for the appeal hearing. This is going to be a blast.
If ballplayers had a problem with Alex Rodriguez following the Biogenesis revelations, they’re going to downright hate the man if the latest report proves true. According to a 60 Minutes report, it was A-Rod‘s camp that provided un-redacted versions of the Biogenesis documents to Yahoo! Sports last February. This is quite a big deal, considering the un-redacted version of the documents added many names to the list of known Biogenesis clients.
If you search the original Miami New Times article, you will see no mention of Ryan Braun, among others (including Francisco Cervelli). It was only when the Yahoo! Sports report ran, almost a week later, that we saw Braun and others appear. Nearly all of the players on that un-redacted list have since been suspended, with the exceptions of Gio Gonzalez and Danny Valencia, who were cleared, and Melky Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal, and Bartolo Colon, who had previously served suspensions.
Given the deluge of leaks from MLB leading up to the Biogenesis suspensions, and their continuing case against A-Rod, it’s fair to assume that this leak also came from them. MLB has accused Rodriguez of attempting to obstruct their investigation into the players involved with Biogenesis, yet this seems to be the exact opposite. Whoever leaked the un-redacted documents did MLB a favor, since it exposed more players. Yet that might not be the biggest implication of this matter.
Craig Calcaterra of HardballTalk notes that if A-Rod did leak these documents, he might have violated the confidentiality clause in the CBA.
Like any report from anonymous sources (especially when signs point to MLB as the source), we shouldn’t take it as fact. Like any report involving Alex Rodriguez, we will anyway. I do have to say, if this does prove true it feels quite a bit worse than using PEDs.
Via Teri Thompson & Michael O’Keeffe: Alex Rodriguez showed up to former BALCO king Victor Conte’s doorstep last May with former NFLer Bill Romanowski in search of legal supplements to help his performance. The Yankees had an off-day in Oakland late last May before kicking off a West Coast road trip.
Conte, who served four months in prison for conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering, met with MLB investigators last week and said he initially declined to meet with A-Rod before he showed up uninvited. He recommended an increase in protein intake and to stop using a calcium-magnesium-zinc product. Given the people involved, the “legal supplemental” part of this is lol-worthy. Given the timing of Conte’s talk with investigators, I’m sure all of this was covered under the umbrella of the 211-game suspension handed down last week.
7:30pm: Both A-Rod and Cervelli were docked one day’s pay, reports Wally Matthews. That’s approximately $153,005 for Alex and $2,816 for Cervelli, who said he was “too stressed out” to report to the complex on the day the suspensions were announced.
4:00pm: Via Andrew Marchand: As expected, the Yankees have disciplined Alex Rodriguez for seeking a second opinion on his quad injury without the team’s approval. This is the whole Dr. Gross/Mike Francesa thing. A-Rod denied receiving anything informing him of the discipline but acknowledged it could have been sent to his lawyer.
The Yankees also disciplined Frankie Cervelli for “failing to report to work” on Monday. That was the day the various Biogenesis suspensions were announced. Cervelli probably knew the suspension (and his decision not the appeal) was coming that day and never bothered to report to the complex in Tampa, where hew was rehabbing his hand and elbow injuries. The nature of the discipline is unclear, but both players were probably fined. They could have made A-Rod pay for his own medical bills or something.
Just want to take a second to point you towards this great Gabe Feldman post at Grantland, which breaks down some arguments Alex Rodriguez‘s camp may use as they appeal his 211-game Biogenesis suspension. It’s a completely objective look from someone who actually knows what they’re talking about — Feldman is a professor at Tulane Law School and the director of the Tulane Sports Law Program — which is not something we see a whole lot of when it comes to A-Rod. He lays out about a dozen arguments and explains what they mean in plain English. It’s great. I highly recommend it.