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Alex Rodriguez is expected to challenge the ruling in Federal Court, as if this were Roe V Wade and it was 1973. Dude, give it a rest. Consider the ruling of an 162-game ban to be the first step in a long overdue process of treating cheaters in baseball how they deserve to be treated.
Eight other players were suspended, including Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, who received the heftiest sentence of 65 games. The other seven will be banned for 50.
[ESPN] “This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review.”
In my humble view, 100% guaranteed contracts are the worst thing to happen to pro sports. It allows players too much freedom to take advantage of their fans and teammates. It’s an invitation, to some, to stop working hard. No one else (expect, maybe, college professors with tenure) get 100% guaranteed contracts. If you test positive for drugs at your job at UPS, you’re gone. No questions asked.
The same should go for baseball. Naturally, A-Rod disagrees, in that he sees himself as a victim because he’s gone full-in on covering his ass.
[ESPN] “I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court,” Rodriguez said in his statement. “I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.
“No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players’ contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining, and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently being used to unjustly punish me.
“I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship. I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal.”
Following his statement, any and every person standing near A-Rod probably turned to the person next to them and said, “Wow, did he really just say that?” Yes. Yes he did.
The Yankees are yet to comment, however, it’s speculated that the money they save from this suspension will be used to go after highly coveted Japanese free agent pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka.
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