- Posted August 5, 2013 by
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An A-Rod 211 Game Suspension Hurts MLB More than Rodriguez the Man
Suspending A-Rod for 211 games will hurt Major League Baseball more than it will Rodriguez, thus expect some last-minute finagling to bring the suspension down to a more manageable 50-100.
That Alex Rodriguez has been handed a 214 game suspension for taking performance enhancing drugs and then trying to sandbag the investigation is a less than exciting climax to weeks of speculation.
That he is appealing the punishment while the rest of the dozen accused are not says more about A-Rod than about baseball, drugs or justice.
I'd even go so far as to say I expect A Rod to fight this thing, and I'm no fan by any stretch, in case you were wondering.
Roger Clemens fought it--and won his case despite the evidence against him.
Guys like Rodriguez and Clemons---and Pete Rose, why not throw him into the mix. Guys like these are among the best who ever put on a uniform and their skill at the game was eclipsed by their determination, guts and ...well, risk taking.
A-Rod has more money than god, and you can expect him to use all at his disposal to fight this thing so that he can go out on his own terms, not on major league baseball's. Make no mistake. A 214 game suspension is a career ender for Rodriguez.
And with the stature of Rodriguez in the history of the game, I'm not so sure MLB wants it to end this way.
I predict that there will be some last minute finagling that cuts this suspension to a more servicable 50-100.
If MLB's hammer falls and the suspension lasts 214 games, the game of baseball has as much to lose, if not more so, than Rodriguez the man.
And that's something to think about. I'm W J O'Reilly.
Be well and see you next time.