Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Likely To Be Suspended After Break

According to ESPN and Outside the Lines Major League Baseball is likely to suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and up to 20 other players after the All Star Break next week after the Biogenesis clinic fallout. Bud Selig is even considering 100 game bans for Braun and A Rod although I can see that igniting a war with the MLB Player's Union and that is not a war I think Selig can or will win. This is going to start a war of appeals and uproar from the fans and Donald Fehr since neither player has received a first suspension which would equal 50 games, not 100 games. Between the appeals and the arbitrator ruling over the suspensions this could take the rest of the season for all we know.

Just as a reminder the players linked to Anthony Bosch and Biogenesis in the original report were Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Everth Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, Jesus Montero, and Bartolo Colon to name a few. Many of the players have been interviewed by MLB including Ryan Braun who reportedly refused to answer any of the lines of questioning. Reportedly A Rod has not been interviewed yet but is set to be interviewed later this week or early next week.

I plan on watching this extremely close because I think what MLB is trying to do is absolutely wrong in every way. If you come out and make rules, ie the new collective bargaining agreement, and have both sides agree to them then you have to go by them. You cannot make rules and suspensions by the seat of your pants and expect them to fly. I am not just saying that this is because A Rod and Cervelli are Yankees because I am fighting for the rights of Ryan Braun as well. If the new CBA says that you need to fail two tests to be suspended for 100 games then that is the way it should be, bottom line.

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