Posted July 23, 2013

Report: MLB’s A-Rod evidence goes ‘far beyond’ what was found on Ryan Braun

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MLB has evidence on A-Rod that goes "far beyond" anything it had on Ryan Braun.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

MLB has evidence on A-Rod that goes “far beyond” anything it had on Ryan Braun. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

On the heels of the news that Ryan Braun would be suspended for the rest of this season, ESPN’s T.J. Quinn reported that the evidence provided to Major League Baseball on Alex Rodriguez goes “far beyond” anything against Braun.

Braun was suspended for 65 games — the rest of the MLB season — on Monday, as part of the league’s yearlong investigation into the Miami “wellness” clinic Biogenesis.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig also considered Braun’s prior failed drug test in the 2011 postseason in his suspension. But Quinn’s report suggests that the league could attempt to come down even harder on Rodriguez.

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In a number of ways, Quinn reports, Braun’s urgency to strike a deal on a suspension with the league will detriment the defense of Rodriguez and other stars involved in the investigation. According to Quinn, Braun’s deal-making gives more credibility to Tony Bosch, the clinic’s founder. And sources told Quinn that the league’s case against Rodriguez involves the possibility that he interfered with the ongoing investigation.

More specific evidence against Rodriguez isn’t yet known. The New York Daily News reported recently that Rodriguez and his lawyers were working on a plea deal that would leave him with a 150-game suspension, but Rodriguez’s representatives have denied the report.


15 comments
JohnDThorpe
JohnDThorpe

A-Rod was free to "impede" their investigation without penalty, because MLB is not the law!

This is his first offense and if he gets more than 50 games, the union ought to have an absolute fit and take the league to arbitration, if not court. MLB is not its own legal system and it can't get out of 200+ MM contracts and suspend people willy nilly.

MavsMan
MavsMan

I am all for a lifetime ban for A-Rod as he obviously felt that he can do anything even after taking drugs when he was with Texas.   Some people never learn or in his case because he is so rich and popular, probably thinks he is above the rules, can do whatever he wants.  I would say ban him for life and also from the HoF and the reason I say that is, if Pete Rose can be banned for betting on games then A-Rod surely is not better than Pete.  Ban for life I say!

footballjustice
footballjustice

If it goes back to his last PED use (seems they always do) then MLB really has no reason to punish him as they've already done so (at least they called it punishment). But if this is linked to a different time that A-rod was doing PEDs then it's about time that MLB handed out the lifetime ban and strike him from all records. Interestingly enough this move would probably make MLB more popular in the short and long term which surprises me why Bud hasn't jumped the gun with this. I mean think about it, lifetime ban, serious punishment (no record of alex playing baseball ever) and maybe people believe he doesn't want PEDs in baseball. But from the strictly entertainment standpoint this gives Americas second most cash friendly franchise the freedom to go out and spend more money after dumping his contract (Cano coming back for sure with that kind of money).

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Minimum 250 games for A-rod if not a lifetime ban. This guy has been doping before Texas.  How long will players like A-rod continue to spit in the eyes of MLB and their fans. A-rod brings nothing to the game, fans would rather see him ban from the game. Also Braun got off easy for a repeat offender and both times he was caught weren't the only two times Braun was doping.

Kortez Tk
Kortez Tk

Any possibility, if the interference with the investigation is, in fact, accurate, that a lifetime ban could be forthcoming?

mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

Pretty soon he'll be known as A-fraud.

ShanaBradley
ShanaBradley

@JohnDThorpeWTF? He tried to illegally obtain information so it could be destroyed. As an employee of the Yankees and as part of a collective bargaining agreement with MLB, he is held to the same standard of any law. In this case, MLB IS THE LAW!

Kortez Tk
Kortez Tk

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler you make good sense with your prognosticated 250 game minimumk ban.  A-ROD has not been even close to forthcoming, and his repeated use has been obvious as well as documented.  Good call!

crescentparkfe
crescentparkfe

@mahi2mahi Joe Torre already called him that in his biography book about his time managing the Yankees.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@Kortez Tk

thanks...but to be honest i would love too see players banned 2-5 seasons for proven first time use and life time on the second use but that will never happen.. if you are caught you should also have a salary ceiling like 1-5 million and the closer to 5 million the less years on the contract and its not guaranteed... that would really make players fly right... In the end A-rod won he got over by signing 2 mega contracts over 200 million, so i ask you what is the deterrence, nothing.....  the incentives are way too high to stop cheating.