Posted July 24, 2013

Report: Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal any suspensions over alleged drug use

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Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal any suspensions over alleged PEDs use.

Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal any suspensions over alleged performance enhancing drug use. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who reports say will be hit with at least a 100-game suspension as part of Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis investigation, plans to appeal any such discipline, reports USA TODAY‘s Bob Nightengale.

Rodriguez has been out all season following hip surgery last January, and a suspension could lengthen his time away. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman floated a 150-game suspension, and other reports agree that he will likely be hit with at least a 100-game suspension. (A report Tuesday said he could face a lifetime ban, though that seems unlikely.)

Former MVP Ryan Braun was suspended 65 games — the rest of the season – for violating the league’s drug policy as part of the Biogenesis scandal. ESPN’s T.J. Quinn reported that MLB’s evidence against Rodriguez goes “far beyond” what it had against Braun.

The Miami New Times first reported that Biogenesis, a South Florida anti-aging clinic, had provided performance enhancing drugs to players. As many as 20 players could be implicated by the scandal. Except for Braun’s recent admissions, all players alleged to have received PEDs have denied the charges.

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There had been reports Rodriguez was looking to make a deal, but Nightengale’s latest report denies that possibility. Instead, the report says Rodriguez plans to fight the allegations.

Rodriguez reportedly met with MLB officials on July 12 and heard the evidence against him. It’s unknown if he cooperated with officials or corroborated any of the allegations. Rodriguez has previously admitted to using PEDs from 2001 to 2003 while he played for the Texas Rangers, but he has publicly denied all allegations related to this case.


33 comments
crescentparkfe
crescentparkfe

A-Rod is now making even Manny Ramirez look like a Church Boy saint.

johngol
johngol

i heard it was a life time ban because they have him on trying to buy the evidence back

crescentparkfe
crescentparkfe

Before last year I used to complain that their pitching and defense was garbage. Now they have their best pitching and defense in years but they have the most garbage RBI producing offense I have ever seen. Can't their dummies in their head office get both areas right instead of a $200 plus million injury prone club?

TontisAcheater
TontisAcheater

What's the end game for MLB? Bosch testifies (under oath?) that he is a PED trafficker and baseball suspends A Rod? A Rod's lawyers can say if there is undisputed evidence of illegal drug dealing by Bosch and he is willing to incriminate himself then why is the Florida law enforcement or the FBI not prosecuting Bosch? How tainted is the evidence? MLB is buying these tainted records? Where is the proof A Rod actually took the PEDs that Bosch allegedly gave him? Bosch sells gummy bears and creams. Alex has not tested positive so good luck proving he bought PEDs from a fake prescription pad but also proof that Alex actually used anything illegal with no positive test. A lawyer can have a field day with this folly.


I'm all for punishing PED users but the MLB drug testing policy is not catching the users with positive tests. Bud Selig keeps touting how the testing policy is working. LOL

6marK6
6marK6

Rodriguez strikes me as the kind of guy that will go deep into the gutter to get his way. He has no shame or honor, so he will do anything.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

The bottom line to all of this:  Alex Rodriguez has no honor.

s15
s15

I've always detested MLB's otherworldly legal status. Although I don't much like AROD or the cheating that is going on, I can't stand the process used to prosecute the offenses. What happened to Ortiz of Bosox or many other players who have used stuff and not been brought to task. And why is it that in this high tech era, MLB can't find the cheaters with simple tests and stop it early on. I'm a Yankee fan, but I'm not so sure Cano wasn't involved as well as many others. The truth is that the owners were thrilled to be filling the ballparks and getting great tv coverage when the balls are zooming over the fences and chasing down historical stats. Most of the fat cats earned money by doing things a lot worse then taking some injections, so they could care less until caught.

If they really want to clean it up, they could do so rather easily. Instead of prosecuting the past so vigorously, why not tell the fans how they are going to stop it and prevent the cheats from happening. We all know to discount AROD and the others from history. And why is Mark McCheater back in baseball and Pete idontlike Rose still on the outs? Too much ego and double standards -  get rid of Selig and hire a real impartial administrator to clean up BB.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

At this point I don't even care if ARod is suspended.  I just don't want the Yankees to be able to get out from under that contract.  They signed it, they should have to live with it!

morphy
morphy

Arod has nothing to lose if he appeals. he will still be paid until his eventual suspension.

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

At this point it is obvious A-Rod is desperately trying to protect his HOF candidacy.

TontisAcheater
TontisAcheater

Melky Cabrera tested positive.  Melky's representative then created a fake supplement and vitamin website on which to blame the positive test.   Melky is reported to be on the Biogenesis list as is Robinson Cano's personal assistant and LeBron James' representive Rich Paul.

That seems like a cover-up.  Melky received the collectively bargained 50 game suspension and was free to sign a new multimillion dollar contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

How exactly is ARod different other than the fact ARod hasn't tested positive like Melky did?

TontisAcheater
TontisAcheater

@johngol 

The same alleged evidence that MLB bought?  It's okay for Bud to buy tainted evidence that law enforcement won't even arrest Bosch with?  Yeah that will stand up in court.

S12
S12

@TontisAcheater Apparently you've been away for a few years.  Rodriguez HAS tested positive.  In addition, simply receiving a controlled substance, or possession of steroids is a crime in the US.  As a note, simply manufacturing steroids is illegal in the US.  Using ANY prescription medication for a purpose not under it's FDA approval is also a crime, as is writing that prescription.   Baseball has jurisdiction in PRIVATE matters of Rodriguez under the guise of the Collective Bargaining agreement.  Whether or not any particular jurisdiction decides to prosecute Bosch, Rodriguez, Braun, or anyone else is wholly irrelevant to anything dealing with a private organization enacting discipline and not criminal proceedigns.

S12
S12

@s15 First, All the tests use the Olympic standard of the ratio of epitestosterone to testosterone to trigger the test.  Normal male ration is 1:1.  The standard allowed under these standards is 4 to 1.  In other words you can have 400% of "normal" testosterone levels before they even BEGIN to look for anything.

Second, steroids are multi generations old in the PED world, Hgh is also.  What is being used now by NON advanced users are things like Manny got caught with HcG which causes men to release more of their OWN testosterone.  Manny just went over that 4:1 ratio and got caught.

Second,  there is NO TEST FOR HgH.  While the NFL will try and tell you there is when they start their testing next year, it is only valid w/in 24 hours of use, and since it does not detect that actual hormone, but other substrates in the injection, even that number is sketchy.  

JakeFromStateFarm17
JakeFromStateFarm17

@s15 Very simple in the past the Union didn't sign on and now they have, thus a "due process" which once existed is gone.

jdane
jdane

@PhillyPenn Agreed, although I don't really want him suspended--he's a great player and I want to see him perform (I say this even as a RS fan).   The Yankees are obviously throwing him under the bus, trying to make his professional life so unbearable for him he retires, saving them millions.   I believe this was the same strategy with Giambi, no?   Nice team loyalty!   Only the Yankees front office, and the crowds of pompous moralistic sportswriters and fans could do the unthinkable:  turn me into an A-rod fan.


utoo
utoo

@Mark V.1 A-Rod is desperately trying to protect his money

Loch
Loch

@Mark V.1 


He's got zero Hall of Fame candidacy left. 

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@TontisAcheater ARod didn't test positive and doesn't need to.  He ADMITTED to using PEDs.  That's better than a positive test result!

Jeffrey5
Jeffrey5

@TontisAcheater And, it was because of Melky that baseball became interested in Biogenesis. Until Melky's agent tried to cover up his activities, Biogenesis was not on MLB's radar at all.

JohnRocha
JohnRocha

@S12 @TontisAcheater   

@ S12  Steroids are not illegal in the US.  they are just banned in baseball.  I  take a testosterone shot every 14 days, and yes i have a prescription for it too...

JohnAlport1
JohnAlport1

@jdane @PhillyPenn Not sure what you mean about Giambi.  The Yankees could have tried to ditch his contract after he was outed, but as I remember, they decided to do nothing.  Things just took their natural course.  Anyone have information to the contrary?

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

@Loch @Mark V.1 For the most part, I agree (although I bet Rodriguez doesn't).  It appears voters refuse to elect anybody who was connected to PED's.  I certainly would do the same if I had a vote.  But we will know more for sure after seeing what happens to Bonds over the next few years.  Some people will have a hard time not voting for (statistically) the two best hitters of our era.

GeraldRosenstingel1
GeraldRosenstingel1

@TontisAcheater @MikeKing @jdane @PhillyPenn

I don't think it's bad logic. It doesn't matter if anyone payed for it. Aroid tried to get evidence to destroy it and MLB tried to get evidence to proof his guilt. That is a big difference.

Aroid - tried to prevent everyone from getting to the truth

MLB - tried to get out the truth

MikeKing
MikeKing

@jdane @PhillyPenn @TontisAcheater That is correct, but they have evidence he was taking after the confession and policy came into place. They also have evidence he tried to hurt the investigation into the crime as well.  Hence they have cause to suspend him for any amount they like.  if all he did was fail a test, then they would be stuck at just a 50 game suspension.