Posted July 30, 2013

Report: Bud Selig will use rare commissioner’s power to ban A-Rod if he appeals suspension

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Bud Selig could get directly involved if Alex Rodriguez appeals his suspension.  (Getty Images)

Bud Selig could get more directly involved if Alex Rodriguez appeals his suspension. (Getty Images)

If New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez appeals an increasingly imminent suspension, MLB commissioner Bud Selig is considering invoking his power as commissioner to keep Rodriguez off the field.

He could decide to do that, the New York Daily News is reporting, through a rarely invoked commissioner’s power — “the right to take action against a player to preserve the integrity of the game.”

The Daily News report is the strongest indication yet that Selig is prepared to employ extreme measures if Rodriguez appeals his looming suspension, which may be handed down this week. Rodriguez’s lawyer, David Cornwell, said Monday that he and Rodriguez were focused on fighting any possible suspension of Rodriguez through the appeals process.

“We are focused on an appeal,” Cornwell said in an interview Monday with Stephen A. Smith on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York 98.7.

The Daily News reported Sunday that baseball is “armed with voluminous evidence they believe would warrant lifetime banishment.” A source close to Rodriguez told the paper, however, that he is “sticking to his story” and will not accept a deal. Cornwell confirmed that stance publicly in the interview Monday.

If Selig does go this route, he would be invoking Article XI, Section A1b of MLB’s collective bargaining agreement. He would effectively bypass both the grievance and appeals process and the Joint Drug Agreement, setting up a potential legal collision course among the league, the players’ union and Rodriguez.

According to the report, MLB believes it has gathered enough evidence to potentially go to this extreme. The report highlights Selig, in particular, as adamant that Rodriguez never sees the field again:

Selig is believed to be so determined to keep Rodriguez from ever stepping on a Major League Baseball field again that he is risking a reopening of the collective bargaining agreement or even a federal court case with his decision to bypass the usual grievance procedures and exercise his power to take action on an issue “involving the preservation of the integrity of, or the maintenance of public confidence in, the game of baseball.”


41 comments
Matt G
Matt G

Scapegoat. Long live the Commissioner

GoPackers2013
GoPackers2013

The only person(s) that is/not preserving the integrity of the game is/are Bud Selig and the NYY. Alex has the right to appeal his suspension and continue playing while the appeal is heard just like any other player would, especially for a first time offence. Once again MLB comes out looking like the bad guy. Making the rules up as they go.

YaValioCacaWate
YaValioCacaWate

Someone is just trying to weasel out of paying A-Rod the millions he has already earned.  Smells awful fishy.  Don't ban the man, pay the man, let him play.  A-Rod is the greatest baseball player that has ever played the game.  The only way to stop A-Rod from even breaking more records, is to ban him from baseball.  Bud Selig has more power than President Obama.  Selig needs to do the right thing and support A-Rod.  Que viva mi raza.

Korzagg
Korzagg

Bobby98

@CassieLake  I smell an anti trust case somewhere in MLB future, its hard to defend ARod, the owners were complicit for many years, now the have egg on their face they are trying to make an example of him by colluding with the Yankees... than god football season is near.

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Good luck with this MLB is the only of the 4 major sports that has Anti-trust exemptions

Getyourfootofftheboat
Getyourfootofftheboat

All A-Rod wants is his money....all the Yankees want is for an insurance company to pick up 80% of A-Rod's contract....all the league wants is for A-Rod never to set foot on a Major league field again.

All the fans want is for this to be over and for Selig to retire.

Not a lot to ask for...right?

freedman1
freedman1

I look forward to the day where fans stop vilifying the athletes alone, and acknowledge that many others catalyzed and profited from athletes' drug use: owners, general managers, trainers, drug pushers and advertisers to name a few.

And Bud Selig deserves a special position of shame for the steroid era as he helped create and sustained for two decades.  Bud Selig's legacy will be complete if he throws an arcane paragraph of the rulebook at someone he helped create. The two are flawed humans, but similarly responsible for tarnishing an era of sport. And neither seems to get it. Sad.

DeeDee2Die4
DeeDee2Die4

There needs to be a way to get a lifetime ban for Bud Selig. The Selig era has dropped a deuce on the legacy of MLB.

mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

Maybe he could appeal the ban.

EMGEE
EMGEE

HMMM. For most of my life I was a Yankee fan..Now just an Ichiro, Jeter, Rivera fan. 

Bud Selig , Alex Rodriguez and MLB are pathetic. Selig watched for the past 20 yrs as 90% of the players were obviously juiced up CHEATERS__but he and the other rich boy club owners didnt say a word as the cash registers sang louder with every 500 ft HR and the game was being destroyed right before our  eyes. I hate AROID and Selig but it appears that some kind of back room deal has been struck between the Yankees and MLB. Obviously money is the motivator AGAIN.. Sports used to be one of the places I could go to get away from it all and enjoy the competition between great athletes. Instead it is a CESSPOOL of ARROGANT, LYING, SPOILED,CHEATERS...

The only interesting thing is to try to guess who is NOT cheating..(Thus the 3 players mentioned above) and try to imagine what their numbers would be like if they were playing against non-Cheaters...

I'ld like to see Selig and Aroid in JAIL.........that wont happen though.. They are both accomplices in ruing America's pastime as well as the dumb as# uneducated fans who actually pay money to watch this field of schemes.

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

This would clearly be the only smart thing Selig has done in years !!

likedoohan
likedoohan

I agree there is something fishy here regarding the Yanks wishing to rid themselves of this contract, as this talk started before the recent PED stories. I think the other owners might not be OK with tossing the CBA to benefit the Yankees. This whole mess will end up in the courts, as happened with Bountygate, and MLB and Bosch will get destroyed by a good legal team. Not defending Arod at all, but the Yanks were only bidding against themselves with Arod's contract (was anyone else really going to agree to pay him 20+ million in his 40's?).

CassieLake
CassieLake

Hmm going to great lengths to save the Yanks money I see. While the brewers are giving back Braun's salary to the fans. Let's see if the Yanks do the same or if Selig just helps them pocket millions so they can bring in another PED user and claim innocence. Sorry but the last team that should be taken off the hook financially is the Yanks. They have had more PED users wear their uniform then all other teams put together. And Scheffield tried to everyone so years ago and they shut him up to like Canseco

MatthewGalbraith
MatthewGalbraith

GalenF. You're living in a fantasy land if you don't think every other major league sport has the same PED issue. It just gets more press in baseball. No one watches football and actually thinks 300 pound men can run the 40 in 4.5 seconds naturally. So people don't care as much. Baseball cares more about its history than any other sport, and it has the longest history. The extent to which Alex Rodriguez has attempted to cheat the system this time is disgusting, and he deserves that lifetime ban. 19 different PED's taken each day, and a system of lies that makes any other player's transgressions look like nothing in comparison. This is a man who has actively gone out and recruited young baseball players to start taking steroids so they can "play like him". Selig has every right to go out there and use the Integrity clause. And any person bashing the Yankees for signing Arod should understand that any team in baseball would have gladly had him if they could back in 2004, even if they had a star shortstop, they would have done what the Yanks did. I hope he never plays a single game of baseball ever again

GalenF
GalenF

I hope this turns into a knock down, drag out saga for both sides.  It will just continue to make MLB look like a pathetic soap opera.  But, why do baseball fans continue to be suckers?  The game is a fraud yet you're still willing to shell out serious $ for tickets and sit through 160+ game season while supporting these idiots?  Smarten up people!!

dinohealth
dinohealth

MLB and the Commissioner's office are simply trying to save the owners and the Yanks some dollars.  This witch hunt should have ended long ago, and MLB should have gone forward from that point with a thorough testing program.  Continuing to persecute individual players a decade later, demonstrates how much less they care about the game, and, how much more they care about dollars.  I hope A-Rod fights it tooth-and-nail! 

Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

One could see that there was an underlying ugliness to this.  

Bledred
Bledred

Let me get this straight....if A-rod appeals he will get a life-time ban from Bud.  If he accepts the suspension, he will most likely get the 60 million left on his contract.  And his lawyer is saying they are prepared to fight the suspension??? Once again...fight it and your gone with not a cent....go home and shut up and take your punishment like a man...60 million.  How on Earth is this decision hard?

Petzuk
Petzuk

If Selig's going to ban A-Rod, what about Boston's dirty duo, Ortiz and Manny? Ortiz is still happily playing after delivering two PED infested titles.

Mark63
Mark63

Please, for once, let it be so.  For any fan who works at a normal job, things would never have gone this long.  We would have been fired long ago if we abused controlled substances as part of our job.  I don't doubt for one second that even though Selig wants him gone, the Yankees are even more motivated to see him banned.  It will be an early Christmas for them as Santa Selig will erase the incredibly stupid contract that they have with A-Fraud.  

JohnBarnard
JohnBarnard

@YaValioCacaWate Greatest baseball player to play the game?  Really?  He doesn't hold a candle to the greats, and after this scandal, his name will be a footnote in baseball history.

riley8
riley8

@Getyourfootofftheboat If what you say is true, and I have no reason to disagree, the common denominator is he never plays again.  We will see.

Korzagg
Korzagg

@freedman1 Your right, more then just the players had a hand in this, but does that mean we are suppose to excuse their actions?

At the end of the day it was their choice to take the drugs, The owners, Gm's, Trainers or Dealers did not force them to do it. It was all about greed and chasing the almighty dollar.

What gets under my skin about it is everyone seems to think the "steroid era" started somewhere around 1994 and that is BS, it started more around 1960, and at least baseball is really trying to do something about this, No one seems to care that the NBA, NHL and Almighty NFL have much easier drug testing in place for their players 


MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@freedman1 

 You're forgetting the Union.  For years, MLBPA resisted any testing at all, and is still playing games about HGH testing.  For years, MLBPA has protected dirty players fiercely while ignoring the concerns of clean players.

joeymatta
joeymatta

@EMGEE Sorry to remind you that the Black Sox cheating scandal happened before you were born. When money and fame are involved, there have always been cheaters. Try to enjoy the beauty of the game which will always outlive the bad apples.

Bobby9
Bobby9

@EMGEE so you never were really a Yankees fan unless you less than 10 years old. Many great Yankees have come and gone, generalizations for effect help no one including your argument.

Bobby9
Bobby9

@CassieLake  I smell an anti trust case somewhere in MLB future, its hard to defend ARod, the owners were complicit for many years, now the have egg on their face they are trying to make an example of him by colluding with the Yankees... than god football season is near.

likedoohan
likedoohan

@MatthewGalbraith The Yanks extended Arod following the 2007 season for 10 years at 275 million when he was 32 yrs old, taking him beyond his 43 birthday. I don't think any team in baseball would have made that deal, and I believe the Yanks should eat the cash to be fair to less reckless teams. At that time they were bidding against themselves, just as they were a couple years ago with Sabathia. Otherwise, I totally agree about other pro sports. Anyone who believes  other pro sports are clean is naive. Only baseball beats itself up about it.

JohnPLoconsolo
JohnPLoconsolo

@Petzuk @Petzuk it is not about the PED's it is the fact that AROD was involved with destroying evidence and hindering the investigation. That is why his punishment might be more severe. I am a Yankees fan, and I want AROD gone. He is a bum, and has been a worthless addition to the team. One good year during his whole Yankee tenure.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@Petzuk zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 get over it already.  cheaters on every team

MikeDelena
MikeDelena

@Korzagg @MikeDelena if you tell someone they cant do something they are allowed to do, and threaten them with a consequence for doing what they have a right to do, thats blackmail. arod if suspended is entitled to an appeal. selig is threatening to ban him for life if he exercises his right  to appeal

TontisAcheater
TontisAcheater

@JohnPLoconsolo @Petzuk

Tony Bosch tried to sell his "records" to Alex for 7 figures in an attempted blackmail attempt. Alex declined but Bud Selig bought them. Sounds like Alex didn't impede the investigation but Bud and company are paying Drug Dealers to children and minors substantial sums in collusion with the Yankees to demonize Alex. Good luck with that.

Yahoo User2
Yahoo User2

@DODGERFAIL2013Putting aside actual PED use for a moment - one thing that prosecutors, anyone in any judicial system, and people in general really dislike is being outright lied to. That's why in our legal system the penalties for perjury are so high. Another thing is having investigations interfered with. Arod has seemingly blatantly done both. It's a big reason they want to hang him.

Korzagg
Korzagg

@MikeDelena @KorzaggNo he is offering a deal, Arod can accept the 1 1/2 year suspension, if he does not take that he will be banned for life, he could then try and appeal that lifetime ban.

Bobby9
Bobby9

@Yahoo User2 @DODGERFAIL2013  The same logic should apply to all our elected officials, they lie to us everyday and deliver jack squat, We live in a rogues gallery of liars so no one has the high ground here, if you think all the professional leagues are not aware that drugs are part of the game, then you are lying to yourself, they only get upset when they are caught, A _ROd and MLB are partners in the same crime.