Posted August 01, 2013

Report: MLB prepared to ban A-Rod for life, suspend eight others

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MLB is preparing to ban Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez for life.  (Getty Images)

MLB is preparing to ban New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for life. (Getty Images)

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is preparing to ban New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for life before the weekend, USA Today reports.

MLB also plans on suspending about eight others, although no announcement is expected until at least Thursday or Friday.

Rodriguez’s attorney, David Cornwell, said earlier this week that his client will appeal any suspension, no matter how long the ban is.

The other eight players are expected to receive 50-game bans, and most are considering accepting the discipline without appealing.

But ESPN reported late Wednesday night that Rodriguez and MLB are negotiating a possible suspension after the league was given evidence to support the charge that Rodriguez interfered with the investigation.

As many as 15-20 players were originally linked to Biogenesis, a South Florida clinic that MLB investigated for providing performance-enhancing drugs.  Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has already been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season for his link to the clinic.

VERDUCCI: End of A-Rod’s career may be nearing, but new questions are arising

More from USA Today:

Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball executive vice president of labor relations, informed the Major League Players Association officials on Tuesday of their findings and suspensions. The players and their representatives will decide whether they will file an appeal or accept the penalties, which would all but end their regular season with barely 50 games remaining.

Rodriguez, who used performance-enhancing drugs from 2010-2012, according to Biogenesis documents, has never been punished for doping. Players who violate the drug policy are subject to a 50-game suspension.

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera are also likely to face suspensions because of their involvement with Biogenesis.


55 comments
spot13
spot13

Bud is a hypocrite! If he can't do what needs to be done he needs to go. One time and done. Ped have no place in sports. Lance Armstrong learned that one and now ARod and the others need to learn. Ban them all and strike their records from the books. Do your job Bud be a man.

ariel.d.garcia
ariel.d.garcia

A-Rod has never been suspended by MLB for any doping violation and yet MLB is considering banning him from baseball?? If MLB were truly concerned with cleaning the sport they should ban Ryan Braun instead of A-Rod. At least A-Rod admitted using PEDs at one point in his career and has neither confirmed nor denied any involvement with Bosch and Co. Braun on the other hand, had a highly questionable failed drug test in 2011 and he vehemently denied any link to Biogenesis. Fans and the Media are making A-Rod a scapegoat just because he's the highest paid player in baseball. 

GalenF
GalenF

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J D2
J D2

sounds like the Yankees are paying MLB off to ban A-Rod, then no more salary. A-Rod has never been suspended before - and now a LIFETIME BAN? wtf? 

Bhopx
Bhopx

Studies have statistically shown that it's best to fire someone on a Friday. There's less of a chance of an incident.

SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

The best summer of my life was 1989, when my dad and I took a road trip for the HOF inductions of my childhood heroes, Terry Bradshaw and Johnny Bench.  This year, no inductees into the baseball hall, despite some great players being eligible.  It's a shame what cheating has done to baseball.

Tairy
Tairy

I'm no ARod fan ,but Selig is a joke. Backing "good old boys club" weasel owners in Miami, NY Mets, and LA (who finally collapsed under the weight of his own weaselness and had to sell). "Looking out for the best interest of baseball" is a crock, he is looking out for the best interest of his owner buddies, and getting the Yankees out from under the stupid contract that everyone knew was stupid when they signed it. The NFL has steroid problems and deal with it and it's done. None of this BS hemming and hawing OHHH BOO HOO INTEGRITY OF THE GAME (which Selig has already taken out back and buried behind the woodshed)

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Haven't we been seeing this story everyday for a week now? ACT, MLB, or shut up. We all know A-Rod is a despicable little toad. We all know he will appeal. We all know he will keep coming back like a canker sore. But ACT. 

NY NBK Far Superior
NY NBK Far Superior

I guess since people are mad the Yankees dont have to pay AROd when he gets banned that the Brewers should pay Braun or the Rangers should pay Cruz maybe the Giants should have to pay for Bonds all those years back......please. ARod cheated and the Yankees dont have to pay him.

For the Yankee haters "You cant have your cake and eat it to"

Cake being Arod banned and eating is the Yankees paying for his contract.

Aguilas
Aguilas

Great.  Every ball player I grew up idolizing turned out to be a lying, cheating juicer.  I hope Nolan Ryan stays pure!

TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

This MLB trying to save the Yankees. Pathetic. There are consequences to spending foolishly in this world... if you aren't one of the elite, that is.

Hola
Hola

Fight them Arod.....Fight them with everything you have.

Chris10
Chris10

If you ban Arod for life without ever suspending him once before then how can you not ban these others for life? Selig is nothing more than a clown.  Yes, Arod is a jerk but so is Braun and he only got 65 games

QuikMix
QuikMix

This whole scandal is really meaningless unless MLB gets its act together and implements a TRULY robust testing regime.

jzty
jzty

A-Fraud just needs to go away quietly.  He's embarrassed the game enough as it is.

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

As a Yankee fan, I'm ecstatic.  He's under-performing, overpaid and a gigantic distraction.  Soon he will be gone and the Yankees can shift some of that money elsewhere.  2014 is much brighter, granted still not that bright overall.

salvaje50
salvaje50

How come A-Rod has never been suspended before?  And if he hasn't, then how can MLB give him a lifetime ban when he hasn't been disciplined in the past?

airider
airider

The part that keeps getting me is that the majority of these folks never get busted "the old fashioned way" of actually failing a test.  Braun arguably did...but the rest of these guys and in most other sports didn't.  That means the drug testing process is broken and currently a waste of money, and also means that all of these cases have to be handled based on circumstantial evidence.  The lawyers always win if we're going to accept circumstantial evidence as "proof enough" that the drug policy was violated...

My recommendation...in order....

1) quit wasting your money on the lawyers

2) fix the drug testing program

3) only accept positive tests....


...maybe then we'll actually be in a position to trust anything anybody says...to include Bud Selig...naw, strike that....in the end...it's just entertainment so I'm not even sure why this is even news....PLAY BALL!!! 

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

Why are only 8 of the 15-20 people getting suspended?

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

Brian Cashman likes this. People who know who the Yankees have at 3rd base do not.

Mark63
Mark63

Hello Mexican League.  Here I come.  

jason2
jason2

he can still play for the long island ducks

MartinO'Brien
MartinO'Brien

@Tairy"The NFL has steroid problems and deal with it and it's done." The NFL has THE anti-doping program...that is considered the biggest joke in the anti-doping community.

Bjornagast
Bjornagast

@NY NBK Far Superior I understand your logic, NY NBK, but it's just not a simple matter of simple morality. My guess is that the MLB Players Union would strenuously argue that the Yanks have to honor general salary guidelines under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Now *if* Rodriguez's contract has clauses that offer the Yanks a way to claim that A-rod violated the contract by taking steroids or getting himself banned--clauses that touch on general misconduct or behaving in a way that made his services unavailable to the Yanks--then I'm sure Cashman and the Steinbrenners will pursue that avenue. 

Si.com and Espn.com have articles written by professors of sports law on this topic, I believe. You should check them out. From what I remember of them, the Yanks do want to get from paying A-rod, but it won't be an easy legal fight. 


NY NBK Far Superior
NY NBK Far Superior

the Yankees are no different than any other team they should get off just like the rest.

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

@TeamCropDusters 

This, everyone, this.  Selig is trying to get the Yanks out from under the ridiculous contract to which they signed him.  I am glad A-Rod is going down, so as to stop the greatest threat to Bonds' career HR record.  However, they Yanks signed him, and they shouldn't be allowed to use Selig to get out of paying A-Rod.

Bjornagast
Bjornagast

@Chris10 Because A-Rod lied to MLB when it was investigation steroid use and Biogenesis. Because A-Rod took steps through associates to buy and destroy his medical records with Biogenesis, again actively trying to conceal his illegal juicing. 

It's time for MLB to set an example. If A-Rod is the example, so be it. 


MotoWhaler
MotoWhaler

@Chris10 Braun came clean and accepted punishment by MLB.  A-Rod apparently did not cooperate with MLB and may be guilty of much more according to reports.

QuikMix
QuikMix

@Chris10 

recent explanations referred to an obscure discretionary authority of the commissioner to ban players for "the greater benefit of the game" (or something like that).  

I think it seems more reasonable to think that MLB's logic is that each doping instance counted as a separate offense.  If that's the case, they must have clear evidence of multiple instances of A-Rod doping.

Korzagg
Korzagg

@QuikMix MLB has the best testing of the major sports, yet no one complains about the other 3

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@salvaje50 He wasn't suspended before, because when he admitted to taking PEDS when he was with Texas, the bans weren't in place

Korzagg
Korzagg

@salvaje50In banning Rodriguez for life Selig could invoke Article XII (B) of the CBA, which states:

"Players may be disciplined for just cause for conduct that is materially detrimental or materially prejudicial to the best interests of baseball, including, but not limited to, engaging in conduct in violation of federal, state or local law.''

Mark63
Mark63

@salvaje50 Special clause which gives Selig the power.  He will argue that it is not solely for the PEDs but for interfering with the League's investigation.

mwr5053
mwr5053

@airider See my comment from a few moments ago. The drug testing industry is doing all it can to keep up but it's never going to catch up. Those that get caught will be stupid or overconfident with their use of PEDs. 

RobOlds
RobOlds

@airider I agree with you, but I would add a fourth point:  implement lifetime bans for steroid cheats.

Korzagg
Korzagg

@pcwhite2 @TeamCropDusters They should still count the number against the tax and mabye donate it to charity, no reason that Arod who did not earn it should get the money

Bhopx
Bhopx

Braun didn't come clean about crap. He knew it wasn't worth the gamble to fight the suspension considering the big money under his contract starts a couple of years down the road. He'd rather take the hit now, especially with his team's season lost. He didn't even publicly admit to using PEDs. All he said was he made mistakes. Big deal.

Korzagg
Korzagg

@QuikMix @Chris10 


From what I have read they have proof that he tried to or did destroy documents hindering the investigation and he was a "recruiter" of sorts for this clinic, as well as a user and lair many times over 

QuikMix
QuikMix

@Korzagg @QuikMix 

it may be robust relative to, say, NFL/NBA, but it's already outdated.  Recognizing that this speaks to the ability of dopers to stay "ahead of the curve," that doesn't mean that MLB shouldn't bolster this testing further.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@RobOldsGood luck with that one.  The players union is rather strong.

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

@mwr5053 @pcwhite2 @TeamCropDusters 

LMAO.  I am a Giants and Bonds guy.  He never tested positive for anything (ok, so he didn't get caught). 

Bonds didn't need the 'roids to be a HOFer, he was just a maniac in pushing himself to be the best.  I'm afraid A-Rod did need the 'roids to be the player he was.

mwr5053
mwr5053

@QuikMix @Korzagg It's next to impossible to keep the testing up to date with the type of PED and/or how it's administered. They'll keep trying but it's likely that the cheating will continue, especially as they learn more about masking agents, etc. The key will be honest players not putting up with their fellow union brethren who choose to use PEDs.