Posted January 14, 2014

Despite suspension, Alex Rodriguez planning to attend spring training

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Alex Rodriguez (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez hit seven home runs in 44 games last season. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez is suspended for all of the 2014 regular season, and the postseason should the Yankees make it. But there is a loophole in the ruling that allows him to participate in spring training.

And Rodriguez plans to attend, his spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, told ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews.

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Rodriguez’s lawyers argued that, if Rodriguez is able to receive an injunction, he would be able to play and should be allowed to prepare for the season as he normally would.

But the Yankees could tell Rodriguez, who’ll turn 39 in July, not to join them in Tampa. He wasn’t with the team while rehabbing from hip surgery last spring, according to Matthews.

The Yankees’ full squad is scheduled to report on Feb. 19.

Rodriguez, who has 654 career home runs, hit .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 44 games last season.

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35 comments
joecov
joecov

No way he is allowed by the Yankees to attend. The circus would be intolerable. And, what purpose would it serve? He is not playing, there is bad blood between he and Yanks management, and he doesn't have a lot of friends in that clubhouse, they are tired of his antics and ego. 

Jimbo
Jimbo

If the Yankees are in a sadistic mood, they should tell Alex that he has to go across the street and work out with the minor leaguers. 10 minutes later, we will all see how rapidly the Rodriguez automobile exits the premises: at about 110 miles an hour.

tonywieman@gmail.com
tonywieman@gmail.com

Spring training, Really? Just another display of me, myself and I. I think on top of everything, your a selfish, inconsiderate boy.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Funny that he & Ken Griffey Jr both were roiding like crazy in Seattle but only ARod gets blamed. JR is just as bad.

BKIsles
BKIsles

It is all about A-Fraud's legacy at this point.  He'd surely rather get $60 million not to play (poorly) than to play.  His rage is justifiable:  the league turned a blind eye to and profited from steroid use by players for decades.  Now, it's pretending to get tough by penalizing some, but not all, players who either admitted to use or happened to get caught.  Snake in the grass Greg Braun will be welcomed back with open arms.  Mark McGwire is employed by an MLB team.  The Red Sox won't be stripped of their Ramirez/Ortiz titles, and you can't help but notice how badly Pedro Martinez broke down.  


it's no defense to claim selective enforcement, but A-Rod sort of has a point.

pinealdrip
pinealdrip

Betrayed fans, players and friends of baseball everywhere await A-Roid's contrition phase which will never come because he has too much money for his narcissistic personality disorder to moderate.  The only possibly interesting thing left about A-Roid is for us to witness his mental collapse if only we would join in a collective shunning.  Quit giving him what he craves most - attention.  

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Next up they need to suspend Ortiz for roiding up all last season and especially for the post season.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

Saying and doing stuff like this really just hammers home that he's all about A-Rod and not about the team.  He knows he's not welcome in camp and yet he's planning to attend anyway.  He sounds a lot like the guy who goes to a party even though he slept with the hosts wife. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Hey arod, I'LL be going to spring training to watch the Yanks, too. So come sit by me and tel me how innocent you are

David22
David22

Well I hope he enjoys sitting on the bench for 20 games.

Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough

There's a lot of hating this guy but the fact is he probably can still play or dh. He's under contract with NYY and they owe him unless he retires or can't play due to a disability. Insurance would cover  most of the $60 mil they owe him then.


The guy never tested positive. Just like last year when he first played after returning from rehab, fans paid to see him play again. They will again in the future if he's able to play. The bigger story here for fans should be that MLB used everything they had against him... bought witness testimony, used the best lawyers money could buy and slammed him on every media stage there was. He never tested positive... so that should be a concern for fans, like me, who want to maintain the integrity for the game by having MLB install an accurate drug policy that works as intended. Guys are still going to cheat the system as long as it remains broken. That's bad for baseball. 

KevinSmith1
KevinSmith1

Just like anyone else, he's allowed to buy tickets to spring training games.

6marK6
6marK6

Rodriguez is that guy that shows up at the party, even though nobody invited him and nobody wants him there. And he knows this, but does not care, because he is an A-HOLE!

milsack
milsack

It is best for A-Rod to take the forced vacation and not make a fool of himself. The public is debating. http://po.st/tknfL7

David G
David G

What is the pay for spring training for MLB players?

KatherineSilta
KatherineSilta

Yankee fans do NOT want that lowlife piece of cr@p anywhere near the team. Just drop dead and do us all a favor Ahole.

BlowPop852
BlowPop852

A Rod never used steroids. He is the greatest player to ever play. A Rod has another good decade worth in him. Alex rules!

bcrd500
bcrd500

Alex Rodriguez does not care about Major League Baseball other than the money he gets for showing up and being adding to his career stats so that twenty years from now, the average fan will not remember he used steroids to hit 660 plus home runs. 


The New York Yankees should do what is best for baseball and ban Rodriguez from spring training and then cut him after the 2014 season. If we are lucky, teams will follow the example of Bonds and not sign him to another contract.

Dhachidan
Dhachidan

A-ROD probably needs the spring training per diem.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Hey Alex, maybe Bud Selig will come to see you in spring training. You just wait for him, okay?

sbp
sbp

A-Rod has the WORST instincts when it comes to public relations. He always manages to say and do the wrong thing.  He's like the anti-Jeter. I always worry if the two touch, the universe will cease to exist.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

Yankees also saved another $30 mil:


$30m in marketing bonuses for HR milestones from 660 HR to 763HR in 2014



samludu
samludu

Suspended A-Rod at spring training?


He'll be welcomed with open firearms.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

A-Rod is now looking for attention if he attends spring training and why would the Yankees play him

BillieBob
BillieBob

@ElvisHitler 

Actually, I think they should suspend you for roiding up to write your comments. And I have just as much proof...

Rico1
Rico1

@Enough is Enough There are too many morons out there that are just happy to be part of the A-Rod lynch mob that they don't have a clue about what you're talking about. MLB is the big culprit here. They allowed the 'steroid era" to go on and on until they realized it was being found out. Now they're trying to make others look like the bad guy. 

meandmesa
meandmesa

@BlowPop852 I can only hope you're being sarcastic otherwise I truly feel sorry for the fact that you've lived in a basement all your life and have no earthly connection to reality.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

@BlowPop852 hey blow pop in case you missed it 5 years ago at spring training he admitted to using ped's between 2001 and 2003, so your statement he hasn't used steroids is false because he's admitted to using them

Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough

@bcrd500 The Yankees can't just cut him. He has a contract with them. They can release him and pay him the $60,000,000 they owe him, or bring him in the spring training in 2015, and if he can't physically play or is disabled, they can release him, still owe him the $60 mil but insurance will pick up most of that. 

meandmesa
meandmesa

@RobertJacke Aroid has always been an attention seeking sack of crap who is willing to do anything to shine the spotlight on himself.  His view of self has no earthly connection to how the majority of people view him.  There should be a photo of Aroid next to the word Narcissist in every dictionary produced from this day forward. 

meandmesa
meandmesa

@DODGERFAIL2013 @KatherineSilta  Please.  None of the other people you named as cheaters are  walking around whining like babies and spewing sanctimonious, holier than thou b.s. that their innocent.   Rodriquez is a lying, arrogant sack of crap who belongs in a class of cheaters all by himself.