Posted January 16, 2014

A-Rod: Season-long suspension ‘could be a big favor’

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A-Rod said he hopes to end his career in New York as a Yankee. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

A-Rod said he hopes to end his career as a Yankee. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Speaking publicly on Wednesday for the first time since his season-long suspension was announced by Major League Baseball, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said the ban for all of 2014, which includes the postseason, “could be a big favor” for him.

Rodriguez has sued MLB and the MLB Players Association as he tries to overturn the suspension after an arbitrator ruled against him. The arbitrator’s full ruling was released earlier this week and contains the details of Rodriguez’s alleged doping regimen.

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Rodriguez, who made the comments on Wednesday in Spanish during an appearance in Mexico, said he’s looking at the punishment as a blessing in disguise because he hasn’t had a “timeout” in his 20 years of playing professional baseball, so the suspension will give him an opportunity to “rest for the future.

From Matt Snyder of CBS Sports:

“I think that the year 2014 could be a big favor that [Major League Baseball has] done for me because I’ve been playing for 20 years without a timeout. I think 2014 is a good year to rest mentally and physically and prepare for the future and begin a new chapter in my life.”

The 38-year-old three-time AL MVP, who is still owed more than $50 million on the three years remaining on his contract with New York, said he’s received support not just from his own teammates and members of the Yankees organization, but also from “players from other teams, retired players, Hall of Fame players and lots of good people, owners of other teams,” according to Josh Egerman of the New York Post. 

He added during the media session on Wednesday that he hopes to end his career in New York with the Yankees.

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11 comments
championbc
championbc

 I noticed he didn't mention any support from fans in his statement.  Does he even have one?

sbp
sbp

This is in a nutshell why A-Rod is unpopular. He seems to always manage to do and say the wrong thing, but he thinks he's being clever.   Does he REALLY think anyone believes his being suspended for a year is a blessing in disguise?  It comes across as completely PHONY.


He's like the anti-Jeter.  I hear if the two shake hands, the universe disappears.

otl1
otl1

reat...now does everyone else a favor and just go away! A-Rod used to be good, used to be fun to watch..now he is just like a cartoon character from one of those dumbass adult swim shows...

mnelson38
mnelson38

This guy just won't shut that pie hole of his and just needs to blow away like dust in the wind. He is a legend in his own mind and would do us all a favor if he would just go away. I'm not a Yankees fan but feel they would do better without all this controversy hanging over them. I also think that if you get caught you should be gone for life. Pete Rose is for nothing to do with playing the game and these guys cheated almost if not everyday.

ChiefG
ChiefG

A big favor would be to quit talking about A-Rod.

There has to be more important news to talk about

KentaMaeda
KentaMaeda

The last six years (2008-13) Alex on average played 110 games per season, which means that he misses on average more than 50 games per season. Is that not enough rest?

tonywieman@gmail.com
tonywieman@gmail.com

Really curious about how many active and retired players are actually supporting this man who lives on Fantasy Island????????

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

In other words, "I surrender."

Finally.

"He added during the media session on Wednesday that he hopes to end his career in New York with the Yankees."  -- I think that train has already left the station.



zoe10850
zoe10850

@mnelson38 Pete Rose gambled on games he played in. Inexcusable. A-Rod was NEVER caught.using anything illegal. Suspension based solely on testimony of a person who was trying to save himself from conviction. I am not saying I believe A-Rod, but he would never have been "convicted" in a courtroom.

dirtdawg1964
dirtdawg1964

Geez, there is that small matter of A-roid admitting to steroid use. So who cares if he didn't fail a test? Same excuse Armstrong trotted out. The guy used. He admitted it. And then he allegedly used again with enough evidence, as supported by the process baseball uses (as agreed to by the union itself), to find him guilty. Would a court convict him? Who cares? This isn't about what can be established as court-worthy evidence.

By the way, suspension wasn't apparently just from testimony - reports have indicated they had emails, texts and other evidence to more than prove A-roid was using and that he attempted to cover it up.