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You Haven’t Heard the Last of A-Rod

But do your best to ignore the juicehead

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A-Rod is going nowhere.

Sure, barring some kind of surprise reversal from his threatened federal lawsuit, Alex Rodriguez won’t be on the field this season. On Saturday, arbitrator Frederic Horowitz reduced MLB’s 211-game suspension of Rodriguez for his performance-enhancing drug use to 162 games and the 2014 post-season – as if the Yankees, if they made the playoffs, would be itching to welcome A-Rod to the clubhouse. It’s still the longest penalty ever handed down to a baseball drug cheat, and a win for Major League Baseball, which didn’t want him playing this season. (Rodriguez has denied using performance-enhancing drugs connected to the Biogensis clinic, which supplied them to other major leaguers, including disgraced former National League MVP Ryan Braun).

But Rodriguez hasn’t hired all those pricey lawyers to sit on the sideline. “I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that the players’ contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently used to unjustly punish me.”

A federal suit would unseal Horowitz’s explanation for his ruling; if the public gets a good look at all the damning evidence, A-Rod’s reputation may take a further hit, if that’s even possible. Expect the requisite media blitz, in which the third baseman continues to rail against his arch-nemesis, MLB commish Bud Selig. A-Rod might shout all season: what media outlet wouldn’t give him the platform to make his tired case? A-Rod feels Selig has singled him out for rogue prosecution, to secure his legacy as “the man who fought the good steroid fight.”

There’s some truth to A-Rod’s “why me?” protestations. All these egos are juiced. But the blame-game doesn’t matter for baseball fans. Rodriguez will pester the 2014 baseball season, like a fly buzzing above the barbecue. Do your best to ignore him.


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Rodriguez received such a lengthy suspension not just because of the doping, but because he was engaged in evidence tampering and obstruction of the investigation. That's good enough reason for me. Rodriguez doesn't claim that the PED claims are false. Even if he did claim that, why should anyone believe him? He is already an admitted doper. (In case a few people have been living under a rock, he gave a televised interview a couple years ago where he admitted to doping for a couple years. He had no choice but to admit to the doping, since there was a lot of evidence that indicated that he had doped.)

I guess Rodriguez can claim it was a "loosey, goosey era." (Note: That's what he said when admitting to his previous doping period. He seemed to blame the general attitude of the era, a "loosey, goosey" one, for contributing to his decision to dope back then. Loosey, goosey.)

I think people should stop using the "A-Rod" nickname. Nicknames for pro athletes are generally used as terms of endearment and respect. Rodriguez deserves no such respect, so I won't call him by his nickname. However, I am not opposed to using the nickname of "A-Roid". If the shoe fits...


I agree that there is something wrong with Mr Horowitz' decision - it's not long enough.  This ban should have been ,officially, a lifetime one.  As it is, that sniveling whimpering, whining man-child may think that he can still play after a full season off the field, but at his age, with his medical history, this may as well have been just that, with one exception.  A lifetime ban would also leave this idiot outside of Cooperstown forever.  

Then again, what voter in the right mind will cast a ballot for him with his history of cheating, of breaking the rules of MLB..


"There’s some truth to A-Rod’s “why me?” protestations. All these egos are juiced..."

Wow, no steroid pun intended...

A-Rod should have been permanently sacked from the Major Leagues, and was lucky to get only a one-season suspension.  His crybaby reaction is the epitome of immaturity, and the juiced-up man-child is only digging himself deeper with each protestation.


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