An interesting twist in the on-going Alex Rodriguez when will he be suspended and for how long saga. According to reports tonight, if Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal his suspension in the Biogenesis scandal, commissioner Bud Selig could use Article XI section A1B. What is that you ask?
Well, it means you are banned from MLB for good. No hearing, no arbitration, no nothing. In order for Selig to do this he would have to have incredibly damning evidence that Rodriguez took steroids, lied about it, and helped lead other players down the same path. It would also have extreme repercussions on the current CBA and future negotiations with the player’s association. For a sport that hasn’t had a work stoppage since 1994 and a sport with probably the best relationship between its owners and players, does Selig really want to go down that road?
If Rodriguez is facing this, could he take the deal that’s been rumored about which would see him suspended the rest of this year and next and still be able to make $60 million from 2015-2017. He would probably be pretty smart to do it, however, he’s 38 years old with two surgically repaired hips. How productive/able would he even be able to be by then?
It seems like we are coming to a head with the investigation and the suspensions. It’ll be good for the game and for the Yankees once this is over.
We know one thing though. With Rodriguez, it won’t be over until he cant figure out a way to stop fighting.