New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez already had a horrible weekend in his mind. He is going to lose over $20 million due to a 162-game suspension handed out by Fredric Horowitz. He had Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch reveal all of Rodriguez’s methods of using steroids in a 60 minutes interview. His lawyer, Joe Tacopina, is expected to file an appeal in federal court sometime today. Most legal experts say that the chance of Rodriguez winning an appeal are slim to none. However, could an appeal actually do more hurt to A-Rod?
In a Newsday article this past weekend, former Mets’ general manager Jim Duquette talked about how the simple process of an appeal violates the collective bargaining agreement. It is a violation of Article XI-B, which states: ‘the [arbitrator's] decision shall constitute full and final and complete disposition of the grievance.”
The appeal might not be the only thing that has Rodriguez in more hot water, but it could be his words that put him under more fire. Duquette added in an MLB Network Radio appearance that the statement A-Rod gave after the suspension was handed down could possibly add more penalties. Article XII in the CBA, which you can read in the link, says a player can be suspended for saying things that could be seen as questioning the integrity of the Commissioner (Bud Selig) or the Commissioner’s Office.
Some fans have questioned the process from the beginning and view the Rodriguez case as a witch hunt from MLB. With a suspension costing the third baseman his 2014 season, you have to wonder whether A-Rod will ever put on a Yankees’ uniform or a uniform for any other team again.
If you are looking for more analysis of the A-Rod suspension, tune in tonight at 11:00 ET as I host another edition of the YGY Show with staff writers Scott Alfano and Shawn Maguire as my guests.