There’s been an unusual quietness surrounding Alex Rodriguez and his case against MLB, the MLBPA, the Yankees, and so on. Since arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension to just a season-long 162-game ban, it seems like the third baseman has accepted his punishment and anticipates a year away from baseball.
There is the outside chance, however, that Rodriguez chooses to stir the pot once more by showing up to the Yankees’ spring training complex when the rest of the team does next week. As a suspended player, he still has the right to train with the Yankees and use their facilities. But, most people don’t want to see that happen, and you can add former Yankees ace and current YES Network broadcaster David Cone to that group.
“I would not advise (Rodriguez appearing) at this point, if I had a say in the matter,” Cone said at Tuesday night’s Thurman Munson Award dinner. “I don’t think that’s the best thing to do at this point. Judging from his last comments that he’s looking forward to a year off, maybe he thinks so, too. But it remains to be seen.”
However, Cone believes Rodriguez is not necessarily in the wrong when it comes to his plethora of lawsuits.
“I think the fact that the players association was thrown into the lawsuit was probably more of a legal maneuver by his lawyers than it was Alex trying to send a message,” Cone said. “But at the same time, the scorched-earth policy that he and his legal team have taken has really been hard to watch.”
Cone spent six years with the Yankees, winning four World Championships and throwing the third perfect game in franchise history on July 18th, 1999 against the Montreal Expos. Prior to being dealt to New York in 1995, he was a key Players Association representative that led the fight during the 1994 player’s strike.
“Guilty or innocent, he deserves due process,” Cone said. “I’m always going to be a supporter of that. At some point, hopefully he’ll get a chance to talk and we’ll find out more about what exactly happened. Until then, it’s just been an ugly brawl, and it’s been bad for baseball in my opinion.”
I think Coney said it all, as he usually does.