BREAKING: Arbitrator reduces Alex Rodriguez suspension

  • David Whitlock

Despite New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez’s claims that Major League Baseball “had nothing” and that his legal team “crushed it,” case arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled that the league and Bud Selig were within their rights to suspend Alex Rodriguez, but reduced that suspension to 162 games.  The suspension is a result of the Biogenesis Clinic case investigation found that he had received Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) along with 11 other players.  The suspension was longer than others (50 games) because of significantly more evidence in Rodriguez case.  Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted just after the news broke:

Confirmed by the official MLB Twitter Feed:

Because of the reduced suspension, the Rodriguez camp may not seek an injunction and/or pursuit in Federal Court to further delay the implementation of the verdict (i.e. let him keep playing).  There had also been a chance that Rodriguez would seek a reduced penalty for not further delaying the verdict, however I don’t think he could get much lower than 162 and I don’t see that as very enticing for MLB, they were looking for more.  According to ESPN, Rodriguez appears to want to keep fighting:

ESPN reports Rodriguez’s full statement here and the MLB Players Association strongly disagrees with the ruling (via MLB.com).

Either way, it appears Rodriguez is running out of legal maneuvers, and will likely be suspended for the 2014 season (including playoffs), with eligibility just before his 40th birthday on Opening Day in 2015.  Rodriguez continues his assault on the MLB home run record book sitting at 654 career, but with only 41 HR hit after his 35th birthday, he seems to be running out of juice (pun intended).

Alex Rodriguez storms out of an appeals hearing (Credit: Christian Red/New York Daily News)

Alex Rodriguez lawyers didn’t “crush it” enough to avoid a lengthy suspension
(Credit: Christian Red/New York Daily News)

This decision frees up some cash (about $27M for 2014) for the New York Yankees to further pursue Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka, who is meeting with half the teams in baseball to sign and play this next 2014 season.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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