'A-Rod' Not 'A-Gone' Just Yet
August 12, 2013

Bud Selig screwed up. Again. We've been used to that over the last 15 years or so, but this was a relatively easy fix. We have to hand it to the Commissioner of Baseball that Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, and more than a half dozen players you have never heard of have been suspended, but Alex Rodriguez is still playing.

Selig is looking for the bottom of the ninth grand slam, instead of going with the pitch, and hitting a walkoff single to right. If Selig had chosen not to suspend Rodriguez for the unusual sum of 211 games, the liar, cheater, and arrogant S.O.B. would not be playing right now.

Braun reportedly took a deal to sit out the season—a total of 63 games. You may remember that he got off on a performance-enhancing drug technicality in 2011, so even the reprehensible Braun felt it was fair that he get a longer suspension. Cruz, Peralta, Cabrera, and others each got 50 games.

Rodriguez, though, is the holy grail of the post-steroid steroid era. He lied to Katie Couric on national television. When he got caught, he admitted that he used PEDs before, but only one season. Now, while appealing his 211-game suspension, he didn't deny using, he just said this wasn't the appropriate time to talk about it. That's like O.J. Simpson refusing to talk about his case at a parole hearing. A-Rod deserves a greater punishment than the other offenders not only because he lied and cheated, but because he hampered and obstructed baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis Clinic (sounds like something from Star Trek II, doesn't it?).

But 211 games would be the rest of this year, and all of next year, which would effectively end Rodriguez' career. He would be 40, and out two full seasons after hip surgery. Selig would like that, and so would many of us, but it really gave Rodriguez no choice but to appeal his suspension. Baseball rules let him play during the appeals process, and now the guy is back on the field. If Selig had given Rodriguez a suspension perhaps equal to Braun's, or a little bit longer, maybe A-Rod takes the deal. I'm reading that a decision on the appeal likely wouldn't come down until sometime this winter, giving Rodriguez a chance to be on the field, play baseball, add to some of his tainted records, and above all, make money.

I actually applaud Selig for trying to get this stain on the game off the field, but the Commissioner's decision has backfired, at least for now. Even half of the Yankee fans seemed to be booing A-Rod when he returned to Yankee Stadium last week. The sooner he is gone, the better. Hopefully the wait won't be longer than two more months.

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