Yankee fans will have to face the insult of seeing A-Rod in the line-up tonight (Can you expedite that appeal please?), but we won’t see Jeter — his calf injury has landed him back on the DL.
A-Rod has been suspended through 2014. He is expected to appeal, and that process will take 2-4 weeks.
He is eligible to return for the 2015 season, when he will be almost 40 years old and have about $60 million left on his contract. At that point, I expect it will be about retiring as physically unable to play, so that he can get his money. Any games that he plays with the Yankees while his appeal is considered are most likely the last of his professional career.
Twelve other players were suspended for 50 games each, and none of them will appeal.
“And the Banned Played On”
New York Post, with photo of A-Rod
The latest on A-Rod is that he will be suspended tomorrow, probably through the 2014 season, but that he CAN play while he appeals his suspension.
So right now he’s in the lineup for tomorrow night in Chicago, and I may have to eat my blog — not quite sure how to do that — for predicting that he’d never play for the Yanks again.
Of course, we are talking A-Rod here, so until he’s in the batter’s box and a pitch is actually thrown in his direction, who the hell knows?
A-Rod says he’s flying to Chicago for the Yankees’ game Monday against the White Sox.
I think the only way he gets in to Cellular Field is if he buys a ticket.
He asked MLB for further negotiations today, and they told him to take a hike. He asked the Yankees for a meeting about his contract, and they told him the same.
It is of course fitting that A-Rod be in Chicago, home of the 1919 Black Sox, when his suspension is finally handed down.
“I think we all agree that we want to get rid of PEDs; that’s a must. All the players, we feel that way.”
A-Rod is scheduled to play Double-A games in Trenton tonight and Saturday, unless MLB shuts him down first.
Get rid of A-Rod, Eliot Spitzer, and Anthony Weiner. Just banish them as the ancient Greeks used to do.
Spitzer is refusing to deny allegations that he has a mistress. His wife has not been on the campaign trail with him at all.
MLB is set to ban A-Rod for life either tomorrow or Friday.
Supposedly the deal on the table is that A-Rod would miss the rest of this season and all of next, but could come back in 2015. MLB wants an answer by Monday.