A-Rod and Others Suspended

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.

He Can Always Buy a Ticket

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.

MLB Suspensions By End of the Week

MLB will suspend A-Rod and eight other players for their connection with the Biogenesis clinic by the end of the week.

Most of the suspensions will be for 50 games, but A-Rod’s will be longer.

Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera will not be suspended because they have already been punished for their connection to the now-closed clinic.

More players were involved than these, but MLB didn’t have enough evidence to suspend them.

Questionable Quad

Believing that the Yankees don’t want him to play and just want to collect insurance on him, A-Rod got a second opinion on his quad and that doctor said he didn’t see an injury.

This is certainly not going to endear him to the Yankees — clearly it’s now all out war between A-Rod and his team and clearly it’s now all about money.

Meanwhile, everyone awaits MLB’s judgment on A-Rod and Biogenesis, and A-Rod’s response to it, whether he will settle or appeal.  We know the verdict will be harsher on him than on Ryan Braun’s 65-game suspension.

However many opinions A-Rod gets on that quad, he’s not going to be in the line-up tonight against the Rangers.  I still predict he will never be in the line-up again.