A-Rod knows he’s going down, and he wants to see who else he can take with him. He’s filing a medical grievance against the Yankees with MLB and also preparing a medical malpractice suit against team doctor Chris Ahmad, both over an injury to his left hip that was surgically repaired last January. He claims the Yankees knew his hip was injured, but didn’t tell him and had him continue to play, hoping to make the injury worse so that he could never play again and the team would be done with him.
Meanwhile, Brian Cashman’s former mistress, Louise Meanwell (you can’t make this stuff up), is trying to force A-Rod’s new lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, to drop A-Rod because of an alleged conflict of interest because Tacopina’s firm has represented her. She spent time in jail for trying to extort money from Cashman and for stalking him. She also claims that Cashman was aware that some of his players used PED’s and that he gave her names.
It’s a sordid mess that promises to get much darker and dirtier before it ends.
With Anthony Weiner fading, this is a gift from the gods to the NYC tabloids.
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.
MLB is set to ban A-Rod for life either tomorrow or Friday.
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.