Major League Baseball’s investigation into PED from a Florida-based Biogenesis, involving a number of players who allegedly received performance-enhancing drugs from the laboratory, will take another step forward, as the league has announced to expect suspensions handed out this week involving players such as Alex Rodriguez, Jhonny Peralta, Nelson Cruz and others.
This will likely set off a chain reaction of appeals by most, if not all, players involved. Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun has already accepted a 65-game suspension without pay last week for his role with PED scandal. However, Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will not accept any punishment lightly, and vows to fight any suspension, along with his lawyer. The league is looking to punish Arod, not on PED allegations alone, but under Article XII (B) of the Basic Players Agreement, which states: “Players may be disciplined for just cause for conduct that is materially detrimental or materially prejudicial to the best interests of baseball including, but not limited to, engaging in conduct in violation of federal, state or local law.” The difference is, Arod will have to serve his suspension, IMMEDIATELY, even if he files an appeal.
According to ESPN.com, the Yankees, who have been far less than happy with not only Arod’s performance and attitude, but also his inability to remain healthy, could recoup at least 75 percent of Rodriguez’s contract, which would be a huge benefit for the team. We may have seen the last of Arod in pinstripes!
SGN Chief Correspondent Anthony Andrews