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Selig would invoke 'integrity of the game' on A-Rod

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07:16 AM ET 07.30 | At the very least, this latest round appears to pit the two parties on a collision course. If Alex Rodriguez is intent on appealing his looming suspension in an effort to stay on the field and protect his contract, commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to throw the book at the steroid-stained Yankee by invoking one of his office's most extreme privileges -- the right to take action against a player to preserve the integrity of the game, the Daily News has learned. ... [By invoking that rarely used power,] Selig would attempt to effectively keep Rodriguez from ever returning to the field by bypassing the grievance procedure outlined in the joint drug program MLB operates in conjunction with the Players' Association, sources told The News.

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July 30, 2013  07:49 AM ET

The steroid stained yankee.

July 30, 2013  08:18 AM ET

I wonder if MLB threatened Braun with this. It would explain why he quickly switched from "I'm going to fight, I'm innocent, blah, blah, lies, blah" to "sorry, I've made some mistakes."

Given the shyster nature with which Braun handled his first failed test, I wouldn't be surprised if he also rolled on fellow dopers to lessen his punishment.

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July 30, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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I hope Arod doesn't take the deal and fights it. If he takes it, the Yankees will still have to pay him 60 million from 2015 to 2017. If he fights it, he'll get banned for life, and that whole **** deal is gone, but more importantly - HE'S gone. Forever.

I hope he gets off a technicality and collects the remaining ninety some million of his contract while splitting time between DL stints and rehab assignments at Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Of course, a few games in the Majors, where he goes 0-4 with a couple GDPs and Ks would be icing on the cake, but I don't want to get too greedy.

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July 30, 2013  08:40 AM ET

You can't make this stuff up! ARoid vs Selig, who is proxy for the Yankees.
The attorneys for all parties are drooling!

July 30, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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I hope Arod shows up at your doorstep with proof that he's a blood relative of your in-laws, and crashes on your couch for about eight months complaining about how your house smells like salmon and wet fur.

That's ridiculous. My in-laws are Jews, not Mexicans.

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July 30, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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****

*******

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July 30, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Too late Mr. Selig as the record books and Hall of Fame are tainted and there is no way they will ever be relevant again. Did anyone notice the lack of buzz at the Hall of Fame ceremonies last weekend, as they had one of the smallest crowds in years? Thats because nobody knows what to do with voting on the steroid era, so now everyone is lumped in this years ballot as a roid user.

I kind of waved the white flag at steroids in sports as we have to deal with that the players/chemists will always be one step ahead of the testing, and that will leave a doubt in my mind on EVERY player who doesn't something great. I look Adrian Peterson last year, and how everyone marvelled at how quick he came back from an ACL tear to run for 2,000, and the first thing that came to mind: HGH.

It is what it is but in baseball a mythology was destroyed by the steroid era. I used to enjoy following Homerun leaders every summer in hopes that somebody would break that magic 61 Homeruns. I used to look forward to the Hall of Fame but do I really want to see Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire or Roger Clemens up on that podium? Do I really want to see some oldtimers game 20 years from now as they trot out stars from this era who all juiced like ARod and Braun who we all know have phony numbers?

Baseball lived and died by its record book, and sadly it will never be the same.

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July 30, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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You can't make this stuff up! ARoid vs Selig, who is proxy for the Yankees.The attorneys for all parties are drooling!

Braun got one sweet deal. I think Bud is still very Brewer freindly.

Arod is different to Selig for this reason-he is something like 13 home runs shy of tying Willie Mays and then there are others. That would make for very bad press for the game for the next few years. Very bad. It would make a dirty game look openly dirty to the public. That is why Selig wants Arod out of there. It makes him look bad too after declaring the game is the "cleanest it has ever been."

July 30, 2013  09:42 AM ET

A-BUTT is bad for the game and should be ban for life. It's about time get rid of these bad apples because they are bad for the game.

July 30, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Too late Mr. Selig as the record books and Hall of Fame are tainted and there is no way they will ever be relevant again. Did anyone notice the lack of buzz at the Hall of Fame ceremonies last weekend, as they had one of the smallest crowds in years? Thats because nobody knows what to do with voting on the steroid era, so now everyone is lumped in this years ballot as a roid user.I kind of waved the white flag at steroids in sports as we have to deal with that the players/chemists will always be one step ahead of the testing, and that will leave a doubt in my mind on EVERY player who doesn't something great. I look Adrian Peterson last year, and how everyone marvelled at how quick he came back from an ACL tear to run for 2,000, and the first thing that came to mind: HGH. It is what it is but in baseball a mythology was destroyed by the steroid era. I used to enjoy following Homerun leaders every summer in hopes that somebody would break that magic 61 Homeruns. I used to look forward to the Hall of Fame but do I really want to see Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire or Roger Clemens up on that podium? Do I really want to see some oldtimers game 20 years from now as they trot out stars from this era who all juiced like ARod and Braun who we all know have phony numbers?Baseball lived and died by its record book, and sadly it will never be the same.

All true. And as you write this players like Pudge are having their numbers retired and put in a teams HOF. And on and on and on.

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July 30, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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A-BUTT is bad for the game and should be ban for life. It's about time get rid of these bad apples because they are bad for the game.

Agree, but note again: Not ONE of these players was caught through the MLB drug testing program. Not one. so how many others are there?

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