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A-Rod missed a chance at 50 games

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07:32 AM ET 01.14 | Another swing and a miss for Alex Rodriguez? The best deal that [Rodriguez] might have made with Major League Baseball would have happened last spring, before Tony Bosch came in from the cold and agreed to be a witness for Major League Baseball. There were talks about a negotiated plea bargain then, deals put on the table. If Rodriguez had agreed to something last spring, before MLB investigators had all the Biogenesis details from Bosch, Rodriguez might've been able to barter for a suspension for something close to 50 games, or what a first-time offender gets for a first positive PED test. If he had taken responsibility then, owned up and made his best possible deal, then A-Rod probably would've been back on the field late in the 2013 season, with the whole matter behind him.

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January 14, 2014  07:37 AM ET

648 games would have been nice.........

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January 14, 2014  08:07 AM ET

When The Dust Settles and Fog Disappears, Arod will probably be a Quarter of a Billion Richer!!!!

January 14, 2014  08:22 AM ET

Should have banned him for life

January 14, 2014  08:32 AM ET

Kind of hard to see the difference between Ryan Braun and ARoid. Braun had a guy fired from his job under false pretenses and lied about his Roid usage as well. I say ban them both from baseball period. I find it kind of hard to believe that the NYY organization is not pushing MLB for as long of a suspension as possible as well - salary to use elsewhere. Plus, no hit under the luxury tax? ARoids salary should still count towards the salary cap.

I don't find it hard to believe that ARoid and his lawyers can win the case in court under some technicality. May not get to play, but will get a very nice settlement and pay his lawyer fees.

January 14, 2014  08:37 AM ET

This POS should have been banned for life. He should be sharing bunk space wit Aaron Hernandez, where they can take turns playing "Who's the Daddy".....

January 14, 2014  08:43 AM ET

I think that in our country we over analyze everything to the point of complete lunacy. ARod has used steroids for a long time, possibly his whole career. He made a lot of money by utilizing those steroids. Much like Bonds and Clemens, he tried to become bigger than the game. He refused to exercise a shred of humility. And now the "chickens are coming home to roost".

I don't see how MLB has any blood on their hands for this. They enacted a very tough PED testing system. And the fact is that the science is still miles ahead of the testing. That is why there is language in the agreement that states that they can obtain evidence outside of the testing. Which is exactly what they did.

Not only was Arod prominently featured in the Biogenesis records, he tried to obstruct the process of gathering the evidence.

At any moment in this process, Arod could have saved face and simply admitted to his mistakes. Boom. Done. He would have received a suspension and could have begun working on rebuilding his image. INSTEAD, he decided to try to destroy the whole system.

He is, as one of my favorite comedians would say, a DUM DUM.

I just find it funny that in this age of non stop media, they actually are suggesting MLB targeted Arod. OF COURSE THEY TARGETED AROD!!!! They knew they had the evidence to finally suspend the guy. That is what they are supposed to do. That is the point of trying to eliminate steroids.

January 14, 2014  08:59 AM ET

The only difference between Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong is that, by the time his ego lets him admit to anything, Oprah will be retired.

January 14, 2014  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The only difference between Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong is that, by the time his ego lets him admit to anything, Oprah will be retired.

Braun is worse than Rodriguez. Armstrong is worse than both of them combined.

January 14, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This POS should have been banned for life. He should be sharing bunk space wit Aaron Hernandez, where they can take turns playing "Who's the Daddy".....

Your comparing a murderer to a PED user?

January 14, 2014  09:37 AM ET

MLB does and rightly should have blood on their hands as well. MLB realized a couple decades ago that baseball was a hurting product. The owners AND the commissioner not only knew about steroid use, it was accepted and probably more. In an interview, one former player actually told of different types of steroid being held in bowls openly in the Texas clubhouse at one point. And lets not be naive, MLB made BILLIONS of dollars of players like Sosa, Rodriguez, Palmeiro and McGwire. If it wasn't for the roided out McGwire and Sosa in 1998, where would baseball be today??
I agree that A-Rod should be banned for life. Braun should have been banned for longer. MLB is doing a good job now of trying to eliminate steroids from the sport. Although, any records should be accepted just like MLB accepted steroids into the sport. And I believe that MLB should admit to their part in the steroid era as well. If they want the players to be true, MLB should hold themselves to the same standard.

January 14, 2014  09:38 AM ET

MLB does and rightly should have blood on their hands as well. MLB realized a couple decades ago that baseball was a hurting product. The owners AND the commissioner not only knew about steroid use, it was accepted and probably more. In an interview, one former player actually told of different types of steroid being held in bowls openly in the Texas clubhouse at one point. And lets not be naive, MLB made BILLIONS of dollars of players like Sosa, Rodriguez, Palmeiro and McGwire. If it wasn't for the roided out McGwire and Sosa in 1998, where would baseball be today??
I agree that A-Rod should be banned for life. Braun should have been banned for longer. MLB is doing a good job now of trying to eliminate steroids from the sport. Although, any records should be accepted just like MLB accepted steroids into the sport. And I believe that MLB should admit to their part in the steroid era as well. If they want the players to be true, MLB should hold themselves to the same standard.

January 14, 2014  09:56 AM ET

There, everyone can celebrate, the game is all clean now.

January 14, 2014  09:57 AM ET

Let's shovel some more dirt on to an already dirty situation. What I want to know is WHO offered the 50 game suspension, and what "deals were put on the table"? There are a whole lot of "mights" and "ifs" in this article.

January 14, 2014  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Your comparing a murderer to a PED user?

Oops You're

January 14, 2014  10:12 AM ET

And he seemed like such a nice kid when he came up with Seattle. The sad part is that he probably had enough natural talent to still be an impact player. Maybe not 600 homers but how many shortstops do that? Could have been "The Natural." Now he's just Roid Hobbs.

January 14, 2014  10:15 AM ET

Although he has $$ to burn, ARod is paying these lawyers for nothing. It is inconceivable that a court would overturn the arbitration decision. He is done except for the indignity of showing up for Spring training 2015 to go through the motions in order to collect his salary. He has sued the union and MLB. He has alienated just about everyone who follows baseball. Oh yeah, he also will suck even worse a year from now if he ever makes it onto a MLB field again.

January 14, 2014  10:51 AM ET

His million-dollar ego got the best of him. He was too good to admit he did wrong, apologize, serve his time and rebuild his image. He just can't let it go and admit his wrongdoing. He's just like everyone else ??? people are out to get him, he was set up, I didn't know what I was taking, all that same crap. He's wasting his time and money on lawyers, so why can't he just do his time, play in Japan or in an independent league for a year to keep his game sharp and quit being such a brat?

January 14, 2014  11:01 AM ET

He shoulda gotten life!

 
January 14, 2014  11:04 AM ET

MLB has little to be happy about, they proved that a player was doping on a daily basis, and passed every single one of the drug teats.

Luckily, he was the only one.

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