Alex Rodriguez banned for 2014 season as arbitrator upholds most of Selig's discipline

  • Article by: RONALD BLUM , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 12, 2014 - 2:45 AM

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball's drug agreement when an arbitrator ruled the New York Yankees third baseman is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball.

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kenw1952wJan. 11, 1412:00 PM

Pete Rose banned for life for betting on games that did not involve his team. ARod cheated in every game that he played in. He should've been banned for life. Let's hope no team chooses to sign him after his suspension is up and that the HOF voters ignore him for life.

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didwiddelerJan. 11, 1412:06 PM

Let's go one better and ban all Yankees from baseball forever. I'm sick of em.

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reidJan. 11, 1412:10 PM

The arbitrator was supposed to be a final impartial decision maker. It didn't go the rich kid's way. So now he wants us taxpayers to use up valuable court time for him to continue to throw his tantrums? Bill his over stuffed account for every second of time that we have to devote to his delusional persistence in having his way. Or better yet have the judge laugh his rump off as he gavels this case being without merit.

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A440Jan. 11, 1412:24 PM

Remove his name from the books.

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editor29Jan. 11, 1412:55 PM

His skills had sharply declined before his suspension--skills that will be all but gone when he becomes eligible to play again when he's nearly 40. Bottom line: He's effectively finished as a big league ballplayer. A-Rod, St. Paul Saints on line one for you...

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minneg56Jan. 11, 14 1:05 PM

I've never been an A Rod fan. That said - MLB has never batted an eye at accepting money generated by 'enhanced' players. They were right there to collect every dime that Sosa and McGwire generated for them. These 2 saved MLB dual handedly with the great home run chase. MLB profited while knowing fully well that these 2 were 'enhancing'. MLB sold these guys out. To a certain extent -same with A-Rod. MLB was there to collect every dime they could make off him ... Maybe MLB should consider refunding all the money it made off the likes of Sosa, McGwire and A-Rod - if they think what they did was so wrong (and yes I do believe what they did was wrong) - then return the money generated by these players or donate it to charity.

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matthewJamesJan. 11, 14 1:27 PM

What did Selig have to hid and why didn't the judge order him to take the stand? Sounds like a stacked deck by the rich not wanting to honor a contract. I would like to know all the pay offs on this fiasco of a hearing.

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fwallenJan. 11, 14 1:29 PM

Is is just me or do Arbitrators almost always soften the penalties for employees, weather they are famous athletes or government workers like police and teachers who violate the public Trust

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cfgfsmJan. 11, 14 1:51 PM

AROD got a raw deal weather you like him or not. Seilg is just trying to make everyone forget his miserable performance enhancing job as commish.Our word limit space is too small to list his "achievements". Under the strict following of the wording of ARODS charges he got more than double the penalty than all others May i remind everyone he never tested positive for any drug test.Unfortunatle MJB players are noy allowed judical process in these matters just procedural procees ala by the Commish. MLB also paid 125,000 for the alleged Biogenisis files.Oy yes the files were also stolen. In no way do i think Arod is clean but in no way did he get a fair penalty compared to all the rest of the cheaters some who actual tested positive got a lesser penalty.Selig was and is one of the worst commish in the history ofbaseball is is frantically trying to save himself.

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davidbrentJan. 11, 14 3:57 PM

I think any form of cheating should be a team punishment rather than an individual suspension. Whether it's performance enhancing drugs or targeting QB's in the NFL or anything similar, if someone gets caught cheating, then they should make the whole team ineligible for postseason play for a variable number of years. That way it hits the owners' bottom line and makes everyone in the organization accountable for keeping things clean.

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