Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is reported to be preparing to ban Alex Rodrigues. However, this can be just a treat aimed to force the New York Yankees’ third baseman to the bargaining table.
According to some sources familiar with the matter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports unveiled on Wednesday that the major commissioner got prepared to hit the 38-year-old with a lifetime suspension and to suspend eight other players on either Thursday or Friday.
“I hope he does it,” former Commissioner Fay Vincent told reporters. “It’s right for baseball. The harder he comes down, the better it is for baseball.”
Rodriguez’s attorney, David Cornwell, said to the media that his client will appeal any suspension, regardless of the severity.
The other players are expected to be banned for 50 games, and most are predicted to obey the order without any talks and appeals.
A-Rod could avoid a lifetime exclusion in case he were ready to accept a long-time suspension without appeal, some sport publications subsequently reported.
As The Huffington Post writes, MLB arbitrator Fredric Horowitz could also potentially shorten any lifetime ban pushed forward against Rodriguez and that it even remained unclear whether the main commissioner would actually issue such a historic punishment.
Rodriguez’s suspention would become highly discussed topiс in the mass media that would probably insist the three-time AL MVP was among the players who would be suspended by MLB because of connections to anti-aging clinic Biogenesis.
The shuttered clinic in Miami and its owner, Anthony Bosch, was in the very center of MLB’s scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs.
At the beginning of the year, a few documents leaked online purportedly chronicling the use of performance-enhancing drugs by several important MLB players, including Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had become the first player disciplined by MLB following its investigation into the clinic and Bosch.
“We’re still involved in the process of preparing for an eventual appeal in this matter,” Rodriguez’s attorney said Monday on ESPN New York Radio.
“My understanding is that the next step that is going to be taken is that the players’ association and baseball will meet to discuss the investigation and baseball’s focus on particular players. So we’ll see how that process plays out. But at this point my understanding or my expectation is that we’re going to be working through the process towards an appeal.”
Amid the quickly spreading rumors about his ban and his unfovaurable future prospects, Rodriguez is scheduled to take part in a simulated game on Thursday as he continues to work his way back to the Bronx following hip surgery in January.
The 38-year-old is also set to play for the Yankees later in this year but he could join the team as early as this weekend if he is not suspended, according to MLB.com.
“We have a schedule, but also we’re going to be checking the weather and all that stuff, too,” a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. “I’m not going to say where it is at this stage yet. I’ll just take it one day at a time.”