Found August 15, 2013 on Behind in the Count:
Here’s a though: If Major League Baseball suspends a player–for whatever reason–and that player files an appeal, allow said player to participate in games by imposing a bail system. Yes, Alex Rodriguez‘s current disposition is my inspiration for this proposal. I do not believe that its fair that he or any other player should be allowed to play while filing an appeal–especially in cases involving drug violations. Perhaps ‘bail’ has too much of a negative connotation. Maybe it could be referred to as collateral–money paid upfront by the ‘convicted’ as a his pass to play while the appeal works its way through the system. Depending on the severity of the situation, the league should have the option to allow the player to be eligible for the collateral system much in the same way the legal system determines the amount of bail based upon the suspects presumed flight risk. We’ll use A-Rod’s case to elaborate my idea further. MLB reviews the evidence in the case and rules that Rodriguez is guilty of violating the league’s drug policy. He then faces his suspension or has the option to file an appeal, as per usual. If he chooses the suspension, end of story. But if Rodriguez elects to file an appeal, at that point he has two options–pay the determined collateral or sit out while his case works its way through the system. If Rodriguez chooses to sit out while his appeal is argued, he pays nothing. If he loses his appeal, that time he sat out will be considered time served. Should he want to continue playing while his appeal is in progress, he must pay the collateral–the amount of which will be determined by the same entity who rules on the length of suspensions. The money is then held until the case is resolved. He wins the appeal, he’ll get the money back. If he loses, the money is given to a pre-determined source (team, league, charity, etc). You can think about it this way: if a criminal goes to trial and loses his case, he doesn’t get to go back to his daily life while his appeal is in progress. He still must serve his sentence in jail or prison. The suspension system in baseball should work in a similar manner. I think this idea would appease the majority of those opposed to A-Rod being allowed to play with the New York Yankees. Perhaps it may create another deterrent for those attempting to cheat. Maybe it won’t make any difference at all. Regardless, something more has to be done. It’s not right that a player who attempted to deceive his teammates, the league and the fans be permitted to continue to play just because they refuse to accept their initial punishment. The post Make MLB Players Post Bail While Appealing Suspensions appeared first on Bohemian Baseball.
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