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From Jon Heyman:Alex Rodriguez, who once appeared on his way to breaking baseball's all-time home run record, is all but assured of a Biogenesis-related MLB ban being levied against him -- quite possibly more than the usual 50 games for first-time offenders -- people familiar with the case say.
Rodriguez is expected to be one of up to 15 or so players to receive suspensions by MLB when they are announced, possibly within a couple weeks. All the suspensions could be announced simultaneously.
Rodriguez declined to answer the questions of MLB investigators when they interviewed him, sources told CBSSports.com, as did perhaps most of the other players linked to the PED case. The players union believes baseball's Jenkins Rule allows players not to answer MLB investigators' questions, and players are being advised that their answers could be used against them in a possible appeals process or additional legal matter.
A-Rod, Brewers star Ryan Braun -- the other high-profile player linked to the case -- and most other players involved publicly denied they received performance-enhancing drugs from now-defunct Biogenesis or its proprietor, Tony Bosch, who became a witness for MLB in the case.
Any Biogenesis-related suspension based on so-called "non-analytic positives" (not triggered by a positive test) is subject to appeal -- though the likelihood now is that suspension announcements would be made before any appeals. Players union chief Michael Weiner told the New York Daily News, speaking generally and not necessarily about A-Rod, that appeals aren't necessarily automatic, explaining that in cases where the evidence is overwhelming the player might simply accept a suspension.
'I don't think he's going to beat the suspension back to the field,' one person connected to Rodriguez said...
...Sources who have spoken to Rodriguez say the Yankees third baseman is expecting a suspension, though he hasn't said that publicly.
MLB people declined to comment, except to say its investigators are going where the evidence takes them.
MLB appears to be readying bans which likely will be based on the drug-test failure standard:
•First offense: 50 games
•Second offense: 100 games
•Third offense: Lifetime ban
"MLB has receipts, checks, the whole nine yards," a person with ties to an investigated player said.
"He's looking at a lengthy suspension," another player-connected source said about A-Rod.I know people have been saying this was going to happen for months, and then nothing would happen, but this time I think the **** is finally about to hit the fan for A-Rod and the rest of his merry band of cheaters. And I can honestly say I don't care. If this idiot cheated again, he deserves whatever he gets, and probably should just retire and save us all the future head aches.
UPDATE: Bruan has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season.
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CBS Evening News’ Jim Axelrod reports Alex Rodriguez could be dealt a lifetime ban for using performance-enhancing drugs, citing Major League Baseball sources. From CBS New York:
“My understanding is he’s trying to make a deal,” a source told the website. “But I don’t think it’s going to happen (Monday).”
Rodriguez is the biggest remaining name linked to MLB’s Biogenesis...
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A doctor who claims he examined Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees third baseman supposedly suffered a quadriceps injury says A-Rod has no such injury.
Well, Major League Baseball is really trying to make an example out of Alex Rodriguez. Just yesterday Ryan Braun got suspended for the rest of the year which equates to 65 games. They are looking to take A-Rod's punishment to a whole new level.
According to a report from CBS, Alex Rodriguez is trying to make a deal with MLB baseball and if he doesn't make a deal, a lie...
Alex Rodriguez has reported back to the New York Yankees' minor league complex, three days after he was diagnosed with a strained left quadriceps on the final day of his injury rehabilitation assignment.
Rodriguez, under investigation by Major League Baseball for his reported ties to a clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs, did not speak with reporters...
It is an all-out war of words in the Bronx between Alex Rodriguez, who wants to be playing in the Bigs this weekend, and the Yankees, who claim he is still injured.
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It has to say something about an athlete, or maybe more so a sport, that even when he is not playing he remains the story.
Alex Rodriguez has not played a single major league game this season and yet he is in more headlines then anyone. Rodriguez made headlines with his conditioning program, his tweet that he was cleared, and the...
It would be a shock at this point if New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was not suspended for his alleged involvement with Tony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic. The suspension is expected to come sometime within the next few weeks, but MLB fans are still wondering how strong of a statement Bud Selig is looking to [...]
If you had to bet which would you say Alex Rodriguez stands a better chance of doing?
Returning to form as a healthy player for the New York Yankees or avoiding a monstrous suspension from baseball?
On both fronts A-Rod appears to be trailing by five runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Really the only question now is how each of his games will end.
Is Rodriguez 38...
One down. How many to go?
Brewers superstar Ryan Braun was the first victim of Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis of America clinic, as the league suspended him on Friday for the remainder of the season without pay.
Now the focus has shifted to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
The evidence against the 14-time All-Star is ”far beyond” what the...
Originally, this post was going to be kind of an open letter to MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig.
It would have been something like, "Dear MLB, please quit dragging this process out and just suspend Alex Rodriguez. Enough with the leaks to the press about suspensions to come. Enough with A-Rod coming up with more injuries to extend his stay on the disabled list. Put us all...
Well, well, well. We have yet another rather entertaining story about Alex Rodriguez. This particular tale started yesterday when the Yankees announced that a MRI revealed a Grade 1 quad strain that would put Rodriguez on the shelf for 7-10 days.But instead taking the MRI as gospel, Rodriguez decided that he wanted to get a second opinion on his injury. And he also decided to not...
Ryan Braun decided not to appeal his suspension that will keep him out of the game for the rest of the 2013 season, but when Alex Rodriguez‘s day comes, he may not take his sentence without putting up a fight.
Nick Cafardo from the Boston Globe joined Tom Caron to discuss the implications of Braun’s suspension noting that just because the Brewers’ slugger accepted his fate...
@Mets: Don't forget to stretch those quads before coming out to CitiField! Game starts at 7:10... See you there! pic.twitter.com/YpZCdWan8A
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 22, 2013
Of course, the Yankees lost Derek Jeter to a strained quad in his first game of the season after breaking his ankle last October, and they lost Alex Rodriguez to a strained quad this weekend...