go to MSN.com
Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/20/14

There was a time where it didn’t matter what a guy did in terms of breaking the rules in baseball, you didn’t give your opinion. The union was the voice for the player in question. That’s no longer the case, as many Major League Baseball players continue to speak out against those that allegedly used performance-enhancing drugs which came from the Miami-based clinic called Biogenesis. Specifically, Alex Rodriguez. Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria is not the least bit pleased that A-Rod is getting an opportunity to continue playing as the appeals process goes on, and said so very publicly in a podcast with Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina: I don’t think it’s fair for the other teams, because I’m in the American League East. Whether he is 100 percent or not, whether his mind is where it needs to be or not, he can affect the game in a positive way. He can affect the game in a tremendous way, which is being in the lineup. In a pennant race, he’s a guy you don’t want in the lineup. Looking at it from that perspective and that perspective only, I don’t think it’s fair that we can’t have an arbitrator [...]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
22 Comments:
  • OK Let him play. Now if he is found guilty any money or games won by him are negated. If your guilty and you appeal and get to play no money no stats till proven innocent
  • NOT FAIR ?!?!?!

    The MLBPA...THE PLAYER'S ASSOCIATION FOUGHT against any kind of drug testing for Decades.

    BLAME YOURSELVES and the MLBPA...this is YOUR fault because you WANTED to protect those doing drugs/PEDs
  • Why should he get away with it...he should not be playing or earning money...he needs to realize he is not above the rules. Many other people are being held accountable for similar actions.
  • he should have been given the same punishment as everyone else so keep fighting if he was given the same punishment there would be no need to fight in the end that will probably be what he gets anyway
  • Zero tolerance for all players in all sports that are caught using PHD's. Don't go to the games that they play in and management will respond accordingly. ZERO TOLERANCE!!!!!!!!! RAYMOND
  • The Yankees have been a 1st class team forever we don't need
    people of dubious character playing this game.
  • rodriguez is entitled to due process.... so he should be able to play until that process has been completed....
  • He is not appealing his guilt or innocence, he is appealing the length of his suspension, what does due process have to do with that?
  • Longoria should concentrate on Baseball ARod can't hit anymore, needs pinch hitters in playoff games, and sits on the bench more than plays. That is punishment enough.
  • I agree, He should not be able to play !!!! And it should not take that long for appeal !!!
  • Longoria, should get over himself, do your job don't worry about anyone else, hey have you been tested?
  • Longoria is probably cheating to he just has not been caught yet
  • everybody should give it a rest. this could be you or you. I am glad your not in afganistan, you woul not back up your buddies
  • Personally, I think AFraud probably juiced. I think all juicers are unworthy of the uniform and should receive lifetime bans. That said, there's a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, same as in our courts, so we have to let the system do its job - the same as we'd want for ourselves. Anyone guilty of using PEDs should lose all awards received during his career and be ineligible for the HOF. You can't overturn games won because that would unfairly penalize the other members of the team.
  • worse than longoria crying are some of the people on ESPN and radio stations saying how the athletes involved should never be allowed into the hall of fame and so on. being a Red Sox fan 1 particular sportscaster sticks out, Dale Arnold. he talks as if he is far and above a better person than most and says the roid athletes are cheaters. coming from a so called sports writer that sounds disingenuous. these writers and sportscasters make their living off of knowledge of sports and their players. to try to make it sound as if he is shocked that so many players are or were doing roids is ridiculous. he nad many other writers must have been living on Fantasy Island or with Alice in Wonderland to not have some idea of the amount of roids in pro sports. bodybuilders were doing it in the 60's, and football players we know were using in the 70's. so to act like it is a shock in 2000 and up that baseball is dirty is funny at best. more accurate is probably they just did not want to sully the name of the game they looked up to.
  • If you don't think A-Rod should be playing, complain to your players union - they filed the appeal that the Roid wanted filed.
  • It is in the collective bargaining agreement, so it must be followed. I would recommend that MLB seek an amendment to the contract: A player may not play pending an appeal, if the appeal results in the player being found "not guilty" of the alleged infraction, the team may pay the player. If the punishment is reduced upon appeal, the time the player has already been suspended will count towards the punishment.

    This would reflect a policy similar to the Criminal Justice system. (if enough players feel as Longoria does, the player's association will accept the change; if Longoria is in the minority, then the rule will not change.
  • A-Rod should get his appeal. The rules determined by collective bargaining allow A-Rod to play. Longoria should focus on the game or become a commentator.
  • The baseball union is the most corrupt and powerful union in the US. They keep baseball as a haven for juicers and screw the honest players
  • Maybe Longoria hasnt watched A-Rod in awhile. Trust me, he does not give our team any advantage hahaha.
  • Take a bow and get the fuc* out you cheating looser.
    You are the only one that did not accept the punishment and they knew it.
    You can't even be honest with your self and your fans.
    Respect the intelligence of your fans, (which aren't too many),
    Be a man A-Rod.
    Not like the MLB owners and Execs. Pure greedy scumbag pieces of dog sh*t.
  • I agree with him 100%
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jim Harbaugh looking to flip No. 1 quarterback recruit

Colts' suspension of Richardson voids $3.1 million

Five players replacing the biggest names in Pac-12 for 2015

Report: Broncos hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

LeBron James misses Cavs-Blazers game due to wrist injury

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Iceman: Thompson’s 37-point quarter doesn't break his record

Mayweather visited Pacquiao’s hotel room for private meeting

Seahawks GM: Russell Wilson's contract 'presents challenges'

JR Smith: Lack of partying in Cleveland is better than NY

Tom Brady admits he has a cold

Paul Pierce: Computers to blame for lack of NBA trash talk

Phil Jackson's old Knicks teams used to deflate balls

David Blatt: There should be more LeBron MVP talk

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting son during SB week

WATCH: Marshawn, Gronk play Mortal Kombat with Conan

Armstrong: I’d use PEDs again under same circumstances

Top five free agent quarterbacks

Report: NFL investigators to consult physicist on Deflategate

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Best prop bets about the Super Bowl broadcast

Ten worst teams to ever play in a Super Bowl

Marshawn's new stiff arm to media: You know why I'm here

Six MLB teams going all-in on 2015

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jim Harbaugh looking to flip No. 1 quarterback recruit

Five-star quarterback Jacob Eason is rated as the class of 2016′s top pro style quarterback, and the college football’s biggest name new coach is going to try and flip him. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh took a trip out to Washington to meet with Eason, who committed to Georgia back in July.  I’d like to thank @CoachSchottyUGA @CoachJim4UM & @CoachJeddFisch for coming...
Via College Spun
13 hours ago

Colts' suspension of Richardson voids $3.1 million

The tale of Trent Richardson gets stranger by the day. No, I’m not talking about him getting traded or his continual disappointment between the lines on an NFL field. I’m talking about his very standing in the league and with his current team, the Indianapolis Colts. Trent Richardson missed the Colts’ final two playoff games and all indications were that it was for “personal...
Via Waiting For Next Year
14 hours ago

Five players replacing the biggest names in Pac-12 for 2015

Attrition and finding replacements are a key part of any college football offseason. A coaching staff may find answers through the junior college...
Via Athlon Sports
14 hours ago

Report: Broncos hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

New Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak has reportedly pulled off quite the hire. According to ESPN insider Ed Werder, the team has hired former NFL head coach Wade Phillips to be its new defensive coordinator.  If the Broncos were going for experience, they succeeded big time here. A coach in the NFL since 1976, Phillips has been a defensive coordinator for the New Orleans...
Via Sportsnaut
4 hours ago

LeBron James misses Cavs-Blazers game due to wrist injury

The Cleveland Cavaliers are riding high, owners of a seven-game winning streak, but to continue it, they’ll need to do so without LeBron James. The Cavaliers announced just before Wednesday night’s tipoff that James would miss his career-high 10th game of the season with a sore right wrist. He is also likely to miss an 11th game on Friday against Sacramento. LeBron James out...
Via Waiting For Next Year
5 hours ago

Iceman: Thompson’s 37-point quarter doesn't break his record

In case you missed it, Klay Thompson set the NBA record for most points scored in a single quarter after putting up 37 points in the third quarter of Friday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Thompson broke the previous record of 33 points, accomplished by George Gervin and Carmelo Anthony in 1978 and 2008, Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
6 hours ago

Mayweather visited Pacquiao’s hotel room for private meeting

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao appear to be serious about finally fighting. The two boxers met at halftime of the Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game on Tuesday by chance (video here); Mayweather attends Heat games regularly, and Pacquiao happened to be in town because he judged a beauty pageant over the weekend. Pac-Man’s flight plans...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 hours ago

Seahawks GM: Russell Wilson's contract 'presents challenges'

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider is among the best in the business. Working with head coach Pete Carroll, the two have built a team that’s on the brink of a dynasty. This doesn’t mean that Schneider’s job is easy by any stretch of the imagination. That promises to come to the forefront as the team negotiates what will be huge contract for star quarterback Russell...
Via Sportsnaut
9 hours ago

JR Smith: Lack of partying in Cleveland is better than NY

JR Smith has had a bigger role in 11 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers than he had with the New York Knicks. While he’s still shooting just 40 percent from the field since the trade, Smith is averaging 14.3 points and 32.7 minutes per game with the Cavs. Is that because he cut back on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 hours ago

Tom Brady admits he has a cold

Yes. New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s cold is the talk of the day on social media. BREAKING: Tom Brady has a cold. — Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) January 28, 2015   Tom Brady says he is battling a cold. His kids and wife were sick and he brought it to Phoenix. Says he will be 100 percent for game. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 28, 2015...
Via Sportsnaut
12 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.