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

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

Roger Staubach shares thoughts on Greg Hardy

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

WATCH: Bryan Price gets ejected before game starts

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

WATCH: Harper, Matt Williams have special handshake

The Yankees are succeeding despite the numbers

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

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Daniel Cormier beat Rumble Johnson at UFC 187 on Saturday night and wasted no time calling out his next target. After choking out Johnson in the third round of their fight, Cormier grabbed the mic from interviewer Joe Rogan and hollered at Jon Jones. “I’ve got a message for one man: Jon Jones, get your...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

There is a “Free Tom Brady rally” scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Sunday in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium. The rally will “protest the unjust football arrest of half God half man Tom Brady.” Yes it has come to this. Brady fans will gather to hold a protest they claim will be peaceful. As of Saturday night, the rally had 500-plus fans committed to going. ...
Via Sportsnaut
9 hours ago

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

Josh Hamilton will be back in the bigs before long. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson reports that Hamilton will fly to Cleveland Sunday to join the Texas Rangers for their 3-game series with the Indians that begins Monday. The team will activate the slugger on Monday. “I am excited about it,” Hamilton said Saturday...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 hours ago

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

We’ve seen players catch passes with one hand. We’ve seen players catch passes while doing a backflip. We’re not sure that we’ve seen something quite like this. Four-star cornerback Marco Wilson out of American Heritage School in Fort Lauderdale is one of the top players in the class of 2017, and this short clip should show you why. #backflipcatch get right pic.twitter...
Via College Spun
18 hours ago

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Now that we have reached the quarter point of the 2015 MLB season, there are a lot of things we can take away from the action that’s already happened around the diamond. Perennial last place teams are in contention for a playoff spot, while a few pitchers have exceeded any previously set expectations. Meanwhile, a certain third baseman in Kansas City is finally living up to the...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has yet to even suit up for a NFL game, but he’s already accomplished a feat that no other quarterback in franchise history has. Mariota is currently leading the NFL in jersey sales for the month of May. You read that right. He’s ahead of the Richard Sherman’s, Peyton Manning’s and J.J. Watt’s of the world. While this would...
Via Sportsnaut
14 hours ago

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

The Orlando Magic are looking for a new head coach and it appears that they have found their top target. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Scott Skiles is the frontrunner for the job. Skiles played for the Magic five seasons from 1989-1994 and also is an accomplished coach. He has coached the Suns, Bulls and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had an excellent rookie season in 2012 that saw him pass for 3,200 yards with 27 total touchdowns compared to only five interceptions. Griffin also helped lead the Redskins to a 10-6 record and a rare playoff appearance. Since then, RGIII’s struggled are well noted. In addition to struggling with some unfortunate injuries, the...
Via Sportsnaut
16 hours ago

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs and will undergo further tests on his right ankle injury that will determine if surgery is necessary. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is first to report the news of Korver who left Friday night’s Game 2 with an ankle injury. BREAKING: Kyle Korver is OUT for the remainder...
Via Waiting For Next Year
16 hours ago

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

It’s not always bad news we get to cover around the NFL world. This story of Randy Moss and Kassi Spier is about as heartwarming as it gets. The two first met during Moss’ rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings back in 1998. Spier, then an infant, ended up battling leukemia as a four-year old in 2000. When Moss got word of the diagnosis, he visited the young girl at the Mayo...
Via Sportsnaut
17 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.