January 17, 2014

Question of the Week: Do you think the A-Rod suspension is fair and reasonable?

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

It is the longest drug suspension in MLB history.  162 games and the entire 2014 post-season.  It will cost him roughly $25 million in lost earnings and could be the final chapter in the, up until now, Hall of Fame career of Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez.  Few still question that the 3-time MVP is guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs.  MLB arbitrator Frederic Horowitz found “clear and convincing” evidence that Rodriguez used three banned substances and tried to obstruct – through bribes and destruction of evidence – the league’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic at the center of this whole doping scandal.  Even the Player’s Association has seemingly given up defending Rodriguez, recognizing the arbitrator’s decision as “final and binding.”

But the question remains whether the punishment fits the crime.  “While this length of a suspension may be unprecedented for an MLB player,” wrote Horowitz in meting out his punishment of Rodriguez, “so is the misconduct he committed.”  Rodriguez obviously has a very different view, claiming he is being made a scapegoat for an industry that has done very little to police itself or take action against a drug-run-wild mentality that has pervaded baseball for the past decade, enveloping some of the sport’s most celebrated icons – Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Sosa.  He is not alone in this thinking as Rodriguez, given his alienation from fans and players alike (not to mention his own team), represents the perfect poster-child for an MLB campaign, whether real or perceived, to clean up the sport.

So where do you stand on the issue.  Scapegoat or scoundrel?

Do you think the A-Rod suspension is fair and reasonable?
    Please let us know why in the comment section below.  


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    4 Responses to “Question of the Week: Do you think the A-Rod suspension is fair and reasonable?

    1. No. I think a suspension is in order but 162 games is too much. Seems to me the league has gone out of its way to make an example out of A-Rod to compensate for its own failure to crack down on the doping epidemic that has plagued MLB for years.

    2. I voted no because I think he should have been kicked out of the game. This is not the first time he has used PEDs. This clown repeatedly dopes and then whines that he should have a shorter punishment? If baseball wants to cut down on PED usage it has to take a stand and send a message that it will absolutely not tolerate this behavior.

    3. I think it was fair and reasonable. It sends a message. Major league baseball will not tolerate PEDs, period. Good message to send to kids out there playing the game and to up and coming rookies. Let’s not ruin the game by making everyone a non-human steroid monster.

    4. As a man who has two portraits of himself as a centaur, an unbridled self-regard, and little willingness to take responsibility for his own actions, it is hard to root for Alex Rodriguez. Particularly for a life-long Phillies fan. It is, then, with great difficulty and personal sacrifice that I take his side and say: MLB has not treated him fairly in this case. While the harsh sanction may be effective as a deterrent and help in MLB’s efforts to clean house, it is, given MLB’s past behavior, unfair.

      In 1998, MLB happily offfered wilfull blindness to two obviously doping stars, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, who revitalized the nation’s interest baseball through their succesful chase of Roger Maris’s 37 year-old home run record for a single season. Although baseball is still called “America’s Game,” it was an open secret that America preferred football, while baseball attendance and television ratings had been steadily dropping in the run up to the summer of ’98. So MLB ignored the obvious indicators that Sosa and McGwire were doping and subjected them to weak testing that the players were easily able to skirt.

      The other players in the league also knew that Sosa and McGwire were doping. This sent a clear message to players like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez, who were not yet doping, but who, most would agree, were better hitters than Sosa and McGwire when all four were sans steroids. The message was this: if you want to keep up and if you want the kind of attention that Sosa and McGwire are getting, then dope. And dope they did. Along with many of the era’s heroes. Finally, it was the press that finally held MLB accountable and forced it to acknowledge that there was something rotten in its house. Many players have admitted that they doped, but none has been banned as long as Rodriguez.

      Baseball is a sport that is a little obsessed with purity, and Rodriguez’s punishment has reaffirmed its willingess to talk pure, even when, or especially when, it has acted dirty.