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?
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