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Yankees: Do you want Alex Rodriguez to get suspended?

Do you want Alex Rodriguez to get suspended or not?

English: A-Rod in 2007. Español: A-Rod en 2007.

English: A-Rod in 2007. Español: A-Rod en 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Personally, I do not want A-Rod to serve anytime away from the New York Yankees, but the likelihood of him getting fully absolved is slim.

Still, the punishment, for what I am not exactly sure still, cannot be any longer than 65-games, if even . That is what Ryan Braun just served for shamelessly lying, and weaseling his way out of a failed urine test but not because the results were wrong.

Braun’s dishonesty destroyed lives.

I remember listening to Braun’s winded acceptance speech for winning the 2011 NL MVP award, only to find out later that he had known the test results before receiving the honor. That award belonged to Matt Kemp, but Braun did not care and neither did MLB.

Since Braun has apologized; he has taken the test handler who he threw under the bus out to dinner; written a letter to Commissioner Bud Selig; and released a statement without an admittance.

Braun affirmed that, “I came to the realization that it was time to come to grips with the truth. I was never presented with baseball’s evidence against me, but I didn’t need to be, because I knew what I had done.”

Braun got off on a technicality, which got his failed test eradicated and it seems like he is going to be forgiven by Brewers fans.

A-Rod has no failed test, and MLB has not made any evidence public from the infamous, and now shut Biogenesis case, so the only thing he is guilty of is giving everyone a headache.

It is no secret that Selig dislikes A-Rod, as he led a yearlong, desperate and dirty investigation in trying to nail him, which ended in him handing A-Rod a 211-game suspension.

Since A-Rod’s 2009 PED admission, he has passed all nine MLB issued urine tests and has vehemently denied using any form of PEDs since 2003.

Look I do not think that A-Rod is an angel, but the way MLB conducted itself was disgraceful, and it makes me question whether all the allegations made against him are legit because the sources certainly were not.

Yes, A-Rod was honest about using PEDs after his name was leaked to the media from an “anonymous, court sealed” document back in 2009, but he did not have to come forward.

Red Sox David Ortiz blew it off, so did Manny Ramirez and over 100 of their peers who got to remain anonymous.

Another PED example is Jhonny Peralta. Peralta is fresh off serving a 50-game PED suspension for his involvement Biogenesis, but got a four-year, $52 million deal from the St. Louis Cardinals a few weeks ago.

FOX’s Ken Rosenthal titled a recent article about it called; ‘It pays to cheat, at least in Jhonny Peralta’s case.’

My God…I remember back when somewhere at sometime A-Rod’s confession would have been considered doing the right thing.

I had been under the impression that telling the truth always wins and comes without an asterisk at the end.

Does anyone realize what kind of message this sends to kids?

Too many Yankees fans chucked their own moral values aside because of their personal dislike and jealousy of A-Rod.

No one seems to give A-Rod credit for piggybacking the Yankees all the way to a World Series Championship back in 2009, which drives me nuts.

A-Rod told the truth back in 2009, something my mom would call “taking the harder, but higher road” when I was a kid but the majority of Yankees fans still hate him.

I feel horrible for his two young daughters, as it must be hard to hear people booing and cursing at their dad at games.

A-Rod not only has Selig’s crusade to deal with, but also Yankees ownership hoping he gets thrown the kitchen sink so they can rip up his paycheck.

But putting all the drama aside, the real question is who the heck is going to play third base this season if A-Rod is suspended?

The thought of Mark Reynolds or Eduardo Nunez as the starting third baseman gives me nightmares.

Fact is the Yankees best third base option for the 2014 season is Alex Rodriguez.

Even at 38-years old, A-Rod is darn good defensively, and his right-handed power bat makes the Yankees line-up tougher for opposing pitchers to face.

See, I want the Yankees to make the playoffs because there is nothing better than October baseball in the Bronx.

The bottom line is A-Rod lessens the possibility of the Yankees missing the postseason for the second season in a row and I am all for that.

I will leave you with a statement given in late July by Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics & League Affairs for MLB following Braun’s suspension.

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions. We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.”

I do not remember A-Rod getting that same courtesy.

Time for Yankees fans to root for the team and not the player. Enough said.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Ray says:

    I agree, the best option by far for third base is Arod.

  2. Sunhills says:

    A-Rod is a disgrace. He should get suspended for life for all I care.

    Yankees always find a way, I prefer for them to find it without this clown…

    • Sunhills – You have the right to your opinion, but other players who have failed tests, lied and such get a pass but A-Rod deserves a lifetime ban?

      I have not seen any evidence in the A-Rod case, but I do know where it came from, and the source, who is a criminal and MLB paid for testimony, is not credible.

      I am not saying A-Rod is an angel, but it seems like too many Yankees fans hate him because he makes so much money.

      If you think A-Rod is a disgrace, you must think MLB is too. MLB let PEDs run rampant after the 1994-95 strike and avoided addressing it until baseball was making them tons of money again.

      A-Rod has passed nine drug test since he admitted to using PEDs back in 2009, which he did not have to do. He could have just blown it off like David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. 104 players were listed on the court sealed document back in 2003. The list was supposed to be an anonymous, and A-Rod did not have to admit anything but he did so why does that make him a disgrace. Braun lied, Big Poppi said it was a GNC in the DR and never spoke of it again, and Bartolo Colon, a two-time offender, just got $20 million from the Mets so explain to me how A-Rod is more of a disgrace?

  3. Chicko says:

    No Way, I hope that keep the entire suspension! For the Yankess I would call this Addition by Subtraction!

    • How can you say that Chicko when a 211-game suspension is completely unjustifiable for an alleged first offender with no failed test.

      And it is a fact that any period sans A-Rod makes the Yankees worse off as a team. Your remark is very hateful, like you don't care about the facts because it is A-Rod. How can you dislike a person so much? Waste of energy.

  4. Ray says:

    Everybody hate on Arod , remember 09 ohhhh yea the last time the Bronx has champions….. If I remember correctly Arod and Arod alone carried us to the World Series which we won! I guess I have good memory :)

    • Ray…..I could not have said it better.

      So many Yankees fans act like A-Rod's paycheck is coming out of their bank accounts. And the constant booing and ripping on A-Rod is uncalled for and just mean. Hating takes up so much energy, and it frightens me how passionately so many Yankees fans feel this way towards A-Rod.

      Do these haters know A-Rod personally? Has A-Rod's baseball career personally effected their personal well-being?

      Slim-to-none, and no.

    • PinstripeLifer says:

      Your memory is faulty… Who was the series MVP? Who stole 2 bases in one play to assure a victory? A-roid hit .250 for the series…Damon hit .364,Jeter .407 and Matsui .615! Texiera had the same number of RBI's and also hit the same number of HRs(8/1). I hoped for way more from A-rod but he never lived up to his potential in NY.He's one-way and self centered and cares about only AROD INC. Glad he's out…HOPE he's gone!

      • LLP says:

        Actually, I was at that 2009 WS game in Philly when Damon stole two bases….but CC Sabathia won the ALCS MVP in 2009. But A-Rod's batting average in the 2009 playoffs was .378 with six homer, 18 RBIs, 42 total bases along with two stolen bases. Also, PinstripeLifer…it is a fact that A-Rod carried the 2009 Yankees all season long, and that is undeniable no matter how much you hate him. It is sad that so many Yankees fans cannot give credit when credit is due because of your personal dislike for a player.Anyone who looked at the 2009 batting stats for the Yankees players without names, A-Rod's standout without question.

        Remember….HATING is the sincerest form of flattery.

        • PinstripeLifer says:

          Batting .286/100RBI in 124 games is pretty good,but hardly makes it a FACT that A-roid "carried the team"in 2009. For the money he got paid he should have led the team in EVERY offensive category, but sadly,didn't. Hating in the case of A-roid is far from flattery…it's a normal gut reaction from any Yankee fan who admires the excellence so many players have brought to the Bronx without the stink of cheating and lying and disregard for the greatest team in the history of sports!

  5. CJW says:

    Kate (and any other blogger)-if you're going to write a sports blog, take a basic writing or English grammar course. Or have someone proof-read it. Your writing is atrocious!

    • Richard Griffith says:

      I think she knows that. Oh, proofread is 1 word!!!!

      • CJW says:

        Richard,,,apparently you don't know that proofread can optionally be written as proof-read.Perhaps you should take a remedial course, as well!

        • Richard says:

          I teach English but thanks anyway. You can hyphen as a compound word or compound adjective. It's not optional. Moreover, it's not optional for just 1 space between sentences.

    • CJW – "Your writing is atrocious!"…don't you think that is a tad harsh?

      I apologize if there is an error or two in this post that caused you such grief. I am all for constructive criticism, as long as it is fair and examples are given to show someone.

      You are entitled to your own opinion about my writing, but you make it out like this post was illegible.

      There is nothing good about the meaning of atrocious as it is considered horrible, ugly, abominable, dreadful, unspeakable, and monstrous. Could you please share why it was an appropriate description?

  6. Bill says:

    let drugs get you back into the game with just a slap on the hand but don't bet on your team or gamble it will get you out of the game permanently

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