After an endless cycle of rumors and speculation in the Biognesis investigation, it looks as though New York Yankees apparently will be losing Alex Rodriguez for life. It’s been a move that many people have seen coming for some time, it was just a matter of when.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has announced plans to levy a lifetime ban against Rodriguez as well as hand out 50-game suspensions to at least eight other players. Two people close to the situation have spoken on the situation to USA Today Sports, but have opted to remain nameless since the official announcement likely won’t happen until Thursday or Friday.
Rodriguez, according to his attorney David Cornwell, will appeal any suspension regardless of severity. The other players named are expected to receive their 50-game suspensions, and most will take their discipline without argument. Almost 20 players were originally linked to Biogenesis, the Miami-based clinic that provided performance-enhancing drugs. However several players couldn’t be disciplined due to lack of evidence.
Aside from Rodriguez, suspensions are expected to be handed down to All-Stars Nelson Cruz (TEX), Jhonny Peralta (DET), and Everth Cabrera (SD). Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball executive vice president of labor relations, informed the Major League Players Association officials on Tuesday of their findings and suspensions. The players and their representatives will decide whether they will file an appeal or accept the penalties, which would all but end their regular season with barely 50 games remaining on the schedule.
This will follow the 65-game suspension of Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, which ended his season. Initially, the punishment for Rodriguez was originally thought to have been a suspension that would last through the end of 2014. That wasn’t confirmed, as many expected a lifetime ban was coming down to either Braun or Rodriguez.
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