Third baseman of NY Yankees, Alex Rodriguez happened to be one among thirteen Major League players of Baseball who got suspended this Monday for getting drugs that enhance performance from one shuttered wellness clinic of Miami, as announced by league.
Rodriguez received 211- punishment for game from league and it will be effective this Thursday and then last through end of 2014 season. He’s appealing ban, according to league, and he’s eligible to continue playing until one appeals verdict gets rendered.
Rodriguez called last 7 months to be some nightmare and he refused to confess that he used drugs to enhance performance.
Bans on other players associated with Biogenesis clinic tend to be effective immediately and it knocks out the players for almost all remaining games of this season. For postseason, they’d be eligible, if their teams do reach and terms of the suspensions end.
According to Commissioner of MLB, Bud Selig
“We are committed to working together with players to reiterate that performance-enhancing drugs will not be tolerated in our game.”
In one statement, Rodriguez said,
“I am eager to get back on the field and be with my teammates in Chicago tonight.”
Rodriguez spoke declined to talk about this case in detail, citing the ongoing investigation, though he appeared to hint about the forces conspiring for preventing him from playing.
Yankees took an unusual step by having themselves distanced from league’s inquiry of Rodriguez, by saying they do agree with punishment though didn’t help inquiry.
Statement of team said,
“The New York Yankees in no way instituted and/or assisted MLB in the direction of this investigation; or used the investigation as an attempt to avoid its responsibilities under a player contract.”
Michael Weiner, Head of MLB Players Association, agreed with 50- punishments of game but took the issue with suspension of Rodriguez, saying Selig wasn’t acting within the rights he had under Collective Bargaining Agreement that’s between union and league.
Weiner said, “Mr. Rodriguez knows that the Union, consistent with its history, will defend his rights vigorously,”
Attorney for Rodriguez, David Cornwell, also echoed sentiment of the union.
Cornwell said that it was regrettable that Commissioner’s office took the unprecedented action. He said he’d appeal discipline as well as pursue all the legal remedies that could be available for Alex.
Full suspended players’ list is: Texas Rangers, Nelson Cruz; San Diego Padres, Everth Cabrera; Detroit Tigers, Jhonny Peralta; New York Yankees, Francisco Cervelli; Seattle Mariners, Jesus Montero; New York Mets, Jordany Valdespin; Houston Astros, Sergio Escalona; San Diego Padres, Fautino De Los Santos;New York Mets, Cesar Puello; New York Yankees, Fernando Martinez; Philadelphia Phillies, Antonio Bastardo; free agent, Jordan Norberto.
Cruz, free agent once this season is over, said that he did begin using the PEDs for recovering from the illness which made him lose 40lbs prior to 2012 season. Worried he wouldn’t recover quickly, he said that he began the doping.
“Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse.”
Bartolo Colon, A’s pitcher, Blue Jays the outfielder of Melky Cabrera as well as Padres the catcher of Yasmani Grandal were also connected with clinic , though all 3 got suspended for the positive tests in the previous year. Brewers the outfielder of Ryan Braun did accept sixty-five-game ban the previous month for involvement with clinic.
Selig also laud success of drug policy of league, which succeeded in spite of the only 1 known +ve test: Braun got caught for PED violation prior to 2012 season though won the case over appeal. The players suspended on Monday got done for the positives that were non-analytical, which occur at the time league gets evidence of the use of a player in spite of not having positive test.
As regards this case, league received the cooperation from the founder of Anthony Bosch, Biogenesis, who agreed on cooperating and sharing evidence in the exchange for league’s dropping one lawsuit as against him and indemnifying him for further damages as well as paying some of the legal fees. MLB didn’t have any comment about the involvement as with Bosch.
“We continue to attack this issue on every front – from science and research, to education and awareness, to fact-finding and investigative skills.”
Allegations against A-Rod and the others got revealed first during late January, at the time a report got published which connected them with Bosch as well as his clinic. Reportedly, Bosch provided one group of the MLB players, hormone for human growth and steroids in early Dec., 2011.
Bosch is facing federal inquiry about whether Biogenesis distributed steroids illegally to the major leaguers and students of high school.
Aged 38, Rodriguez is 5th on MLB’s list, with exactly 647 spread at 2 decades with 3 teams. With 762, record is held by Barry Bonds, though many fans assume that mark is illegitimate due to tie of Bonds to BALCO.
It was admitted by Rodriguez during 2009 that steroids were used by him for 3 years, from the year 2001 to 2003, while he happened to be member of Texas Rangers. Also, his name appeared on list of the 104 players tested +ve for PEDs during an MLB survey in 2003.
This survey reportedly got done for measuring extent of the problem of baseball with drugs that enhancing performance, not for determining who actually was using them. Therefore, Rodriguez’s alleged +ve test couldn’t have concluded in punishment.
As yet, Rodriguez still has to play in this year after going through the arthroscopic surgery at the left hip during January. Rodriguez did claim that he appeared to be ready for the return. According to Yankees, he wasn’t.
Rodriguez sought 2nd opinion from one doctor in New Jersey, who examined MRI of slugger’s leg as well as proclaimed him fully fit both. Yankees were not happy that Rodriguez was seeking 2nd opinion without notifying them first in writing.