Todays breaking news for baseball today isn't about the pro baseball hall of fame. Today the big news is that the arbitrator in the MLB vs. A-Rod Fredric Horowitz reduced the MLB's original suspension of 211 games to 162 games, meaning he will miss the 2014 regular season. The Suspension also includes potential playoff games for that season.
This suspension was in part of the biogenesis case that involved a total of 13 players including A-Rod. The Biogenesis case was these 13 players are suspecting in taking performance enhancing drugs. Excluding Alex Rodriguez 11 players were hit with 50 game suspensions, and Ryan Braun was hit with a 65 game suspension. Ryan Braun got hit with a slightly higher suspension because the year before Braun was caught using performance enhancers but due to a technicality he got away scot-free. So when the MLB had a second chance they wanted him to take a higher punishment just because.
Here is where the witch-hunt for A-Rod takes place. the MLB have never liked A-Rod and tried to look for different way and try to void what's left of a contract that has more than 100 million dollars left on the contract. A-Rod never failed a drug test and this was the first time where he was caught in the biogenesis scandal. His original punishment by the MLB was 211 games more than 4 times the punishment of others who were apart of the scandal.
A-Rod after the news released a statement.
"The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man's decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable. This injustice is MLB's first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review"
"I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension. No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players' contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining, and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently being used to unjustly punish me".
"I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship. I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal."
It is no secret that the MLB has something against A-Rod, who will now try and take this to the courts. Hopefully this injustice will fall and A-Rod will play next season. A-Rod is now planning on appealing the decision and will plan on being at Yankees spring training.
The Yankees have signed several infielders but they don't have the skill or the star power that Alex Rodriguez possesses.