I've written several appeals to the Major Baseball League (MBL) commissioner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig to bring back suspended player Alex Rodriguez who has now served 94 of his 162 game regular season sentence for PED use, which also includes possible playoff games for his team, currently the New York Yankees. I mention the team because Yankee management seems to have no interest in interceding in this matter even though they need A-Rod both for his bat and to make the team less boring, something the original Steinbrenner (George) would never have allowed. His kids share none of George's more dynamic, if petulant, qualities.
|Alex Rodriguez July 15, 2008|
by Rubenstein via Wikimedia Commons
1. the fact that Rodriguez did not mention this as a mitigating factor during his appeal of his suspension;
2. the mainstream media all but ignored this story after reporting it once.
Nelson Cruz started the All Star game at DH for the American Conference. Cruz was one of the twelve players suspended for 50 games in 2013 at the same time as Rodriguez. Ryan Braun was also suspended but for 65 games. Why Rodriguez received a much harsher penalty of 211 games is still unclear. Rodriguez was the only player to appeal. As such he played out he 2013 season after he returned from off season hip surgery. Selig rushed to judgement in an obvious effort to preclude Rodriguez from playing any games in 2013 before the suspensions could be handed down.
Here are some of my posts in this:
The quality of mercy is not strained: commute the sentence of Alex Rodriguez. Monday, March 10, 2014
Alex Rodriguez: make it 100 games, 35 more than any of the others served in 2013. Bring back A-Rod! Monday, June 23, 2014
Bud Selig's doctor allowed Alex Rodriguez to use steroids. Is that enough mitigation to commute A-Rod's sentence? Friday, July 4, 2014