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Thursday, August 7, 2014

No way Bud Selig hands down another 211 game suspension.

Biogenesisis is rearing its ugly head again.  That's the sleazy Florida aging clinic, which was at the center of a 2013 investigation by the Major Baseball League (MBL) and its commissioner, Allan Huber "Bud" Selig into the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) including steroids.  Selig suspended Alex Rodriguez 211 games, reduced on appeal to 162 (all of the 2014 regular season), plus the tournament.  Rodriguez played his first game in 2013 on August 5 in Chicago against the White Sox.; he was returning from his second hip surgery.  Selig was rushing to judgement to prevent Rodriguez from playing again during the Selig administration.

Now there are reports that a federal investigation will result in the arrest of the Biogenesisis owner, Tony Bosch, and that several more MBL players will be implicated, which would force Selig to administer his own amazing brand of justice.

We now know things that we did not know a year ago, including:
- Selig would announce after the 2013 season that he would stop being commissioner in January 2015;
- Rodriguez had been given permission by the official MBL doctor to use PED in 2007 and 2008.

It seems apparent that Selig wanted to rid himself of Rodriguez completely.  Selig's personal animus towards Rodriguez drove Selig to punish Rodriguez out of all proportion to the punishments he imposed on the other dozen players.

Now Selig has a another chance to show his sense of fairness.  He can punish someone more than he punished Rodriguez.  OK, maybe not more but a lot more than the 50 games for all but Ryan Braun (65 games) in 2013.  I'm guessing there's no chance that will happen.  And if it does not, how obvious would it then be that Selig carried out a personal vendetta against Rodriguez with Tony Clark, head of the players union, complicit?  And how do the other players feel abut abandoning one of their own?

What's that, it's OK because nobody likes Rodriguez?  That's exactly what the owners want: the players turning on each other.  There's also the basic American sense of fair play.  What happened to that?

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez Aug. 5, 2013 news conference before Chicago White Sox  gamein Chicago

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