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Saturday 30, Nov 2013

  Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

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Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

The arbitration hearing of Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez, nicknamed “A-Rod,” ended on Thursday without the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball testifying.

The baseball player has been fighting the suspension of 211 games imposed on him by Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez publicly blasted Bud Selig, the MLB commissioner, and MLB last week. A-Rod was suspended by the MLB for his alleged involvement with the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida that provided banned performance enhancing drugs. In the same case, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun received a suspension of 65 games for his dealing with the clinic while 12 other players were given 50-game suspensions.

The case was closed after twelve days of testimony. The fate of Rodriguez for the next season is now in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The three-time former Most Valuable Player and his lawyers signaled their lack of faith in the proceedings by vowing to release all of the evidence and preparing to take the case into federal court. The baseball star stormed out of the hearing and his lawyers remarked that A-Rod would longer participate unless Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig agrees to testify. Lead attorney Joe Tacopina said we’re not going to participate in a process that’s obviously a fait accompli and not a fair process and we are absolutely shutting down at this point. The attorneys of Rodriguez are upset that the MLB commissioner was not ordered by the arbitrator to testify in the hearing and Tacopina said the next phase of the case is a move to federal court regardless how Horowitz rules.

It was reported that Alex Rodriguez made an abrupt exit ad slammed a table in anger following Horowitz’s ruling and kicked a briefcase before leaving the room. He later released a statement to explain his action and blasted Selig and Horowitz. A-Rod said he is disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails and added he had sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. He also remarked this morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face him. Alex Rodriguez went on to add that the absurdity and injustice just became too much and he walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.

In a statement replying to Alex’s statement, the MLB said Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process for more than 40 years to address disputes between the two parties. It was added that this negotiated process has served players and clubs well and despite Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel’s rulings today, Major League Baseball remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute.

In another development, Alex Rodriguez made an unscheduled radio appearance on WFAN radio and denied to host Mike Francesa that he ever used performance enhancing drugs.

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Thursday 31, Oct 2013

  Manfred Testimony Should Be Released, Says Lawyer Of A-Rod

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MANFRED TESTIMONY SHOULD BE RELEASED, SAYS LAWYER OF A-ROD

Joseph Tacopina, one of Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyers against Major League Baseball for his suspension of 2011 games, has asked MLB to release testimony about whether Commissioner Bud Selig was aware that Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers.

Baseball’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, recently testified during the grievance filed by the players’ union to overturn Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension. It is rumored that Manfred testified that baseball was not interested whether Bosch, the owner of now-closed Biogenesis clinic, distributed performance enhancing drugs to minors because the interest of MLB was his relationship with players under investigation. Manfred remarked the focus of his organization was on whether players violated the sport’s drug agreement or labor contract and he added that said MLB had been a leader in preventing steroid abuse by youth.

According to rumors, the legal team of Rodriguez is trying to show that evidence linked to Biogenesis investigation was purchased at a point in time when it couldn’t be used to obstruct the investigation by MLB. Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz said the stuff that was bought has nothing to do with the arbitration process and obstruction. MLB suspended Rodriguez 50 games for a first violation, 100 for a second, and 61 for obstruction. In a tortuous interference lawsuit filed earlier this month, the lawyers of Alex Rodriguez claimed that MLB investigators have bullied witnesses and engaged in a “witch hunt” during their probe. In the past, Rodriguez’s representatives have repeatedly denied allegations in some newspapers that the baseball star and his representatives purchased Bosch’s notebooks and other Biogenesis documents.

Last summer, MLB suspended 13 players after an investigation of Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. On August 5 this year, Alex Rodriguez received the lengthiest penalty of 211 games and was the only one in the group to contest his discipline.

Alex Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB), is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 and 600 home runs and has 14 100-RBI seasons in his career, more than any other player in history.

In a statement, Tacopina said while Manfred has violated the confidentiality requirements of the collective bargaining agreement by making reference to his testimony, we choose to live up to our obligations. He added Manfred knows that he has not accurately described his testimony and we therefore call on him to put forward his full testimony at the hearing about his and commissioner Selig’s knowledge of, and relative regard for, Bosch’s dealing performance enhancing drugs to minors at the time MLB struck its cooperation and indemnity deal with Bosch.

Meanwhile, baseball’s chief operating officer blamed those on side of Rodriguez for the release of information from the hearing. Manfred said there have been numerous and ongoing leaks from Tacopina and other members of the Rodriguez camp and we have made limited responses to correct the inaccuracies that have been put out by those associated with Rodriguez. He went on to add that it is ironic that Tacopina would have the temerity to complain about breaches of the confidentiality agreement.

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Monday 21, Oct 2013

  Rodriguez Shelled Out $305,000 For Evidence

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Rodriguez Shelled Out $305,000 For Evidence

According to latest rumors, New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and his representatives confirmed during sworn testimony that Rodriguez forked over the $305,000 for purchasing ‘various forms of evidence,’ including videotapes, documents, and affidavits that may have incriminated him or that would be used in his defense in an arbitration or court proceeding.

A person familiar with the arbitration proceedings at baseball’s Park Avenue offices has revealed that Alex Rodriguez paid $305,000 for evidence involved in the Major League Baseball’s investigation linking him to multiple violations of the league’s collectively bargained drug agreement. A-Rod was suspended by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for 211 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal.

The admission came as documents were submitted to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who will decide whether the suspension of A-Rod will stand, be reduced or thrown out. Legal team of the baseball superstar, led by criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina, has accused Major League Baseball in the press of conducting a “witch hunt” in its investigation and of paying for evidence. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred had acknowledged paying $125,000 for documents related to the investigation of Biogenesis anti-aging clinic that MLB’s actions were perfectly legal. Manfred added that there is nothing wrong with purchasing documents in an investigation and the MLB did it in the course of trying to see if it had players using performance enhancing drugs in violation of our agreement.

Alex Rodriguez has been facing many legal hurdles in the recent past and recently filed a medical malpractice suit against Yankee team doctor Christopher Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. In the malpractice suit, Alex Rodriguez has claimed that Ahmad did not properly diagnose his left hip injury during last year’s playoffs. It was further alleged in the suit that Ahmad did not disclose to Rodriguez the MRI results on the left hip and states that after performing, understanding and analyzing the MRI, (Ahmad) had diagnosed Plaintiff as suffering from a superior labral tear at the left hip; and without informing the plaintiff of the diagnosis, knowingly cleared the Plaintiff to resume playing as a third baseman for the New York Yankees during the (2012) season playoffs, thus allowing the Plaintiff to further injure himself and the necessity for additional surgeries.

In another development Dan Mullin, who led the investigation of Alex Rodriguez and his alleged association with the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic, has denied that he was never the target of any probe when he was involved in a money laundering/prostitution case during the mid-‘90s. Mullin remarked he was transferred to be the head of Staten Island detective operations, which is in charge of all the detectives on Staten Island, a prestigious spot. Daniel Castleman, who was the long-time chief of investigations in the Manhattan DA’s office, said Dan Mullin was never under investigation in the case and served with distinction and honor throughout his career. Michael Tiffany, a retired NYPD assistant chief who worked with Mullin for many years, said MLB is very fortunate to have Dan and added Mullin didn’t have evidence against A-Rod, he would never say that he had a case against him and he’s not going to create something or manufacture evidence.

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Sunday 13, Oct 2013

  A-Rod Says He Was Duped Into Taking Steroids

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A-Rod Says He Was Duped Into Taking Steroids

New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is trying every book in the trick to get his 211-game suspension behind him. The baseball star and his lawyers have presented a case which is partly based on the idea that the baseball’s highest-paid star procured substances from the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic assuming they were innocent legal supplements.

Meanwhile, Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s publicist, said we cannot provide any details of this hearing, as the chair of the arbitration panel has issued an order prohibiting all parties from commenting publicly on the confidential proceedings, but what is being reported is not true.

In August this year, A-Rod was suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig after it was found that Yankees’ star bought banned performance enhancing drugs from the Miami clinic and even tried to intervene in investigations. His recent claims conflict with those of Anthony Bosch, the founder and proprietor of Biogenesis. Bosch decided to cooperate with MLB and has already validated a wide range of documents and electronic communications with Alex Rodriguez. The MLB believes that A-Rod is now finding ‘ways’ to get the ban turned down and argues that why where the transactions kept so secretive and the cost of products were so high if Biogenesis products were legitimate.

Rodriguez’s attorneys are likely to attack the credibility of Bosch and may point that he was paid for providing evidence to MLB and was offered to being dropped from the probe if he extended cooperation to MLB. It is also believed that they may pinpoint that Bosch is the subject of many federal and state criminal investigations in Florida and the Florida Department of Health even fined him $5,000 for holding himself out as a doctor.

A-Rod was among 14 players penalized by the Major League Baseball for violating the anti-doping policy. Some of the other suspended included outfielder Nelson Cruz of Texas, Ryan Braun, and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Braun accepted a ban of 65 games while 12 other players accepted a punishment of 50 games without waging an appeal. If A-Rod’s suspension is upheld, it will be the longest non-lifetime suspension in the history of baseball.

Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) has 14 100-RBI seasons in his career and is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs and the youngest to hit 600 home runs.

Hispanics Across America, a non-profit group involved in political issues, is extending its support for Rodriguez and distributed white T-shirts with Rodriguez’s No. 13. Fernando Mateo, the organization’s founder, said we support A-Rod and want to send a very clear message to Major League Baseball. Mateo remarked MLB commissioner Selig is pursuing Rodriguez out of concerns for his legacy as he is retiring after next season and added we are not going to allow them to suspend A-Rod for 211 games, take his head and put it in the living room of Bud Selig’s apartment so that he can use that as a trophy as he’s going out.

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Monday 07, Oct 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

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Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball accusing the league of allegedly buying the testimony of an important witness in the doping case built against him. The filing was made by the New York Yankees star in the New York State Supreme Court.

The filing made by Alex Rodriguez claimed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and others in the organization are making attempts to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez. The baseball star claimed MLB paid $150,000 for records from the clinic and is paying Anthony Bosch, who ran the now-defunct Miami anti-aging clinic accused of selling banned performance enhancing drugs to many baseball stars, $5 million for his information against Rodriguez

The 38-year-old third baseman was recently banned for 211 games by the MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal. MLB commissioner Selig said A-Rod tried to impede the investigation in which 13 baseball stars including 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun were suspended for at least 50 games.

Rodriguez, with 654 home runs to his credit, appealed against the ban and was able to take part in the final weeks of the season. A decision on his case is believed to happen before the start of 2014 pre-season workouts. The Yankees’ star didn’t mention his team in the lawsuit that seeks damages that would be determined at trial. A-Rod, in his lawsuit, remarked the MLB commissioner wants to make him an example to gloss over the past inaction and tacit approval by Selig of the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball in an attempt to secure his legacy as the ‘savior’ of America’s pastime.

Rodriguez also said Selig turned a blind eye to doping in baseball to help it recover from a labor dispute that wiped out the 1994 World Series and reversed course only US lawmakers put pressure in 2006. The star baseman also remarked MLB has league damaging information about Rodriguez to the media, which is a violation of confidentiality agreement and that investigators have bribed and intimidated witnesses and even impersonated police officers.

In response to the lawsuit by Alex Rodriguez, MLB issued a statement claiming Rodriguez has violated confidentiality agreements as well as doping rules. The statement reads that this lawsuit is a clear violation of the confidentiality provisions of our drug program and it is nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The statement also said that while we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the basic agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.

Alex Rodriguez Sues MLB

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Thursday 05, Sep 2013

  Doping Behind Injuries Of A-Rod, Says Yankees

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Doping Behind Injuries Of A-Rod, Says Yankees

Alex Rodriguez is fighting against many troubles these days. After being banned for 211 games by the Major League Baseball, the Yankees slugger decided to deflect attention by filing a medical malpractice suit against the team medic, Dr. Chris Ahmad. But this lawsuit comes to Yankees as a happy surprise as they can argue that it was the use of illegal steroids by Rodriguez that caused his injury in the first place.

It is believed that the doctor in question incorrectly diagnosed a hip injury that was suffered by A-Rod during the playoffs last year. The slugger had surgery on his left hip and was sidelined until July. According to a team insider, Yankees are of the view that it was the use of illegal steroids that caused his hip injury. The team insider has revealed that Alex initially complained about his right hip and there was no mention of the left hip and the suggestion that the Yankees and Dr. Ahmad were in cahoots to misdiagnose Alex are absolutely ridiculous. In case the baseball slugger decides to proceed with a medical malpractice suit, the Yankees will start a very thorough identification process that will include the medical records of Rodriguez that will be filed with the court and made available to the public.

The source also revealed that the Yankees are fed up with Rodriguez and these outrageous claims being made by his advisers and they are attempting to once again deflect attention from the real issue, Alex’s use of steroids. It was also disclosed by the source that the team would immediately seek to depose Alex and force him to answer under oath about his use of steroids if the case goes to trial and added that Alex Rodriguez will have to answer the questions truthfully and under penalty of perjury.

In a statement about the pending lawsuit, the Yankees said we relied upon Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for medical diagnosis, opinions, and treatment. It added the Yankees neither had any complaints from Alex Rodriguez pertaining to his left hip during the 2012 regular season and the Yankees postseason, nor did the Yankees receive any diagnosis pertaining to his left hip during that same period of time. It was also disclosed that given the various allegations that have been made by Alex Rodriguez and his counsel, if you have any medical questions they should be directed to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Christopher Ahmad.

Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez has remarked that he has told his outspoken handlers to freeze the scorching rhetoric amid his epic fight against the doping ban imposed on him. Rodriguez remarked there are so many great stories going on in baseball, and for us, we really just want to focus on playing good baseball, and 100 percent have all the questions be about baseball. The slugger added if there are any questions in the future that are not about baseball, the interview will end at that moment. A-Rod recently authorized attorney Joe Tacopina to accuse the Yankees of playing Rodriguez in 2012 while being aware he had a “hole in his hip” in order to get out from under his contract.

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Tuesday 03, Sep 2013

  Ryan Braun Admits Doping

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Ryan Braun Admits Doping

Ryan Braun has admitted to using banned performance enhancing drugs and apologized for his behavior. According to friends of the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder, Braun was expected to make a public acknowledgment of the fact that he doped during the 2011 season in which the honor of National League MVP came his way.

Braun explained his reasons of using banned drugs and apologized to MLB commissioner Bud Selig, among others, for lying about his doping past. According to sources, the baseball slugger has already had a word with Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The first Jewish baseball player to win the Most Valuable Player award in decades was ranked number seven by the Sporting News in its 2012 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. In 2006, Braun was Milwaukee Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year and made his major league debut in 2007. He is best described as a 5-tool player for his ability to excel at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running skills and speed, throwing ability, and fielding abilities. Braun was named “National Freshman of the Year” at the University of Miami and a first-team “Freshman All-American”, by Baseball America in 2003. Ryan Braun was also named first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. In July 2007, Braun became the fastest in Brewer history to hit 10 major league home runs, doing so in 38th game and hit his 15th home run in the 50th game of his career, and his 20th in his 64th game. Braun won the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year Award beating Troy Tulowitzki by 2 points in the closest NL vote. In 2007, he was voted the NL Sporting News Rookie of the Year by 488 major league players and 30 managers.

The American baseball left fielder and third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball is presently serving a suspension of 65 games from baseball for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. The slugger accepted the ban imposed by MLB after he was shown the evidence gathered by Major League Baseball against him. Braun is also expected to issue an apology to sample collector Dino Laurenzi as Braun “wrongly” appealed a suspension of 50 games after the 2011 season and doubts were created by Braun’s legal team about how his urine sample was collected.

The suggestions of Braun making an apology came after members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle gathered and leaked documents that demonstrated that A-Rod implicated Braun and other players in using banned performance enhancing drugs. The report was however denied by Rodriguez and his lawyer.

Braun may have to face many legal issues, including a filed suit by his longtime friend for defamation. Ralph Sasson accused Braun of doping through his years at the University of Miami, committing academic fraud, and accepting money while being a student. Sasson charged that Ryan Braun defamed him after he provided help in his successful appeal of the positive steroid test of Braun in 2011.

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Saturday 24, Aug 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Came To Conte For Legal Supplements

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Alex Rodriguez Came To Conte For Legal Supplements

BALCO founder Victor Conte has told the New York Daily News that he met in 2012 with New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez about legal performance enhancement.

The Daily News revealed that A-Rod made an attempt to get ex-NFL player Bill Romanowski to arrange a meeting with the BALCO founder in Los Angeles or New York. Initially, Conte declined but Rodriguez and Romanowski showed up uninvited at Conte’s office in San Marcos, California, in May 2012. The newspaper quotes Conte as saying he flushed it out with Romanowski before they ever showed up at the office and he clearly told Romanowski it (anything he could do for Rodriguez) was about legal performance enhancement.

Conte disclosed he met with MLB’s department of investigations for two hours some weeks ago. In the past, the company owned by Conte, Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative was accused of supplying a number of world-class athletes with performance enhancing drugs and Conte was sent to prison in 2005 for his role in the scandal. Victor Conte now runs Scientific Nutrition for Advance Conditioning, a legal sports supplement company, with his daughter, Veronica Conte.

Conte said he was eager to meet with Major League Baseball officials because he wanted to answer their questions about Alex Rodriguez. The BALCO founder remarked he also wanted to give his input and have them take it back to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. He went on to remark that he was keen to shares his ideas about improving the drug program of MLB and was waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

Alex Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB), is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. He recently received a suspension of 211 games for his ties with Biogenesis, a Miami anti-aging clinic run by Anthony Bosch. Conte remarked A-Rod referred to Bosch as “his nutrition guy.”

In another development, the New York Yankees has hand-delivered a letter to A-Rod written by general manager Brian Cashman. The letter reprimanded Rodriguez for his recent actions surrounding his rehab assignment, including seeking a second medical opinion with Dr. Michael Gross without giving a prior notice to the team. It also reprimanded Rodriguez for his failure to show up to a July 12 game after meeting with MLB officials regarding the Biogenesis investigation. The team has also fined him $153,846, equivalent to one day’s pay under Rodriguez’s contract, which calls for him to earn $28 million for 2013.

The team also fined Francisco Cervelli for his failure to appear for treatment for his injured hand and elbow. He was fined $2,831, a day’s pay out of the $515,350 he currently makes. The baseball slugger remarked he felt “too stressed out” to report to the facility of Yankees in Tampa after he learned of his suspension. The Italo-Venezuelan professional baseball player accepted 50-game suspensions from MLB after his name emerged among those discovered in the records of Biogenesis when the list was published by the Miami New Times.

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Tuesday 06, Aug 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through 2014

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Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through 2014

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will be suspended through the 2014 season after he was found involved in baseball’s latest scandal of performance enhancing drugs. However, Rodriguez will be allowed to play as he pursues an appeal of the decision.

Rodriguez, who has missed this entire season after a hip surgery, is scheduled to make his 2013 debut with the Yankees scheduled to play the White Sox. His rehabilitation efforts have been shrouded by the investigation of Major League Baseball into Biogenesis, a now-defunct South Florida anti-aging clinic. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said he is keen to play Rodriguez.

Major League Baseball is all set to suspend as many as a dozen players, including outfielder Nelson Cruz of Texas and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta, whose names figured in documents obtained from Biogenesis and its owner, Tony Bosch. The suspensions are expected to be of 50 games each, the number agreed upon for first-time offenders in the collective bargaining agreement between baseball and the players’ union.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez is a three-time MVP and 14-time all-star. The American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Alex Rodriguez is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting the record of Babe Ruth by over a year. On September 24, 2010, A-Rod hit two home runs to surpass the mark of Sammy Sosa — 609 home runs, and became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent. Rodriguez and the Yankees in December 2007 agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract that was the richest contract in baseball history (breaking his previous record of $252 million). In February 2009, the New York Yankees slugger admitted to using steroids and said he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers because of “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform.

In 1993, Alex Rodriguez was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners and made his major league debut as the starting shortstop on July 8, 1994, in Boston at 18 years, 11 months, and 11 days of age. In 1996, Alex Rodriguez was selected by both Sporting News and Associated Press as the Major League Player of the Year, and came close to becoming the youngest MVP (Most Valuable Player) in baseball history, finishing second to Juan González. A-Rod, in 1998 season, was selected as Players Choice AL Player of the Year, won his 2nd Silver Slugger Award and finished in the top 10 in the MVP voting. In his final season with Seattle in 2000, Rodriguez was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America and finished 3rd in the BBWAA AL MVP voting. He was associated by Sports Illustrated on February 7, 2009 of testing positive for anabolic steroids, testosterone and Primobolan, in 2003. Two days after the allegations, the baseball slugger admitted to steroid use from 2001 until 2003, claiming that he ceased using such substances after spring training that year.

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Friday 26, Jul 2013

  Hefty Doping Ban Expected For Alex Rodriguez

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Hefty Doping Ban Expected For Alex Rodriguez

Former Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Fay Vincent says he has a feeling that Alex Rodriguez could be in for some harsh treatment. Vincent, though privy to details of the latest doping sweep overshadowing the sport, said his current MLB chief Bud Selig may decide to make an example of the famed New York Yankees slugger.

MLB’s active home run leader and highest-paid player, Rodriguez, has been implicated in a scandal that has already resulted in former National League MVP Ryan Braun being suspended Monday for the rest of the 2013 season. Braun decided not to contest the case made against him by MLB investigators and accepted a 65-game ban, plus any potential playoff games.

The 75-year Vincent remarked it seems to him that A-Rod is trying to make a deal like Braun and he thinks he’s trying to make a good deal and added that he doesn’t think a good deal is do-able. The ex-MLB chief said his guess is that A-Rod is going to be out for a very long period of time and it may be that his case is worse (than Braun) and if it is, they may be telling him he may be out for good and that’s a deal he can’t make. Resolution of the cases tied to the now-shut Biogenesis clinic in South Florida was an important step in the fight against doping, says Vincent and added that the performance enhancing drug problem is a threat to all of competitive athletics, from the Olympics to cycling to all sorts of sporting events that are threatened to the extent we let people use performance enhancing drugs. The former commissioner praised the cooperation of the players’ association and its chief Michael Weiner in the current doping case and said stamping out doping would have a fighting chance if the players joined team owners as partners in MLB, in contrast of their approach to the way the player’s association fought him in 1990 when he wrote a commissioner’s memo about the dangers of steroids to the game.

Rodriguez admitted before the 2009 season with the Yankees that he had used anabolic steroids earlier in his career and he according to media reports may have more evidence stacked against him than the MLB probe unearthed on Braun. The 38-year-old Rodriguez is guaranteed about $100 million on a deal that runs through 2017, with an additional $30 million in a series of home-run milestone bonuses due, if he reaches them. Vincent said he can see a very, very tough result for A-Rod that may be cushioned a little bit by a deal on the money side but he doesn’t see Bud giving A-Rod much of a deal and that will send a message that one of these days I’m going to throw someone out for life and we’re not going to have this anymore. Vincent added that would be a very popular move and he thinks it would really go a long way to putting his legacy in very strong shape.

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