Bud Selig and MLB really has a chance to make an example out of Alex Rodriguez, but the question is will they?
With Ryan Braun being the first domino to fall from the Biogenesis investigation, everyone is now focused on Rodriguez and what exactly MLB has in store for the expected future Hall of Famer and New York Yankees third baseman. But if commissioner Selig want to make a point, Rodriguez will be shut out of Cooperstown indefinitely.
While no PED user has been confronted with the possibility of a lifetime ban in the sport, if there was ever one person to make an example of, it would be Rodriguez.
The Yankees slugger was first linked to steroids in 2007 when fellow Yankee Jose Canseco threatened to implicate Rodriguez in his tell-all book, and came clean shortly after the government-sealed BALCO report emerged in 2009. But, he made sure to stress in his statement that he only used from 2001-2003, his years with the Texas Rangers, and that all of his years in New York were clean.
Well, Rodriguez has once again been connected to steroid use.
If the reported evidence that MLB has against A-Rod for his part in the Biogenesis scandal is to be believed, he lied about being clean for his entire Yankees career and duped one of the most revered organizations in baseball.
For Rodriguez, this means there is a chance the punishment will be severe — the most severe the sport has handed down to an active player and PED user. And while it may seem harsh, if Selig does enforce a lifetime ban, it will set a huge, long-overdue precedent in baseball.
Rodriguez has gone from baseball’s golden boy to a player whom Yankees are reportedly thinking about cutting ties with. He has gone from a hero to a villain, and one whose records and accomplishments will carry an asterisk wherever he goes. He went from being the face of baseball to the face of the steroid era.
So now is the chance to finally bring this era to its knees — and the first step is to completely get rid of one of its biggest perpetrators.
While Selig could ban Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire, it would not have as much of an effect as banning an active player. And if the commissioner really wants to make a difference in his final years and accomplish his mission of eradicating steroids, he will once and for all eradicate Rodriguez from the sport.