You all remember what happened back on Nov. 20. It was beautiful. It was glorious. It was the day Alex Rodriguez stormed out a hearing room at Major League Baseball’s headquarters and went off on Bud Selig and Major League Baseball on Mike Francesa‘s radio show, Mike’s On: Francesa on the FAN, saying he should not be suspended for even one inning. Well, with over a month to cool down and think things over, it looks like A-Rod’s thought process has changed. As reported by ESPNNewYork.com, A-Rod is open to accept a suspension if it is reduced from the original 211-game ban handed down by Selig. For once A-Rod is thinking rationally, and if the report is accurate he would be making the right decision.
During this whole process, A-Rod has been extremely arrogant. It seems like him and his legal team were thinking the whole time that if A-Rod was defiant enough and kept shelling out money during the appeals process that he would somehow be the one player to win his appeal and not get suspended. This is a ridiculous notion and shows either how out of touch A-Rod is or how much he is in denial. All of the other players got at least 50-game suspensions, with Ryan Braun getting a 65-game suspension, yet it seems Rodriguez genuinely thought he was going to get off the hook after appealing his 211-game suspension and, to paraphrase him, not serve an inning of a suspension. A-Rod was probably the only person on the planet who thought this, and now it seems like he has finally come back down to reality.
Because looking at it from the outside, even without knowing all of evidence that MLB has against him, it is smart for A-Rod to take a reduced suspension, especially if it is 100 games or less. Even though Rodriguez has said he has not taken performance enhancing drugs since 2003, it is very hard to believe anything he says, especially now since he is reportedly considering accepting a reduced suspension. When you look at A-Rod’s numbers from 2001 to 2008, his rapidly declining numbers from 2009 to 2013 and how his body has broken down during the last few years, the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming. Rodriguez says he only took steroids from 2001-2003 when he hit 156 home runs during that three-year span, but it seems unlikely that those were the only years he took steroids. A-Rod hit 35 home runs in each of the five years after 2003, hitting over 45 home runs twice during that time. Even before 2003, Rodriguez hit 40 home runs from 1998 to 2000. So basically, A-Rod hit 40 home runs in seven out of eight seasons between 1998 and 2005. That looks like a guy who took steroids during the notorious steroid era. Couple that with the evidence MLB has from the Biogenesis case and it is time for A-Rod to wave the white flag and take a suspension. Stop fooling yourself, A-Rod, because you aren’t fooling anyone else.