Completely ignore how you feel about Alex Rodriguez. Ignore your feelings about him, about his involvement in the steroid era, and about him as a player and a person, or at least try to. It’s hard to do, isn’t it?
Rodriguez has given baseball, the national pastime, a black eye throughout his long career. His name has been synonymous with steroids for a very long time and will be for the rest of his life. It’s true that he isn’t liked by hardly anyone, and baseball would have been better off if he had never played a single game. Everything he has done, and now currently does, is a disgrace to the sport so many love. But just for a moment, try your best to ignore how you feel about him! Try hard!
The way the legal system works in the country we love so dearly is, for the most part, a good system. Some event happens, the two sides go to court and a precedent is set, and that precedent is then used for future issues related, or somewhat related, to the previous one. We use the past to assist us moving forward into the future. It makes sense and is a good system. Set your political feelings aside too, actually. This article is simply about A-Roid and his appeal. He has appealed the 162 game suspension the arbitrator has given him.
The original ban last season was for 211 games. He has, in essence, won his first appeal and reduced that ban down to 162 games. That’s where it currently sits. But Rodriguez isn’t going to stop there, and I hate to say it, but he has a point. He is the first case of his kind in MLB. No player has ever gotten that large of a ban for steroids. Then, when you add in the fact that he has never actually tested positive for steroids, it gets even crazier.
Despite popular belief, Rodriguez has never actually failed a drug test! He was linked to a steroid incident in the past, but he has never failed a test. This is where the parties differ. A-Rod argues that since he has never failed a test, he should be given the same penalty the other players who were linked to Biogenesis were given last season. Ryan Braun got the biggest suspension of the group with a 65 game suspension. The MLB argues that since his name has been associated with steroids so often, this suspension is warranted. Bet good money on A-Rod’s suspension being reduces once again for one simple reason, lack of precedent.
Precedent doesn’t exist in this case. Well, precedent in the case of 162 games doesn’t. The current going rate for Biogenesis association is 65 games for Braun and 50 games for a number of other players. So you ask yourself, where did they come up with 162 games for Rodriguez? You can’t just pick a number out of a hat and go with that. Rodriguez’s argument is that he deserves equal treatment. Quite honestly, he’s right. For all the negative he has brought to baseball, this is turning into an A-Rod witch hunt. He should have been given the same suspension as everyone else. His suspension is by far way more excessive than the other players’ and you have to ask why.
Again, nobody likes Rodriguez and everybody wants him to just go away, the New York Yankees more than anyone! But he has to receive the same treatment as other players who have never tested positive for steroids and got suspensions. He will get his 162 game suspension reduced based solely on the lack of precedent in this case. It would be shocking if, when it’s all said and done, he still has to serve a 162 game suspension. You’ll see that numbered significantly lowered once the appeal process is complete.
Hate him all you want, but he has to receive equal treatment for the same act as Braun and the other players. A-Rod will be playing next season! You heard it here first.
David Galleher is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @theDaveGalleher.