If you listen closely, you can hear the cheers of many baseball fans across the country. Alex Rodriguez has dropped his lawsuits against MLB, the players’ association and Bud Selig. This of course means that he won’t be playing a single inning of MLB baseball in 2014.
Here’s the official statement from the league:
“We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire.”
MLB – 1, A-Fraud – 0
Many were expecting the worst with these lawsuits from Rodriguez, in that they could drag on for an extended period of time. But after just a few short weeks, they are no more. This is the best possible outcome for MLB. A-Fraud has been dragging down baseball for a long time now and he simply no longer has a place in the game.
You have to give the former slugger credit on some level, because he did fight his year-long suspension as hard as possible. But in the end, I think most of knew he didn’t have a snowball’s chance of getting the suspension overturned via a lawsuit. It was a desperate move, but it was really the only move he had left. Now that he’s waved the white flag, it’s time for baseball to move on into a new era.