article today basically says suspension might be tough to get...and even if they do get them they might not start until 2014. Players are definitely not going to cooperate and there is so much red tape involved, this may end up much ado about not much. I'm sure the Yankees would love to not have to deal with ARod this year...but I don't see this amounting to much of anything.
I think the issue now is can MLB suspend players before they have a chance to appeal their case? This will be more messy than we probably know. But it will be funny to watch the Yankees NOT try and defend ARod!!
Doing anything and everything to get an edge, unfortunately, has been deeply ingrained into baseball history and tradition. The only thing I care about at this point is that no current or recent Orioles are involved in this mess. All of the names that popped up in the Mitchell Report were embarrassing and, worst of all, those guys cheated but still sucked.
I dream of 1966, 1970, and 1983. I would also take 1969, 1971, and 1979. But 1973, 1974, 1996, 1997, and 2012 were okay. Toss in 1960, 1968, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1989, and 1994 too.
My wish is for a copy of the agreement between the two sides - MLB and the MLBPA.
What I have heard, rightly or wrongly, is that suspensions have to result from a test that shows up positive for PED. If that's the case, I don't see how they can try to suspend anyone on circumstantial evidence, which in this case are clinical notes and invoices to players, and testimony from a guy who set up the firm to peddle substances, some legal and some illegal.
Apparently, MLB is trying to equate each shipment of PED to the players as proof of usage. So if A-rod (as an example) had three shipments, that takes him past 50 games (for a first offense) and 100 games (second offense) to third offense (a lifetime ban). Does the agreement allow for that? Hey, A-Rod has never failed a PED test since the testing program and penalties went into effect.
What bothers me is that in their zeal to get even with Ryan Braun (they haven't forgotton or forgiven Braun for his arbitrator acquittal) and perhaps ban Alex Rodriguez from baseball for life (MLB carrying water from the Yankees, saving them from the stupidity that was that 10 year extension)) that they may have tried to steamroll the union. And this is a union that doesn't get steamrolled.
I am not in favor of steroids or PED in baseball, but if MLB comes down on the individuals named all at once, it will be the biggest scandal to hit baseball since the Balck Sox scandal. And if players are suspended and teams fall out of the pennant race because of that, look for all sorts of sh*t to hit the fan. Some of the names I've heard could have that effect - Cano, A-Rod, Granderson, Jhonny Peralta, Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez easily fit that bill IMHO - and if the suspensions start soon, I'm worried that this will once again take attention away from the pennant race, playoffs and World Series in a year where lots of teams are still in the race.
The last point is that there is no excuse for the leaking of this information by MLB. There is nobody else who could have leaked this stuff, and when MLB signs a confidentiality agreement with the union and violates it as it has in this, it would make me wonder, if I am a union member, whether any agreement with MLB is worth the paper it is printed on.
There is a lot of huff and puff but I truly don't believe there will be any suspensions this season...at least any that could be binding. Its way too messy. But I agree, the Braun thing is sticking in MLB's craw, as well it should...he got away with it..he may still get his in the end. As for ARod---at least you know one ex-player is probably enjoying this...Barry Bonds. He hardly ever gets mentioned anymore.