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Good News For Sportsmanship: Alex Rodriguez To Be Suspended For Rest Of This Season And All Of 2014

August 4, 2013

This is good news for anyone who cares about the role sports figures have in our society.

As I have stated before since so many young people look up to sports personalities as heroes it is then incumbent upon athletes to act in accordance with the position they have created.  No one demanded that these sports figures accept multi-million dollar contracts or seek the adulation when they step out onto the field.  But by agreeing to be a highly paid professional sports figure comes the burden of not being an embarrassment.

Multiple news outlets (here, here, and here) each reported that it is highly likely that baseball will suspend Alex Rodriguez from Major League Baseball for the rest of the 2013 season and all of the 2014 season on Monday. This would amount to $34.2 million in lost salary, $25 million of which reflecting his 2014 salary.

Bravo to Bud Selig!

  1. Alinka permalink
    August 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    Dale, based on what a couple of my amateur athletes friends – marathon runners and triathlon participants, as well as trainer at the health club I go to say, it should remain illegal, the reason being- people will start (over)using it, pronto, just to keep the playing field leveled.

    Tolerance of those enhancements is, for the most part, determined by genetics, so it will be de facto competition of my genetics vs. yours, who can take more without his or her body shutting down. Overdosing, to the point of damage or dying will follow. Even something relatively benign like protein powders, etc. can be dangerous, and , in trainer’s words, have caused kidney damage to more then a few…

    Solly, good point 😉 just in case someone unaware, we MKE residents still in the process of paying for the stadium, decade or so after completion. The tax is called “herpes” by local sharp tongued radiohosts, for it never ended, it appears as “Milwaukee County tax” now .
    PS.( hilarious post on another thread about your youth under nuns’ watchful eye….hehehe)

  2. Solly permalink
    August 8, 2013 11:45 AM

    Bud blew it again. If he had suspended him “in the best interest of baseball” it would be unappealable. As it is, this “showcase” of juiced baseball talent will be a feature of games, no matter who the Yankees play, for 30-60 more days, and THEN his suspension may be reduced. The aggravating circumstances, obstruction of the investigation, would have justified the use of this legitimate tool. This halfass suspension reminds me of Bud’s decision to let a tie end the All-star game become the story when he was trying to highlight having the game in Milwaukee at State of Wisconsin Park (I don’t call it Miller Park because the taxpayers paid for it. Miller paid the Brewers for the naming rights. Tough negotiating Tommy Thompson). Bud will forever be know at the Commissioner of Baseball’s Juiced Age who couldn’t find a way to end it.

  3. August 5, 2013 10:59 PM

    If one listens to the baseball community–be that fans or players the answer is these drugs should not be allowed, or encouraged. The concept of fair play and allowing ones natural abilities be the source of winning is one most Americans would subscribe to when it comes to our national pasttime.

  4. August 5, 2013 9:59 PM

    Should Performance enhancing material be illegal in professional sports? That is a good question to debate.

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