A-Rod Suspended, Appealing, Penciled Into Tonight’s Lineup

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Isn’t it ironic that he’s been eligible to play all year up until this point, but it’s the day he is suspended for his links to the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic that Alex Rodriguez is set to make his season debut with the New York Yankees? Only with A-Rod.

Earlier this afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that Rodriguez was suspended through the end of of the 2014, a punishment that was supposed to become effective on Thursday. But Rodriguez appealed immediately, and will be allowed to play throughout the pendency of his appeal.

Typically, the appeals process lasts little more than a month. The Collective Bargaining Agreement calls for the appeal to be heard by arbitrator Frederic Horowitz within 10 days, and that he render a decision within 25 days of the hearing.

However, due to a conflict of Horowitz’s schedule, Rodriguez’s appeal will not be completed until after the end of this season. Which means he will be able to play out the season on the field for the Yankees.

In the words of Terrell Owens, get your popcorn ready.

The media surrounding New York has already been a circus this past month, and A-Rod’s arrival will only amplify the wattage of the spotlight.

Rodriguez has stated his intent to fight his 211 or so game suspension. The MLBPA has supported the decision to appeal, agreeing with Rodriguez’s position that baseball has acted improperly in giving him more than the 50 game suspension reserved for first-time offenders. No other player received more than 50 games as part of the Biogenesis punishments.

The MLB described A-Rod’s disparate treatment in a statement released today.

“Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and Human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years,” MLB said in a statement. “Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.”

It’s that disparate treatment that A-Rod is fighting through the appeals process.

Tonight, he starts at third base and bats cleanup for the Yankees as they take on the Chicago White Sox.

The spotlight will be bright. This will be one of the most magnified moments in recent baseball history. When considering the history that is being made with this whole Rodriguez situation, tonight’s game is must see TV.

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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