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MLB Dropping Biogenesis Lawsuit Showed League, Bud Selig was Out to Get Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez

February 20th, 2014 at 3:12 PM
By Doug Rush

From the beginning, Major League Baseball was out to punish New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez and in 2014, they finally found a way to do so involving Biogenesis and Anthony Bosch.

This past week, MLB and commissioner Bud Selig filed a motion to end the almost two-year lawsuit against the now defunct Biogenesis Clinic, which was lead by Bosch, who alleged he distributed performance enhancing drugs to more than a dozen baseball players; the most prominent one was Rodriguez, who ended up getting the stiffest punishment of them all which was originally 211 games, but was reduced to 162 games in January.

The lawsuit against Biogenesis from the start was a sham because it was never about baseball trying to go after Bosch or his associates; they wanted the players, and more importantly, the league and Selig wanted to drop the hammer down on A-Rod. Why? Probably because he was supposed to be seen as the clean superstar that was supposed to break the all-time home run record held by Barry Bonds, another guy tied to PED allegations, and Rodriguez up until 2009 had no history.

Then he was outed in 2009 by Selena Roberts of Sports Illustrated, in which he came clean and admitted he used PED's when he was with the Texas Rangers from 2001-2004, and it changed the outlook everyone had on A-Rod. Now he had his name tied to a scandal and was no longer looked upon as baseball's next great hero and the face, which had to irritate Selig, and thus, waited to seek out revenge, which is exactly what was given to him with Rodriguez's involvement in Biogenesis.

Baseball filed the suit against Biogenesis and Bosch, but that was all smoke and mirror and a big circus for the media. What baseball and Selig had in mind all along was to slap a gigantic punishment on Rodriguez and exact revenge on him and they didn't care what it was going to take in order to do so. If you disagree, why would baseball pay $125,000 in cash; something that was supposed to be reported to the IRS for such a transaction and never was, for stolen documents that would reportedly implicate A-Rod of wrong-doing?

More importantly, why would baseball do business and pay such money to Bosch, who is currently under investigation for selling drugs to minors and children down in Miami, and admit they knew of Bosch's allegations, but still pursued the case? By doing do, baseball helped fund a drug dealer. And they went even further to fund him when baseball paid Bosch a reported $5 million for cooperation in their case to suspend and condemn Rodriguez.

A-Rod was initially suspended by Selig for 211 games back on August 5, but was able to appeal the ruling and played the rest of the 2013 season. Folowing the season, the arbitration case that began in September that would determine if Rodriguez's playing future in 2014 was an even bigger sham because from the start, that was controlled by baseball. Federal arbitrator Frederic Horowitz was being paid by baseball to run the arbitration case, but ultimately, he was there to make sure Selig got what he wanted; which was Rodriguez punished. If that weren't the case, Horowitz would have ordered Selig to come to New York and testify in the case, but felt that he was not needed, which lead to A-Rod and his lawyers storming out of the case and thus, ending it in late November.

Rodriguez initially had a lawsuit against MLB and was prepared to go to federal court to get the suspension overturned, a suit that could have gotten very ugly and messy if it had ben pursued, but Rodriguez decided to drop the suit and has accepted his 162 game ban for the 2014 season with hopes of being able to return to the Yankees in 2015. Even if he wants to play next season, Rodriguez trying to get back and playing this season seemed to be like a uphill battle that he just couldn't win; but it should have never of gotten to that point.

Under the Joint Drug Agreement, a player who is considered a first-time offender of the policy gets a 50 game suspension, which 11 other players got this past summer, one of which was Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli. Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers got the second most severe penalty with 65 games, but Rodriguez's penalty was nearly tripled everyone elses, even with the reduced ban. A-Rod's ban wasn't about upholding the rules, it was a revenge case.

And now that the league got Rodriguez banned for the season and he dropped the suit against the sport, there was no more need for them to have the "lawsuit" against Biogenesis and Bosch in place anymore because in the end, they got what they wanted. And MLB used everything needed possible, including the legal system in the state of Florida in order to do it. Bud Selig got what he wanted as he is out the door as the commissioner and thinks he's leaving the sport in good hands, but in the end, he acted more like a mafia boss and a scorned girlfriend left on the doorstep the night of prom instead of the ruler of baseball; and that's a bigger crime than anything Rodriguez and the 12 others ever did.

 
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Tags: A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Anthony Bosch, Baseball, Biogenesis, Bud Selig, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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