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Bud Selig Stands by Controversial Decision to Suspend New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez for Entire 2014 Season

April 27th, 2014 at 1:08 PM
By Douglas Rush

A lot of people around baseball considered Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig's actions taken against New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez to be a case of abuse of power when he originally suspended him for 211 games.

The suspension was appealed and the two sides fought about it in an arbitration case during the winter; a case Rodriguez and his lawyers felt that was a no-win situation because the arbitrator in charge of the case, Frederic Horowitz, was an MLB employee being paid by Selig and ultimately hired to come out in favor for the sport, which is exactly what he did when he reduced the 211-game ban to a 162-game one, which would end any chance of A-Rod playing baseball in the 2014 year.

Despite not having a single failed drug test for performance enhancing drugs on his record and MLB obtaining stolen evidence from the Biogenesis clinic that would potentially incriminate Rodriguez, plus baseball's star witness being former Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch, who is currently under investigation for selling drugs to minors and children in the Miami area, baseball felt justified in suspending the 38-year-old slugger for an entire season for his alleged involvement in Biogenesis.

This past week, the 79-year-old Selig still felt justified in his actions to suspend Rodriguez for the entire season and doesn't regret making the decision to do so, even though many felt that Selig and baseball went out of his way to "screw A-Rod."

"I wouldn't want to go back into that,'' he said. "I did in the end what I thought was justified. I still think it was justified. And the arbitrator then did what he did. The only thing I'll say about the whole Alex Rodriguez thing, if you want to have a tough program, you better have tough enforcement. And once the Biogenesis thing broke, we did what we had to do. There's no more to say about it.''

After Horowitz ruled that Rodriguez would be banned for the 2014 season, A-Rod and his team of lawyers considered taking their case to federal court, but Rodriguez dropped the lawsuit that would have landed them in court, a move that many felt was the star's first step towards playing baseball again, as he is eligible to to play again in 2015 for the Yankees.

While the Yankees aren't on hook for the $25 million that would have been owed to him, Rodriguez is still owed another $61 million in guaranteed money from the Yankees and with a potential need at the designated hitter spot in 2015, there's a very good chance that Rodriguez will be back in pinstripes come next season anyway.

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

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