I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
I’ve come across no less than three incredibly though-provoking articles regarding Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball’s response to the whole Biogenesis performance enhancing drug investigation. I’d like to share them with you, if I may.
This post from Yahoo.com’s baseball blog is about Baltimore manager Bud Showalter’s take on a likely suspension and the possibility of a lifetime ban: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/bravo-buck-showalter-o-manager-criticizes-advantage-yankees-143915755.html;_ylt=A2KJjaiVdPpRkHUAu9ZNbK5_
Showalter points out that a lifetime ban would remove the yoke of A-Rod’s massive contract from the Yankees’ shoulders, money they could use to avoid a luxury tax hit and sign another pricey free-agent. It’s an aspect of the situation I hadn’t considered. MLB could be doing the Yankees a huge favor.
Next we have an article from Bloomberg View, asking “Where’s the players’ union in all this?” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-31/just-how-brutal-is-baseball-s-case-against-a-rod-.html
That’s something I’ve been wondering for some time now. As is pointed out, either the evidence in MLB’s hands is so strong the union can’t fight it or MLBPA is afraid any appeal would not only look bad, public relations-wise, and worse yet, would likely fail.
Finally, the most scathing of tracts from longtime sportswriter Joe Sheehan, who’s written for Sports Illustrated and Baseball Prospectus, among others. If you read only one of these, make it this one, from his person blog: http://joesheehanbaseball.blogspot.com/2013/07/xiib.html
In it, he eviscerates MLB commissioner Bud Selig for his role in collusion as an owner and the 1994 baseball strike as interim commissioner (which cost us a World Series, remember), both of which were found to have violated federal labor law. Sheehan argues that Selig has done far more to harm “the best interests of baseball” than Rodriguez or any other accused PED user could ever dream. It’s hard to argue against him.