|Oh, no — not again! Have mercy!|
|Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:00 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
Alex Rodriguez has reared his head — I know ugly is supposed to be in there somewhere but I didn’t have the heart! — again.
I would like not to have to write another sentence about this man ever again but he makes it impossible.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz — to my surprise — mostly upheld Major League Baseball’s suspension of the New York Yankees’ star for his Biogenesis involvement, only reducing the sentence to 162 games (plus any postseason games) this year from the original 211.
A-Rod’s response? Continue to sue everybody that does not agree with him.
That includes the MLB Players Association, which he accuses of not using “extraordinary remedies” outside of the arbitration process — agreed to by both parties a long time ago — to stop MLB from disciplining the player.
I read that to mean forget about what has been negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement — which keeps making the players very rich men — or anything else just to suit this man.
This is the same group that has gone to the depths to get the players what they have now — which you or I would kill for when it comes to salaries, pensions, insurance, amenities, etc. — and actually helped prevent MLB from getting a handle on PEDs long before it was forced to; seems to me that he is whistling Dixie.
Should he not sue his lawyers for doing the same of which he accuses the union?
Hey, it could mean that everybody is out to get him!
For a man that claims he wants to tell “his side” of the story to his fans, etc., it seems he is doing everything possible not to.
Or is this going to put this off until maybe he thinks he will get inducted to the Hall of Fame — hey, these guys don’t lack egos! — and THEN he will tell us “his side of the story?”
I know some have accused MLB of stooping to seedy levels to get a seedy character — the “60 Minutes” interview, for example — but the fact that the other 11 guys that were suspended last summer took their medicine like men — why didn’t they sue if there were real issues with the facts? — tells me volumes about what MLB — and by extension, its union — actually had on these guys.
Besides, isn’t this something that occurs in courtrooms throughout America every day in the criminal justice system?
Whether he actually plays this year is another matter: I think the Yankees are trying to do everything they can to get out of the remnants of this albatross of a contract — $61 million for the final three seasons — for a guy that hasn’t really been “worth it” for how many years.
Everything I have read about this case suggests that he won’t have much of a chance of success at the federal court level, though who knows sometimes.
Of course, he may end up suing them, too, if they don’t come down on his side!
If the Yankees do end up releasing him after figuring out all the stuff involved to satisfy all parties, do you think any general manger will have a hole in his head big enough to sign this pariah and headache waiting to happen — for that salary at the breaking-down age of 38?
I kind of wonder if when he does retire, will be eligible for Cooperstown. After all, MLB has more or less termed him a cheat for violating its pact with the union, for which they have the proof.
Of course, by then we will have another commissioner but when you consider the other main guys associated with the Steroids Era on the ballot — whose voting percentages for the Hall keep going down — his chances for election are probably slim and none.
To me, if all this shakes out as I think it should, he shouldn’t even be on the ballot — but that is for another column.