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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Selig wouldn't rule out punishment for A-Rod

From Nathaniel Vinton and Christian Red:

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig came out roaring Wednesday, putting Alex Rodriguez on notice that the Yankee third baseman's admitted performance-enhancing drug use may not go unpunished.

In an interview with USA Today, Selig was asked if he would consider suspending the three-time American League MVP after Rodriguez told ESPN on Monday that he had juiced from 2001 through 2003 when he played for the Rangers.

"It was against the law, so I would have to think about that," Selig told the paper. "It's very hard. I've got to think about all that kind of stuff."

But Selig's remarks may be more bark than bite. Baseball conducted survey testing during 2003 - when Rodriguez won his first MVP award - but there were no punishments for players who tested positive. In 2001 and 2002, there was no drug-testing program in place. It was during 2004 when players were first subject to possible penalties if they tested positive for banned substances.

"He's open to everything. That doesn't mean he can do everything. He's keeping all options open," MLB spokesman Rich Levin told the Daily News, referring to Selig.
Well this is just a little ridiculous, isn't it? Jason Giambi wasn't suspended.

It appears as if Selig is trying to cover himself for this era. He has blood on his hands and he knows it. For all the good he's brought to the game during his tenure, he's also responsible for the steroid era.

There were also 103 names on the list that implicated Rodriguez. If Selig really wanted to make a difference, suspending A-Rod wouldn't be the answer. Releasing the entire list of names would. The players need to be accountable for their actions. Rodriguez partly was, now it's time for the other to be.


Anonymous said...

bud selig is a fuckin snake. he rode those roided players to a salary of 18 million a year, and now he wants to go after arod cuz hes on the yanks. ill tell u, if arod was somewhere like, i duno, the brewers, selig wouldnt do anything. those should have been annonymous results, and now u wanna punish him for it? i'll be the first to say arod did something wrong, but this would be worse.

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