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MLBPA member reportedly wants Alex Rodriguez to be thrown at when he returns

Alex Rodriguez YankeesNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is seemingly on a mission to alienate himself from everyone and anyone in an attempt to clear his name. Now that his suspension has been reduced to 162 games, A-Rod has turned his attention toward suing both Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

Rodriguez’s decision to sue MLB makes more sense than his decision to sue the MLBPA, which chose to allow him to hire his own legal team and lead his own defense. The MLBPA had to weigh getting involved with A-Rod’s case against supporting those players in the union who want stricter performance-enhancing drug investigations.

In a 90-minute conference call the day A-Rod sued the MLBPA, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that players from the union “overwhelmingly agreed that Alex Rodriguez should be kicked out of the MLBPA.” Players pay $65 per day during the season for union dues, and most of them are probably furious that their money will now be spent in connection with A-Rod’s witch hunt.

“That’s what everyone was thinking,” one unnamed player reportedly said. “We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,] ‘This is our game and we don’t want you in it.'”

Rodriguez’s legal team has alleged in federal court that the MLBPA “completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez.” Unfortunately, it is not possible to just kick A-Rod out. That said, it should be noted that not a single MLBPA member defended Rodriguez during the conference call. One player told Yahoo! Sports that A-Rod should be concerned about players taking matters into their own hands if he returns to the baseball diamond.

“When he gets up to bat, you can hit him and hit him hard,” the player said. “That’s what I’d do. He sued us. Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz screwed up. You know what? They owned up to it. They took their medicine.

“[Rodriguez] needs to be scared of coming back and facing people he sued. If he can’t fear the wrath of getting kicked out or not being included, he’s going to be forced out.”

Other players said they respected A-Rod for fighting his suspension the way he saw fit but ripped him for turning on his “brothers.” As you can see, Rodriguez is losing friends left and right. He probably should have taken the 50-game suspension deal that the MLB reportedly offered him last spring, but we’re not surprised he didn’t. A-Rod only cares about one person — A-Rod.

Has A-Rod gotten fat or is he hiding something under his shirt?

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Alex Rodriguez appeared in just 44 games for the New York Yankees last year, but his season ended in September like most other players. Over the past few months, A-Rod has spent a lot of time fighting Major League Baseball and attempting to clear his name. Does that mean he has been slacking when it comes to hitting the gym?

The Deadspin reader that sent in the photo you see above claims it was taken on New Year’s Eve. While to me it seems pretty obvious that A-Rod has something under his T-shirt, it does look like he has gained a few pounds. His face looks a little more pudgy than it did back in September.

The good news for Rodriguez is that he always seems to find a way to get in shape and belt home runs. The bad news is Tony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic is no longer in operation, so shedding the offseason weight could be a challenge this time around. Wait, he doesn’t have to bother getting into playing shape for next season? Never mind.

Alex Rodriguez reportedly turned down 50-game suspension deal

Joel-Sherman-Wants-Us-to-Leave-Alex-Rodriguez-AloneOn Saturday, Alex Rodriguez had his suspension reduced from 211 games to 162 games. The scorned New York Yankees slugger will likely miss the entire 2014 season and all of the postseason, assuming he has no luck with bringing his case to federal court. Had he been willing to cooperate last year, A-Rod could have reportedly already served his suspension and been done with it.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, A-Rod had an opportunity to work out a plea deal with MLB for something in the neighborhood of a 50-game suspension back in the spring. That would have allowed him to serve the punishment and return to the field late in the 2013 season — before Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch decided to cooperate with the league.

If Rodriguez had agreed to something last spring, before MLB investigators had all the Biogenesis details from Bosch, Rodriguez might’ve been able to barter for a suspension for something close to 50 games, or what a first-time offender gets for a first positive PED test.  If he had taken responsibility then, owned up and made his best possible deal, then A-Rod probably would’ve been back on the field late in the 2013 season, with the whole matter behind him.

Despite the fact that Rodriguez’s name is allegedly plastered all over Bosch’s records, he has maintained that he is 100% innocent and has not used performance-enhancing drugs since he admitted to doing so earlier in his career. A-Rod has stormed out of arbitration hearings and attacked MLB, calling Bud Selig and company liars and frauds.

Apparently Rodriguez feels that there was no turning back once he denied being associated with Bosch or taking any illegal substances. At this point, it would hardly be a surprise if the 38-year-old’s career is over.

H/T Hardball Talk

Tony Bosch: Alex Rodriguez’s top concern was hitting 800 home runs

Alex Rodriguez YankeesBiogenesis founder Tony Bosch sat down for a revealing interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, during which he discussed Alex Rodriguez and his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. Bosch detailed some of the exchanges he had with A-Rod and tried shed some light on the New York Yankees slugger’s motives. One of them, Bosch says, was to become the first and only member of the 800-home run club.

Bosch claimed Rodriguez carefully studied the substances he was using in an attempt to achieve perfect results.

“Alex cared. Alex wanted to know,” Bosch told interviewer Scott Pelley, via the NY Daily News. “He would study the product. He would study the substances. He would study the dosages, because he wanted to achieve all his human performance or in this case, sports performance, objectives. And the most important one was the 800 home run club.”

While we have no way of knowing if Bosch is telling the truth, very few people would argue that A-Rod is a team player. It wouldn’t exactly come as a shock that his main objective was surpassing Barry Bonds’ single-season home run record of 762 rather than winning multiple championships.

Alex Rodriguez has suspension reduced to 162 games

Alex Rodriguez YankeesNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez had his MLB record 211-game suspension reduced on Saturday to 162 games, which is still the largest suspension related to performance-enhancing drugs in baseball history. As a result, A-Rod will miss the entire 2014 season and will not be allowed to compete in the postseason if the Yankees qualify.

Rodriguez has maintained that he is innocent throughout the entire process, and he previously threatened to sue Major League Baseball if the suspension was not lifted completely. As you might expect, he is still furious with an arbitrator’s decision to ban him for an entire season.

“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.

“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.”

A-Rod added that he will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees win another championship. There has been no indication that he intends to retire, meaning the battle is far from over.

The suspension is great news for the Yankees, as A-Rod’s $27.5 million salary for 2014 will now come off the books and could put the team below the luxury tax. It could also give them more money to spend to sign free agents on one-year deals, or sign a player to a front-loaded contract.

Publishers say Alex Rodriguez book about MLB is ‘totally fake,’ not happening

Alex Rodriguez YankeesEarlier this week, we told you about a report that claimed top publishing houses are currently competing for the rights to a book that Alex Rodriguez is writing. In the book, A-Rod is supposedly planning to expose Major League Baseball and provide a behind-the-scenes look into his ongoing legal battle with Bud Selig and company.

The NY Post reported that several top publishers including Random House and HarperCollins want to work with A-Rod on the tell-all book. According to the NY Daily News, multiple “high-ranking publishing sources” insist neither Random House nor HarperCollins has ever heard of the project.

“It’s totally fake,” a publishing insider reportedly said. “One reason he’d never get anywhere near that money is the obvious risk that as soon as the book was published, it could and probably would be discredited. He’ll say anything as long as it’s not under oath.”

I’m pretty sure A-Rod would say anything even if he was under oath, but that’s an entirely separate discussion. Another source reportedly told the Daily News there is “no way (Rodriguez) will get anywhere near $5 million, even if he does do a book, and at this point it’s anyone’s guess if he will actually try.” In other words, publishing companies would be hesitant to work with someone who has as little credibility as A-Rod.

Time will tell if A-Rod is indeed writing a book, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the initial report was simply a power play by Rodriguez’s camp. A-Rod’s strategy all along has been to attack MLB rather than defending himself. Perhaps his people think the prospect of a tell-all book will frighten Selig.

H/T Hardball Talk

Alex Rodriguez reportedly inking deal for book to expose legal battle with MLB

Alex Rodriguez YankeesNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is reportedly close to signing a deal for a book that will provide a behind-the-scenes look into his ongoing legal battles with Major League Baseball. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, several top publishers are battling for the rights to the book and a deal could be signed within a few weeks.

“A number of publishers are vying for the book, with offers coming in over $5 million,” a source reportedly told the Post. “Alex has met with several publishers over the past few weeks and has meetings with others right after the new year.

“This book is going to go into the real low-down dirt of MLB tactics and collusion with the Yankees to get him out of the game. Alex has also had meetings with (filmmaker) Billy Corben on a ‘30 for 30’-type documentary about his story.”

The source added that ESPN would likely be reluctant to air any such documentary, as it could compromise the network’s relationship with MLB. However, Corben, who did the 30 for 30 special on Miami football called “The U,” could shop a film to a network like HBO and make plenty of money.

A-Rod is currently in the process of trying to have his 211-game suspension reduced or wiped away completely. Last month, he stormed out of his own arbitration hearing and later said in a statement that he is “disgusted with this abusive process.” Rodriguez’s strategy seems to be to attack the credibility of MLB rather than defend himself.

As we all know, A-Rod is highly motivated by money. Attacking the credibility of MLB with books and documentaries could help him kill two birds with one stone. Although, most people are unlikely to believe anything he says.

UPDATE: Top publishing houses reportedly insist they have heard nothing about the book and it is “totally fake.”