Lifetime ban for A-Rod possible in Biogenesis flap
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Major League Baseball reportedly is threatening to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless the New York Yankees star agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport’s latest drug scandal.
Whether Commissioner Bud Selig would actually issue a lifetime suspension was unclear and a permanent ban reportedly could be shortened by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to about 200 games.
The number of players likely to be disciplined stood at 14 Wednesday. Front and center is Rodriguez, baseball’s highest-paid player and the most prominent one linked in media reports over the last seven months to Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly distributed banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The Yankees expected Rodriguez to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB’s investigation, and not being truthful with MLB in the past. Baseball has considered suspending him for violations of its labor contract and drug agreement.
At first, MLB and the union thought talks on the Biogenesis probe could be completed by Friday, but negotiations to avoid grievances are likely to push back announcements until at least Saturday or Sunday.
Others accused in media reports of receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis include a Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta.