He’s been referred to as A-Rod, A-Roid and A-Fraud. Now, the Snitch?
Members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle apparently leaked documents implicating Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis scandal, according to CBS Television’s 60 Minutes.
Selig stands by A-Rod's 211-game ban
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says he did the right thing in suspending Alex Rodriguez for more than one season.
Selig said he "can't control what people are saying."
He added that he has "a job to do and that's protecting the integrity of the game and enforcing it."
The commissioner said he's very comfortable with what his staff has done, calling it the toughest drug-testing program in American sports.
But to have an effective program, he says it has to be enforced.
Selig made his comments Thursday in Cooperstown while announcing a major expansion of video replay for next season.
Rodriguez was among 13 players suspended Aug. 5.
The New York Yankees slugger received a 211-game ban, by far the longest, and has appealed it.
— The Associated Press
"The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex, this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game," Rodriguez’s lawyer, David Cornwell, said in a statement to 60 Minutes.
On Aug. 5, Rodriguez was suspended through the 2014 major league season for their relationship to Biogenesis, the alleged performance-enhancing drug clinic in Miami.
Cervelli was among 12 other players who agreed to a 50-game ban.
The Yankees catcher and Braun, who agreed to a 65-game ban in July, were linked on Feb. 5 to Biogenesis.
The latest report is that Rodriguez "obtained unredacted versions" of documents published in the Miami New Times, the hand-written records of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch, and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, reported 60 Minutes.
Major League Baseball said it has evidence showing that Rodriguez acquired documents from Biogenesis, a key factor in the league’s decision to slap the former superstar with a 211-game suspension on Aug. 5.
That same day, Rodriguez made his season debut with the Yankees following off-season surgery on his left hip. In nine games, he has a .278 batting average, .350 on-base percentage along with one home run and four runs batted in.
Rodriguez’s offensive production had tailed off considerably the past two seasons after he averaged 30 homers and 100-plus RBIs in the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. A-Rod’s most productive overall season was in 2007 for New York when he hit .314 with a .422 OBP, 54 home runs, 156 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.
He has admitted to using PEDs from 2001-03 while a member of the Texas Rangers.
Rodriguez’s case in the Biogenesis scandal is expected to be heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the coming weeks. Michael Weiner, head of the MLB players’ association, said last week that he would support the player’s appeal.
"We feel what he [MLB commissioner Bud Selig] did [in barring Rodriguez for 211 games] was inappropriate and almost ridiculous," Weiner said. "Look at the penalties that have been [given] out and cases that have been dictated by the commissioner’s office along with the Players Association. Nothing comes close to 211 games."