Baseball’s dopey war on drugs
Alex Rodriguez’s New York Yankees missed Major League Baseball’s postseason for the second time in the past 18 seasons, but that doesn’t mean his October has been uneventful. Rodriguez is the last man standing after baseball’s most recent salvo in their war on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), and he and his legal team have spent the past month preparing for what figures to be a long and drawn out appeal of an unprecedented 211-game suspension for his involvement with a Miami clinic.
Over a dozen other players were suspended along with Rodriguez. Unlike Rodriguez, they all accepted their suspensions – in most cases 50 games, MLB’s typical suspension for first-time steroid offenders. Perhaps the evidence was strong. Perhaps they didn’t want to be blackballed by the owners. Rodriguez was the only one of the group without a future contract to think about – he will be 42 years old when his current 10-year, $275 million contract expires in 2017. The next oldest player suspended was 33-year-old Nelson Cruz – a free agent following the season.