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Baseball Suspends Alex Rodriguez For 211 Games

NPR | Aug. 5, 2013 3:49 p.m.

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Mark Memmott

He's waiting to hear his fate: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

He's waiting to hear his fate: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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The day has reportedly arrived when baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez will hear about his punishment.

USA Today, which has been among the news outlets out in front of the story, reports that A-Rod:

“Will be suspended through at least the 2014 season in an announcement Monday by Major League Baseball, but the New York Yankees third baseman plans to file an immediate appeal, enabling him to play Monday night against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, two people with direct knowledge of the plan told USA TODAY Sports.”

That means, as NPR’s Mike Pesca said Monday on Morning Edition, that “it’s likely he will be playing under the cloud of being the guy who will get the longest steroid suspension ever.”

An announcement is expected around noon ET. The Yankees’ game Monday in Chicago, against the White Sox, is set for 8:10 p.m. ET.

In case you’re just a casual fan or haven’t been paying attention, Rodriguez and about 10 other players are expected to be punished because their names allegedly show up on customer lists at Biogenesis, a South Florida clinic that distributed performance-enhancing drugs.

One player, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun, has already decided not to challenge a suspension that is keeping him out of games for the rest of this season.

A-Rod is the biggest name on the list not only because he’s been among the game’s best players but because he had already admitted to past steroid use and because MLB officials believe he tried to interfere with their investigation of Biogenesis. Because of injuries, Rodriguez hasn’t played with the Yankees since last fall. But he’s now ready to retake the field.

“It was not immediately clear whether any of the other players will also appeal,” MLB.com reports. “Some other names that have been linked to Biogenesis include Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli.”

If, as expected, the players other than A-Rod get 50-game suspensions that would mean those who are on teams that make it to the playoffs could be back on the field in time for post-season games if they opt to accept their punishments and not file appeals.

As we wait for news, we wonder what Two-Way readers think should happen (if anything) to A-Rod.

Note: That’s just a question, not a scientific survey of public opinion.

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