Is Alex Rodriguez The MLB Scapegoat?

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
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The Biogenesis suspensions were finally handed out by Major League Baseball and as suspected New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez took the brunt of the Bud Selig wrath. The often controversial Rodriguez was handed a 211 game suspension for his involvement with performance enhancing drugs and appears to be the MLB Scapegoat. A “Scapegoat” is defined by Wikipedia as [quote]”In modern usage a scapegoat is an individual, group, or country singled out for unmerited negative treatment or blame.[1] A whipping boy, “fall guy” or “patsy” is a form of scapegoat.”[/quote]

Rodriguez was handed down the most severe suspension since the likes of Pete Rose and his lifetime ban from baseball for his alleged role in wagering on professional baseball (even though today MLB Betting is a common practice, just not for those within the MLB). The Yankees slugger is the only player named that will appeal his punishment with the others accepting their respective 50 game bans. Rodriguez addressed the media before suiting up for the Yankees hours after the suspensions were announced.

Rodriguez told reporters: [quote]”I’m fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don’t defend myself, no one else will. The last seven months have been a nightmare, It has been probably the worst time of my life for sure,” [/quote]

I have always been one of Rodriguez harshest critics however a part of me feels sorry for Rodriguez and what he has been through of late. Bud Selig seems more concerned with writing his legacy as the man who single handedly kicked Alex Rodriguez out of the game and cleaned up the sport. I find it concerning that Selig and company wont reveal their evidence in the scandal with alot of back door agreements being hashed out.I don’t blame Rodriguez for exercising his right to appeal the process and not allowing the MLB henchman to muscle him into an agreement.

I don’t support the use of performance enhancing drugs however A-Rod did steroids, Get Over it, so did Nelson Cruz, Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and even the portly Bartolo Colon. Just to name a few!

Move on baseball and stop rehashing your dirty little secret, it does nothing but tarnish the reputation of the best sport in the world. Implement a new set of stricter penalties, set a precedent moving forward that anyone who tests positive for performance enhancing drugs will be punished severely and leave the skeletons in the closet where they belong. End of story.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

  • Marshal Bazaine

    A-rod is not the “scapegoat” of MLB, but their A-hole. I don’t feel one gram of sympathy for him. He knew what he was doing, and no one forced him to take PEDs. He is a cheater, pure and simple. A-roid needs to be banned for life from baseball, and have his stats erased from MLB records. Same must happen to other steroid users, such as Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire. Clean house, the way old Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis did back on August 3rd, 1921 in response to the 1919 World Series “Black Sox” scandal. As far as I’m concerned A-roid has already been cut more slack than the eight Black Sox, and he keeps up the PED abuse. Time to go, along with the other juiced-up frauds of the late 1990s-early 2000s. And the beauty of it is that lifetime bans and the erasure of official stats can be done with the stroke of a Commissioner’s pen — no hearings, no trials, no lawyers, no players association, no appeals. The Commish doesn’t have to legally “prove” that Bonds et al gained an unfair playing advantage thru PEDs — as in a court of law — all he has to do is say their reputations and the enormous evidence of PED abuse “tarnishes” baseball and he’s banning them for “the good of the game”. That is a power that is a direct “left over” of the Black Sox scandal. Of course, the current Commish Bud Selig will never have the guts to do it. But it really needs to be done. As far as I’m concerned, Hammerin’ Hank is still career “home run king” with 755, and Roger Maris is still season HR king with 61 (and NO asterisk!).

  • The use or the abuse of drugs for sports are always going to bring just disappointment to all the sports fans and the sport!!!

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