Alex Rodriguez Suspension Now 162 Games
An arbiter ruled today on the Alex Rodriguez case. He will miss the entire 2014 season after being given a 162 game suspension.
Previously, he had been given a random 211 game suspension. He appealed, and it went to the arbiter.
Now, A-Rod is likely to appeal this suspension.
And he should. The Joint Drug Agreement says that a first suspension is to be 50 games for a first failed drug test. Of course, Rodriguez has not failed a drug test since MLB set its rules and procedures for testing. Rodriguez has been suspended, in part, for his associations with Bosch (the Miami guy).
Ryan Braun accepted a 65 game suspension late in the 2013 season when his Brewer team was already out of contention. He did not appeal for some reason.
What do you think?