I missed the 60 minutes segment but have been wondering whether the arbitrator appeared (was apparently scheduled according to mlbpa statement of disgust).
Did he appear? What did he say?
I might be a bit of an A-Rod hater but am trying to be objective about this issue. I do have some issue's with MLB going above the 50 game suspension especially since they don't have him testing positive. However, just like some court cases allow for punitive damages I think that given the accusations, that same principal could apply to A-Rod in this case. If he was truly flaunting ways around the rules and trying to cover up his involvement etc. then I personally think he deserves the extra time. It also should serve as a deterrent for any other players trying to skirt the rules as the stakes are for non-compliance can be higher if the violations are egregious.
My understanding is the punishment is not based on the regular drug testing schedule, rather that A-Rod was guilty of "obstructing the process". Since this involved many other players and it appears A-Rod played a large role, they felt justified in issuing a greater suspension.
I think teams should be required to pay the salary in some fashion (not to the player) so they have an incentive to not tolerate doping. Part of me wants him to beat this so the Yankees are stuck paying and playing him. He's done as a player.
To me it would have been totally inappropriate for the arbitrator to be on -- and I understand why the MLBPA would be upset.
And Selig should have stayed off. If he wasn't going to testify at the hearing, he should have shut up now as well. He should have just let Manfred represent the Commissioner's office.
I understand a team cannot control what a player might decide to ingest to enhance performance so it might be slightly unfair but if a larger incentive for not breaking the rules existed I think it would help.
Because ARod is appealing in federal court documents were released showing the instructions on when and how to use steroids in order to avoid being caught.
Wonder how many more labs are out there?
And, now, NO MORE APPEAL: