Jul 31 2013, 10:32pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Could we have possibly seen the last of Alex Rodriguez?
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is reportedly preparing a lifetime ban for Rodriguez while suspending eight other major leaguers for their alleged involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, per USA Today's Bog Nightengale.
Nightengale cited two sources who know about the situation and were not allowed to go out in the open since no formal announcement has been made.
Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman, is planning to appeal whatever disciplinary measure is imposed on him, per his attorney, David Cornwell. The other players are expected to receive 50-game suspensions with most of them reportedly having no plans to protest.
The obtruction accusation is supported by ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn.
"It is believed by baseball, at least, that he actively obstructed this investigation. They have looked into charges that he tampered with witnesses, that he tried to get documents, possibly have them destroyed. If they've got the evidence to back that up, that adds a whole other element to this case."
"I hope he does it. It's right for baseball. The harder he comes down, the better it is for baseball."
The lifetime ban remains unclear as of this point. Sports Illustrated even reported the possibility of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz shortening the ban to 200 games. A parallel the report came up with was the initial lifetime ban for pitcher Steve Howe back in 1992 which was eventually reduced to 119 games.
"I'm not giving up. I have tremendous faith, and hopefully there's a couple more chapters to this book, and hopefully there's a happy ending somewhere."
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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