Alex Rodriguez plans on fighting any suspension or banishment from baseball though the appeals process.
Alex Rodriguez plans on fighting any suspension or banishment from baseball though the appeals process, according to the lawyer who will defend him.
“We are focused on an appeal,” Rodriguez’s lawyer David Cornwell said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s Michael Kay Show.
There have been indications that with the Hall of Fame inductions having past that an announcement from Major League Baseball of the punishment for Rodriguez and players involved in the Biogenesis case are forthcoming soon.
Cornwell said Alex Rodriguez’s “primary focus” is playing in the majors again. Rodriguez is in Tampa rehabbing a quad injury that postponed his return to the Yankees last week.
If Rodriguez, 38, is deemed healthy, he would be eligible to play during the appeals process, which could take weeks or months. If he has no setbacks physically and spends the full five days on his minor league rehab, Rodriguez could return to the Yankees on Aug. 6 in Chicago against the White Sox.
However, MLB may try to suspend Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules.
If MLB goes ahead with the suspension under the labor deal, it means Rodriguez would lose virtually any chance of delaying the penalty while he appeals the case. He has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if the players’ union files a grievance.
The Yankees also expect Alex Rodriguez to be accused of not being truthful with MLB in the past when he discussed his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada.
A Rod hasn’t played this season because of a second hip surgery and a Grade 1 quad strain.
Cornwell said the goal for Rodriguez is to have “no discipline,” not just a reduction in any suspensions. There have been numerous reports that Rodriguez could face anywhere from a 50-game suspension to a lifetime ban.
Alex Rodriguez would not be paid for any games missed. He has a little less than $100 million remaining on his 10-year, $275 million contract. If Rodriguez were to hit 13 more homers, he would tie Willie Mays with 660 on the all-time list and be awarded a $6 million bonus.
Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez nicknamed “A-Rod” is an American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Wikipedia
Born: July 27, 1975 (age 38), New York City, NY
Height: 6′ 3″ (1.90 m)
Salary: 28 million USD (2013)
Team: New York Yankees (#13 / Infielder)
Spouse: Cynthia Scurtis (m. 2002–2008)
Children: Natasha Alexander, Ella Alexander
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