Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Is all of this invective piling on? You bet. The name is Rodriguez but you hear Bonds in the echoes. You hear Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, and the others you believe were users. There was no testing while they played as the 20th century gave way to a new one. There was no proof and no punishment. Denials everywhere.
Today, only Rodriguez is denying Major League Baseball has a case against him. For weeks, you've heard about a plea deal to reduce the suspension. Rodriguez is 38. He has just returned from another surgery on his hip. His skills are diminished.
The Potsdam Peace Agreement, which set the plan for Germany's surrender in World War II, probably took less time to negotiate, and there was a resolution. The Rodriguez charade will continue but baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has his big-fish example.
Selig has been a bit of a bully through this. The other 12 got 50-game suspensions. A-Rod's suspension would keep him out of baseball for the rest of this season and the entire 2014 season. That's more than 200 games.
You don't care for the man or the ballplayer. Can't say I blame you.
Rodriguez's ticket to the Hall of Fame has been lost. It may never be found.
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