As the days pass, we get more and more details about what went on in the days leading up to MLB decided to suspend Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season. Of course, you already know that Rodriguez has appealed and has the full backing of MLB Player’s Union head Michael Weiner in doing so.
What you may not know is that Weiner didn’t want Rodriguez to fight any suspension that was handed down by MLB. Weiner had a number of games in mind that he thought Rodriguez should take.
But when MLB handed down a stiffer penalty, Weiner had no choice but to back Rodriguez.
What keeps A-Rod hanging around is Bud’s Selig’s 211-game suspension, which the union considers draconian. It’s important to remember the union isn’t backing A-Rod’s cheating, its beef is with the penalty. In fact, the union would’ve advised A-Rod to accept this punishment if the commissioner had chosen a more modest 125-150 game verdict.
While speaking to Chris Russo on Sirius XM Tuesday, union chief Michael Weiner said, “There was a number that I gave A-Rod and we advised him to take it. He was never given that number.”
It’s not hard to drill down to the core of Weiner’s admission; he has seen the evidence against A-Rod and its troubling, if not overwhelming. That’s one reason the 12 other banned players caved so quickly on Monday – no one wanted to have Anthony Bosch’s documents broadcast on the 24-hour news cycle.
A-Rod, however, is on the doorstep of having his private correspondences with Bosch hit the airwaves. This cannot end well for him, or as Weiner said, “It’s a question of evidence and … based on the evidence that we saw we made a recommendation to Rodriguez. The commissioner’s office didn’t meet it. They were much higher. And therefore we’re at a hearing.”
So basically, if MLB would’ve just suspended Rodriguez for 150 games they would’ve forced him to make a tough decision. Does he fight it, like he said he would, without the backing of the union? Or does he take Weiner’s advice and accept the suspension.
Seems to me that this is the course MLB should’ve taken.