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A-Rod Suspension Set at 162 Games

A-Rod (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) and Bud Selig (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

After a long an arduous process A-Rod’s appeal of his suspension has finally been settled. Originally at 211-game ban, the suspension has been reduced to 162 games including the playoffs. It remains to be seen whether Rodriguez’s camp will take legal action to reduce the suspension ever further or even do away with it completely. With A-Rod’s suspension in place who are the winners and losers?

Winners

  • Bud Selig is clearly the biggest winner here. With the suspension upheld, albeit reduced, he showed that baseball is serious in taking PEDs out of the game. Selig is set to retire at the end of the 2014 season and he clearly wants to be remembered for cracking down on the use of PEDs in the game after baseball turned a blind eye for over a decade.
  • The Yankees are huge winners here as well. With A-Rod suspended they save a tidy sum of $24 million dollars, money that could be spent to fine a suitable replacement for A-Rod or to chase Masahiro Tanaka. With A-Rod suspended they also do not to deal with the inevitable distractions that come with having him around.
  • Masahiro Tanaka is someone else who will benefit from this suspension in a way. With the Yankees having money freed up they’re capable of driving up his price. While this is not a declaration that Tanaka will sign with New York, their financial might will certainly drive up his price.

Losers

  • Without question A-Rod is the biggest loser here. After vehemently denying his use of PEDs (after 2003) and fighting this suspension tooth and nail he still misses an entire season (not to mention $24 million). Beyond next years paycheck, missing a year severely hurts his chances of $30 million dollars in home run milestones ($6 million each for 660, 714, 755, and tying and breaking the home run record). I would say this also gave a hit to his reputation, but that is a lost cause already.
  • PEDs took a huge hit here and they have been taking hits for a while now. Baseball is clearly no longer turning the blind eye towards players now, and hopefully this a big step to getting them out of the game completely.
  • In a way, the Boston Red Sox are losers in this as well. With A-Rod suspended the Yankees now have more money to spend which could make them a more competitive team. As for Red Sox fans, they’ll miss out on booing A-Rod 9-10 times a year as well.

 

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