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?
- 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.