Maggie: Athletes aren’t supposed to use drugs that make them stronger or faster than their natural ability. And it is one reason why Major League Baseball is cracking down in a historic way. Keith Kocinski has the story.
Keith: It will be a long time, if ever, before Alex Rodriguez hears the cheers of fans again. A-Rod is facing a 162 game suspension the entire 2014 season. It is because he lost the case against him. He is accused of using performance-enhancing drugs and then trying to cover it up.
It is the longest suspension in baseball history for doping. Doping, or using performance-enhancing drugs, like human growth hormone or testosterone, is not allowed by Major League Baseball because it gives an unfair edge to athletes.
Clyde Pearson: The whole season? At his age? That’s severe. Because you know, you’ve only got a couple of seasons left.
Jay Grossman: I think he got what he deserved.
Keith: The Yankees released a statement that says they “respect Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the arbitration process, as well as the decision released”.
A-Rod said on Facebook: “The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one”.
Thirteen other players were suspended last summer as part of the doping investigation. Those players included Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who was suspended for 65 games. Also Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta were suspended for 50 games.
None of those come close to the 162 games Rodriguez faces, which is down from an original penalty of 211 games. The decision will cost Rodriguez just over $22 million. He plans to fight the decision in federal court, but time is running out. At age 38 with a string of injuries, his playing days may be numbered.
Keith Kocinski, Channel One News.