A-Rod And Major League Baseball Headed For Legal Collision

Major League Baseball really wants Alex Rodriguez to go away. So much so that the league is reportedly looking beyond the PED policy it agreed to with the players and toward the wide latitude of the collective bargaining agreement as its avenue of suspension.


Suspending him through the collective bargaining agreement rather than through the drug rules would allow MLB to keep Rodriguez off the field through any appeals process. The commissioner’s office could conceivably point to the CBA and suspend A-Rod for conduct that’s “materially detrimental to the best interests of baseball,” which could include, among other things, a “violation of federal, state or local law.” Examples could include A-Rod’s possible impeding of baseball’s investigation or recruiting other athletes to the Biogenesis lab, the source of his and other players’ troubles.


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