Sources: MLB Players Association would expel Alex Rodriguez – if it could
While Major League Baseball Players Association player representatives overwhelmingly agreed that Alex Rodriguez
should be kicked out of the union during a 90-minute conference call the day he sued the MLBPA, union leaders said
they could not legally pursue his expulsion, three sources on the call told Yahoo Sports.
On a conference call of perhaps 40 players and board members held Jan. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., outraged union
members repeatedly requested that Rodriguez be expelled, sources said. Following a roll call of players present on the
line, according to one participant and another familiar with the call, the first player to speak asked bluntly:
Can we kick him out of the union?
Advised by union leadership that was not possible, more players nonetheless expressed the same opinion. Not a single
member defended Rodriguez, one player said, in a forum where there are frequent disagreements.
"That's what everyone was thinking," the player said. "We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,]
‘This is our game and we don't want you in it.'"
Alex Rodriguez Could Coach Summer League Team
For $5K, Free Coffee And Donuts
Alex Rodriguez has a chance to get back into baseball. It’s just not the level of baseball
he’d probably prefer.
The Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced Thursday that
they are willing to offer an assistant coaching job to the suspended New York Yankees
third baseman, promising him a modest salary and free baked goods.
“We can offer him $5,000 for the season,” Titans general manager Joey Abis told The
Register Citizen. “The Donut Station has offered him free coffee and donuts for the entire
Alex Rodriguez drops lawsuits
Suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez abandoned his fight against
Major League Baseball on Friday, dropping his lawsuit for tortious interference in U.S.
District Court in Manhattan.
Rodriguez also withdrew lawsuits against commissioner Bud Selig and the Major League
Baseball Players Association, putting an end to his battle to overturn an unprecedented
211-game suspension in connection with baseball's Biogenesis investigation that was
reduced last month to 162 games plus the 2014 playoffs by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
Rodriguez' attorney, Joe Tacopina, confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that a notice of
voluntary dismissal was filed in the cases Friday afternoon. No explanation was given
and no further details were provided.
Sources told ESPNNewYork.com in recent days that Rodriguez had been considering
dropping the lawsuits for several reasons, not the least of which was the anticipated
$10 million it would cost him in legal fees to continue his fight to play baseball in 2014.
Rodriguez is already losing $25 million in salary during his suspension.
Also, sources told ESPNNewYork.com that Rodriguez was seeking to reconcile with
baseball in hopes of continuing to work in the industry once his playing days are over.
His contract with the Yankees runs through 2017 and he has told confidantes he has
every intention of returning to the field in 2015.
Tony Bosch surrenders to DEA
WESTON, Fla. -- A year to the day that Major League Baseball handed down more than a dozen
suspensions in the Biogenesis scandal, highlighted by that of embattled slugger Alex
Rodriguez, federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducted an early Tuesday
morning roundup that led to charges against the former clinic's founder, Anthony Bosch,
and others tied to his operation.
Shortly after 6 a.m. ET, federal agents began driving up with the handcuffed suspects at the
DEA regional office on the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale. Bosch and his attorney drove
to the DEA office to surrender. Several of his associates with ties to the anti-aging/wellness
business were picked up at their homes in the predawn hours and brought in for processing.
According to Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville, Bosch was one of 10 people arrested
Tuesday as part of a two-year Operation Strikeout investigation.
Federal sources said Bosch, 50, had reached a deal to plead guilty to conspiracy to
distribute anabolic steroids between October 2008 and December 2012. He was led in a
DEA vehicle to the U.S. District Courthouse in Miami after being processed in Fort Lauderdale.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Miami scheduled a news conference for later Tuesday to detail
the charges as part of what it called "Operation Strikeout."
Among those arrested Tuesday was Yuri Sucart, the cousin of Alex Rodriguez.
Sources told "Outside the Lines" that MLB players and other pro athletes are not the focus of
the federal investigation; rather, authorities focused solely on potential illegal activities involving
Bosch and other associates.
Report: Alex Rodriguez Admitted To Steroid Use In DEA Confession
Alex Rodriguez finally has admitted what everyone suspected for so long: He did in fact use steroids.
The Miami Herald reviewed a 15-page synopsis of a meeting Rodriguez had with the Drug Enforcement
Administration in which he admitted everything.
Rodriguez was granted immunity and admitted to buying performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis.
Rodriguez also admitted to paying $12,000 per month to Anthony Bosch, who owned the clinic. Bosch
gave Rodriguez syringes for hormone injections, Rodriguez admitted, according to the Miami Herald.
According to the report, Rodriguez ultimately reported to purchasing testosterone cream, testosterone
lozenges and human growth hormone injections.
The reported admission comes after Rodriguez has reportedly denied any sort of PED use.
Rodriguez was slapped with a 162-game suspension prior to the 2014 regular season over PED accusations.
He shot back at Major League Baseball after being handed that suspension.
“This is one man’s decision that was not put before a fair and impartial jury,” Rodriguez said at the time,
“does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the
terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that
would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.”