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Is Alex Rodriguez Helping Or Hurting Himself By Speaking Out Against Major League Baseball Right Now?

Submitted by on November 21, 2013 – 10:48 amNo Comment

Alex Rodriguez did not use performance-enhancing drugs that were provided to him by Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch. He did not try to intimidate anyone who suggested that he did use PEDs provided to him by Bosch. And he did not tamper with any evidence in the case that MLB brought up against him earlier this year. He steadfastly denied all of those things yesterday. Only, he didn’t do it during his arbitration hearings in New York City. Instead, he went on WFAN in NYC and spoke with Mike Francesa about them and denied any wrongdoing as it pertains to Bosch.

“I did nothing,” he said. “About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing.”

Rodriguez did this because, earlier in the day, he stormed out of an arbitration hearing and later released a statement indicating that he was finished dealing with MLB with regards to Bosch. It seems Rodriguez is upset with the way that the hearings have gone and, specifically, he doesn’t understand why he is being forced to testify about his alleged PED use but MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is getting let off the hook and not being asked to take the stand. He feels as though they should both be required to testify, and he wants Selig to have to look him in the eye and tell him why he decided to suspend Rodriguez for 211 games back in August. In Rodriguez’s eyes, it’s the least that Selig can do at this point. And until he does it, he’s not going to take part in another arbitration hearing.

On the one hand, Rodriguez has a point. Selig should, at the very least, be at the arbitration hearings. He has suspended one of the biggest MLB players ever for 211 games, which is a huge deal. So he shouldn’t be shying away from taking part in his appeal of that suspension. But at the same time, Rodriguez has been dishonest about his PED use in the past. So at this point, him refusing to testify at his arbitration hearings is suspicious. It will lead a lot of people to assume that he’s doing what he’s doing right now because he doesn’t want to testify and be forced to tell the truth about his relationship with Bosch.

With that in mind, we really hope that Rodriguez has a plan here. Yesterday, he actually came across as a pretty sympathetic figure, a man fighting for his right to make a living playing baseball. But when you really step back and look at the situation, Rodriguez should be putting all of his time and energy into fighting MLB and Selig and proving that he did not use PEDs. So at some point in the near future, he needs to get back to doing that. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that his battle with MLB is going to get even more painful than it already is. And that’s not going to do much for his public perception—or his chances of playing for the New York Yankees again next year. Stay tuned to see what he decides to do next.

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