cialis 10mg coupon celebrex dosage 100mg cytotec order generic valtrex 1000mg generic synthroid doses order uk viagra 100 mg viagra price generic zoloft online when generic viagra lexapro 30 mg ocd lisinopril generic available propranolol 20 mg uses phenergan suppositories 25 mg taking 2 5mg levitra buy online strattera strattera 40 mg tratamiento viagra plus 50mg zithromax 500 mg sport cialis generic paypal buy viagra warszawa slideme buy cialis viagra online anavar augmentin 500 mg dosis generic cialis lowest bad generic cialis xenical 120 mg controindicazioni diflucan 150 mg kapseli obat propranolol 40 mg order viagra chemist viagra generic now generic zithromax online lexapro 20mg dosage 20 mg cialis dose viagra generico mastercard cialis 20 mg diskuze levitra 20mg wiki prednisone 2o mg buy viagra china order cialis me prezzo cialis 20mg lisinopril 2.5 mg e25 cialis superactive 100 mg cheap drugs viagra lasix 40 mgs generic cialis montreal cialis 36 hr mg clomid buy ireland thuoc glucophage 850mg 30 mg lexapro anxiety pfizer zoloft 50mg buy prednisone 50 mg generic viagra april 2012 zithromax posologie 900mg canadian viagra 100mg synthroid 0.5 mg cod generic cialis lexapro 10mg online levitra 20mg fass lisinopril 10 mg recall diflucan 250mg zithromax 250 mg annostus indiangeneric cialis generic viagra blueberry 100 efectos cialis 10 mg generic viagra vega buy cialis 5mg opiniones cialis 20 mg cialis 20mg cost viagra online real kamagra generic viagra combining 5mg cialis levitra 5mg bestellen cheapest viagra pharmacy lexapro 20 mg cena levitra 10 mg dispersable tetracycline hydrochloride 500mg strattera europe online kamagra 200 mg safe metformin 250 mg xr strattera 60 mg bestellen cytotec 200 online propranolol 40 mg tabletki vigorex 50mg viagra generic brand propecia hydrochlorothiazide 75 mg foros cialis generico generico do viagra 2012 generico al viagra buy zithromax nz viagra online poland prednisone 20mg online chinese cheap cialis buy zoloft sertraline buy propecia mumbai 200 mgs of viagra efectos lasix 20 mg buy celebrex now wellbutrin eating disorders 20 mg propranolol safe buying viagra alternatives augmentin 1000 mg dosierung levitra 10mg cialis professional generico pfizer 50mg viagra cheap cialis professional xenical australia online metformin generic brand eczane online viagra strattera drug generic clomid 150 mg zwanger generic wellbutrin walgreens beli generic priligy viagra 100mg original zovirax 800 mg iv strattera 60 mg yahoo levitra 10 mg opinie cipro 1000 mg yanetkileri xenical 120mg coupons buy clomid store lexapro authorized generic cialis 5 mg gr kamagra sklep online tetracycline wolff 500 mg cialis 20 mg pricing order zithromax powder nexium generic 80mg. lexapro online 5mg valtrex prescription online lasix 20mg tab viagra online sklep 100 mg viagra etkisi cialis 5 mg 28 comprimidos bupropion generic wellbutrin doxycycline 100mg sun generic propecia singapore zithromax 500 mg 2 tablets zithromax 1 mg 2 packets 5mg lexapro effective 2013 thuoc metformin 850 mg diflucan 100 mg generic propecia buy slovakia levitra generic problems levitra 40 mg paypal generico xenical orlistat viagra split 100 mg amoxil bd 850mg cipro 10mg efectos zithromax capsules 1000mg doxycycline buy paypal generic viagra when zithromax cheap canada levitra 5mg bayer prednisone 10mg tabs doxycycline 200mg cena cialis 2.5mg canada 250 mg liquid celebrex xenical online europe generic for zithromax nolvadex buy sydney buy viagra pessaries zithromax syrup 100 mg prednisone 20 mg ratiopharm generic lexapro lawsuits doxycycline 400 mg wiki clomid 50mg bleeding prednisone 20 mg benefits doxycycline 100mg eczema amoxil 875 mg dosage lisinopril tablets 2.5mg metformin 1000 mg dosierung buy cialis now cipro 600 mg iv buy internet cialis nexium mups 400 mg cialis online belgrade 25mg clomid triplets 40 mg strattera capsule glucophage 500 mg uk buy nolvadex 10mg generic wellbutrin sandoz zithromax buy canada cialis 5 mg online generic lexapro formulation lexapro 10mg emagrece zithromax 500 mg preis celebrex 200 mg prescription cost metformin 500 mg levitra purchase generic directions cialis 20mg lexapro 20 mg coupon cytotec 200 mg tab lexapro non generic cialis 100mg forum lisinopril generic tablets online propecia cheap buy levitra manila phenergan 12.5 mg im buy viagra site assunzione viagra 25 mg kamagra cheapest au lisinopril 5 mg purpose nexium 40 mg posologie 150 mg diflucan safe lisinopril 10 mg buy cialis 5mg online propecia online thailand is 150 mg viagra valtrex 500mg kosten generic viagra best levitra 20 mg talbet buy zithromax com generic cialis 10 omg lexapro 5 mg review augmentin vien 625mg generic cialis 75 mg normal cialis mg viagra online nas cialis farmacias online erythromycin creme buy kamagra 100mg uputstvo zithromax 500mg std viagra 100mg info nolvadex legal buy buy 10 mg nolvadex zithromax online paypal generic cialis women dapoxetine order wellbutrin 450mg medicamento buspar 10 mg glucophage 500 mg dosage erythromycin thiocyanate buyer nexium substitutes generic prednisone 5mg asthma cyprus buy viagra bactrim de 800 mg valtrex cheap online synthroid nombre generico hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg reviews 60 mg propranolol overdose viagra generico tipos lisinopril 1 mg buy cialis durban levitra generic40 mg lasix strengths 25mg lisinopril 20 mg celebrex 200 mg contraindicaciones metformin ordering sertraline zoloft generic doxycycline monohydrate generics cheapest priligy online diflucan pill 150 mg cialis 5mg czech buy xenical usa strattera generic release tranny generic viagra lisinopril 2.5mg cost nexium prospect 20mg zithromax online buy zovirax acyclovir 200mg generico del celebrex 2500 mg metformin viagra 20mg viagra y genericos cialis 20 mg 8 compresse nolvadex 20mg buy kamagra 200 mg dose buy viagra jhb clomid 50 mg testosterone cheapest cialis daily quantum cialis generica viagra buy sildenafil cialis 5mg effect 40mg cialis reviews zoloft generic online zithromax 500 mg vial 100 mg prednisone erythromycin tablets 250 mg celebrex 100 mg bijsluiter chepest 800 mg viagra 200 mg viagra dosage prednisone steroid 10 mg australia doxycycline 50 mg strattera cheap cialis online paypall buying cialis 20mg buy clomid dbol nexium generic pills propranolol 20 mg ansiedade prednisone purchase online hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg alcohol augmentin 875 mg prospect prix doxycycline 100 mg cipro generic cost xenical de 60 mg metformin hcl 250 mg xenical 120mg pret identifying generic viagra vardenafil generic levitra zithromax sachets 300 mg wellbutrin 200 mg reviews hungary buy cialis wellbutrin vs generic 5mg cialis cost prednisone 10mg dosage cialis 20 mg secable augmentin comprimate 875 mg cialis 10mg prices 15 20 mg lexapro ordering generic viagra levitra voucher online levitra online costco propecia 0.5mg malaysia strattera anxiety disorder glucophage order 10 mg generic levitra prednisone 5 mg pack 60 mg cialis viagra 100mg generic online cheap viagra cialis 5 mg montreal 200 mg clomid online zovirax prescription generic lisinopril zestril 20 mg doxycycline 250 mg capsule azitromicina zithromax 500mg 200 mg cialis tablets lexapro generic version2013 generic dapoxetine 60mg celebrex generic dosing tetracycline hcl 500 mg propranolol canada online viagra generic oregon wellbutrin generic alcohol kamagra jel 100mg 1700 mg of metformin clomid 200mg multiples metformin overdose 3000 mg 30mg prednisone day zithromax 500mg online cialis generic medication 1 mg prednisone safe propecia online legal 100 mg prednisone daily generic wellbutrin buy buy Cialis 10 cipro far 500mg generic canada cialis online viagra dubai wockhardt lisinopril 5mg cheap lisinopril hctz viagra compresse 100 mg cialis 20 mg 2 comprimidos synthroid 0.05mg tab buying viagra bangkok buy brand priligy phenergan 25mg tablets lisinopril 20 mg fainting generique levitra 20mg hydrochlorothiazide cap 12.5mg propranolol ratiopharm 40 mg cipro 750 mg 250 mg doxycycline acne glucophage 850 mg dosage cipro 500 mg prostat doxycycline capsules 50 mg generic levitra odt tadalafil 20 mg cialis cheap cialis canada cialis 10 mg foro levitra professional generico diflucan 150 mg uti buy cipro 500mg viagra online manly indian cialis online buy clomid medicine augmentin 500 mg generic buy doxycycline 150 mg chinese 200mg viagra order clomid online levitra 400mgs tablets nexium 40 mg tb buy viagra lincoln purchase generic clomid celebrex 200 mg pfizer kamagra 100 mg jelly cialis dosage 800 mg levitra generico uk cialis hungary 5mg nexium 40 mg prezzo celebrex 200mg cap amoxil 500 mg mims cost 120 mg strattera cheap lexapro 20 mg cialis online ireland viagra 50 o 100 mg propranolol wzf 40 mg viagra 100mg duration strattera 40 mg generic lisinopril 2.5 mg buy viagra online shipping zovirax tab 400 mg buy clomid england viagra 25 mg france cialis 20mg generika 25 mg zoloft sleepy viagra 50 mg cialis tadalafil 20 mg 30 buy cialis portugal buy levitra 5 mg buy kamagra online online original viagra reputable generic cialis blue lisinopril 10 mg viagra 200mg.com nexium 40mg patent cialis da 60 mg cialis 20 mg use experience generic valtrex cialis online london online purchase wellbutrin nexium 40mg instructions generica de xenical clomid 0.1 mg generic augmentin cost zithromax 500mg keterangan cipro 500 mg uses nexium 20 mg presentacion cialis 2 5 mg funziona viagra money order 50 mg viagra dosage erythromycin base 500 mg order viagra rx 5 mg dose lexapro 8 doxycycline 100mg generic zovirax canada order Cialis Jelly 20 clomid 150mg triplets hamilelikte augmentin 1000 mg viagra tablets 100mg citalopram 10 mg bactrim buy viagra order mail about diflucan 150 mg khasiat metformin 500mg kamagra 100mg montreal zoloft order cialis 10 mg originale cialis 40 mg india buy cialis 20 mg metformin 2250 mg valtrex 500 mg tabletten sevrage zoloft 50 mg herbal viagra 450 mg viagra paypal bbuy twins 150 mg clomid lasix 20 mgvia nebulizer canada generic lexapro generic diflucan online acheter viagra 50mg diflucan 100 mg uses cheap 40 mg levitra strattera 25 mg pret cheap 100mg viagra prednisone panafcort 5mg cialis 600 mg cialis generic kopen cialis 75 mg bactrim vs generic cialis 10 mg buy generic lexapro 20mg bought propecia online wellbutrin lawsuit generic cialis 2.5 mg usa clomid cost 100mg composicion cialis 5 mg xenical generico dosis buying valtrex uk reviews xenical 120mg cialis 2.5 cheap levitra generic availability cialis generic overnight cheapest viagra forum us cialis online generics for buspar alternative viagra online generic viagra italy buy doxycycline 2 weeks cialis tablet 10mg zithromax 500 mg 5 days orlistat xenical buy cialis 2.5 vs 5 mg propecia online hairlosstalk viagra online cluj buy viagra patpal cheapest clomid au levitra 20mg pills 20 mg doxycycline tablets cipro drug online cialis 5 eller 10 mg lexapro 20mg day
Home Maury Brown MLBPA Fighting A-Rod Suspension Really About Punishment Fitting the Crime

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 404 guests online

Atom RSS

MLBPA Fighting A-Rod Suspension Really About Punishment Fitting the Crime PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 49
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:44
A-Rod
Alex Rodriguez has the MLBPA in his corner, but it's likely over how long
his suspension is, not if he's deserving of one

UPDATE: According to The Associated Press, the MLBPA has formally filed a grievance in the Rodriguez case. He will continue to have his 211 game suspension stayed until Fredric Horowitz, the independent arbitrator, hears the case. According to the report, that will not be until November or December meaning that barring injury, Rodriguez will be allowed to play through the remainder of the 2013 season. - Maury Brown

+++++ +++++ +++++

On Thursday, MLB’s suspension of Alex Rodriguez kicks in, and at some stage the collectively bargained process around his rights to a grievance will officially start. An army of writers have spilled gallons of ink on the subject with the particulars around all the Biogenesis suspensions at the heart of it. Some have vilified baseball’s highest-paid player, while others have said that Bud Selig has done something that most thought impossible by making Rodriguez a sympatric figure. Out of the 14 players suspended, A-Rod will be the only one to file a grievance. The reaction by some has been, “You’re going to tell me 13 players said, ‘You caught me,’ but only one is going to say, he’s innocent?” In looking at the situation, that’s not what this appeal is all about. It’s about much more.

It’s not just A-Rod “fighting for his life” it’s about the MLBPA and assuring that the punishment fits the crime as defined by the jointly agreed upon drug policy. The league has said that they have a mountain of evidence, including “his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years.” To add, the league said, “Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation.” Based upon that, the suspension length reached subjectively by the league was 211 regular games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play. The ambiguity with which the suspension length was rendered is the concern of the MLBPA.

When questioned, Rodriguez would not deny he used the PEDs, but rather that he would have his day to make his case before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz (see The Most Important Man in Baseball You’ve Never Heard of). In reports prior to the suspension it was said that lawyers representing Rodriguez were willing to have him forgo the grievance if the league held to a 50 game suspension. That’s the issue. Not that he is, or is not, guilty. It’s about the length of the suspension.

The drug agreement goes into detail about how long suspensions should be, should a player test positive for PEDs. The league has decided that since the findings on the players involved in Biogenesis did not test positive, suspension lengths could vary. All but Ryan Braun and Rodriguez were slapped with 50 game suspensions. Braun, who tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in 2011, but had his case rescinded in 2012 over the handling of his sample was given a 65 game suspension. As one official put it, he was hit with 50 games for his first offense, and 15 games for lying, etc.

This is a slippery slope for the MLBPA, and for the first time in years brought out aggravation and a strong sense that labor peace is under strain. As MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner said of Rodriguez’ case, “we agree with his decision to fight his suspension. We believe that the Commissioner has not acted appropriately under the Basic Agreement.” To add an exclamation point on where the MLBPA has been in the past on fighting labor disputes, Weiner added, “ Mr. Rodriguez knows that the Union, consistent with its history, will defend his rights vigorously.“

The union, which also added that the players  have made it clear that they want a clean game and that they support efforts to discipline players, and harshly, to help ensure an even playing field for all, also is going to go to the mat to ensure that the process by which players are suspended doesn’t get back into the lordship that former commissioners such as Bowie Kuhn and Fay Vincent tried to conduct. What they’re ostensibly saying is, “You’re kidding. You want to take a player that’s never tested positive under the program, threaten through the media of a lifetime ban, and then throw the largest suspension ever on a player behind only Pete Rose and the Black Sox players at him? He might be guilty but we’ll fight you on the punishment.”

The MLBPA is in the right here. The league and Commissioner Selig are trying to make a strong statement, but this is shooting a gnat with a shotgun. In going so far over the top, they’ve not only harmed labor relations, they have a good chance of getting egg on their face. Horowitz is going to have a heck of a time reading the drug agreement and seeing anything within it that allows for such overstepping. He can see 50 games based on the agreement, but beyond that gets into areas that are not defined. A rational, subjective comment might be, “Sorry, Major League Baseball. You guys reached this agreement jointly with the union for the players. If you want it to go to the lengths that you want, try that in the next round of collective bargaining.”

Fans will likely not care about all this. On the face of it, A-Rod appears to be making a case for innocence and the MLBPA is supporting that. While that could be the case, it’s looking more and more about insuring MLB doesn’t turn into judge, jury, and executioner. That’s a larger issue that affects not only Alex Rodriguez, but all the players.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?