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Selig Discusses MLB Suspensions As MLBPA Files Appeal On Behalf Of Rodriguez
Published August 8, 2013
PLAYING DURING THE APPEAL: In N.Y., Ken Davidoff notes Rodriguez by appealing the suspension is "increasing the likelihood he will be in a Yankees uniform for the duration of this season." The next step will come when MLB and the MLBPA "meet and determine a date for the hearing" (N.Y. POST, 8/8). The GLOBE & MAIL's Tom Maloney writes both MLB and the MLBPA "may have incentive to encourage a settlement" in Rodriguez' case. While the process is "confidential, so was baseball's investigation and it sprung widespread media leaks" (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/8). CBSSPORTS.com's Jon Heyman wrote MLBPA Exec Dir Michael Weiner "shouldn't be blamed here." The union is "cooperating to try to rid the game of drugs under his watch, and he should be commended for that after years of stonewalling from the previous union leadership" (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/7).
BAD SHOW: An Albany TIMES UNION editorial stated it is "pathetic" to watch Rodriguez behave "more like a crafty criminal defendant than a once-awesome ballplayer." The editorial: "Baseball isn’t a court. The niceties of civil liberties and due process, so essential in the real world, have a more limited application. It’s credibility beyond all suspicion that needs to prevail, not guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That means a demonstrable absence of cheating on the scale that steroids and other drugs allow" (TIMESUNION.com, 8/7).