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SBD/January 20, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Welcome To The 21st Century: MLB Continues To Garner Praise For Expanded Replay
Published January 20, 2014
UNION UNREST? In N.Y., William Rhoden asked, "When will baseball, which only belatedly acknowledged its role in creating the steroid era, take its medicine?" Suspended Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez could "continue pushing back against baseball’s assault on players’ rights and, at the same time, galvanize a once powerful, but lately listless, players union." MLB's "pursuit of Rodriguez was aimed as much at exploiting a vacuum of leadership in the union as at targeting a cheat" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/18). ESPN.com's Tim Keown wrote under the header, "Taking Credit Where It Isn't Due." It is "nearly laughable for MLB, which conducted itself like a rogue agency, to expect backslaps for its work on the Biogenesis front," and it is "even more laughable for it to initiate the slapping." If Selig can "convince enough people that nailing A-Rod's skin to the wall makes him the conquering hero of PEDs, good on him" (ESPN.com, 1/17).
PLAYERS' BEST INTEREST: In Boston, Nick Cafardo wrote MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark is "asserting himself as a formidable replacement for the late Michael Weiner." Clark has "taken a strong stand on A-Rod concerning his suit against the union, and is also holding off approving instant replay because MLB has sprung a few extras into the proposal for which he needs player approval" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/19).