A-Rod Won’t Wear Yankee Pinstripes Again

NEW YORK – The New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez promised on July 25 to stop fighting. No more name-calling. No more accusations and condemnations.
And no more secret doctors, mysterious MRI results, media blitzes and whispers about committing fraudulent acts.
The peace treaty lasted, oh, for about two hours. That was roughly the span between Rodriguez and the Yankees issuing play-nice statements and Rodriguez picking up the telephone and calling good friend Mike Francesa of WFAN for a brief interview.
Rodriguez was asked point-blank, do you trust the Yankees?
“I’d rather not get into that, Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez instead reminded everyone, once again, that he is healthy. He’s ready to play. And he’s willing to jump on a plane right now and play third base tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Yet, he says the Yankees just won’t let him, and that his attorney is documenting absolutely everything the Yankees are doing.
If nothing else, after yet another dizzying day of statements, accusations and denials, we finally do have clarity.
Alex Rodriguez will never again play for the New York Yankees. Certainly, not if the Yankees can help it.
It doesn’t matter that the Yankees’ third basemen are hitting .217 with four homers all season. It doesn’t even matter that this collection of third basemen has all of the charisma and star power as ballpark peanut vendors.
They don’t even want Rodriguez as their designated hitter. The Yankees are on the verge of acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs for a minor-league pitching prospect, according to a club official involved in the trade talks who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the deal is not finalized.
Soriano will now be their DH.
The Yankees would rather fly the Boston Red Sox’s World Series flags at Yankee Stadium than see Rodriguez step on the field again.
The Yankees are disgusted by him. They want him out of their lives. And they want Major League Baseball to suspend Rodriguez into eternity.
The Yankees no longer are concerning themselves with the race to win the American League East, but the race to see whether Commissioner Bud Selig can banish Rodriguez before he gets healthy.
The suspension is coming. And it’s going to be a whopper. Rodriguez will be suspended a minimum of 100 games, maybe even 150 games, possibly even longer.
The MLB investigators believe they got him, just like they nailed Ryan Braun, with notebooks filled with evidence from Biogenesis director Anthony Bosch.
Rodriguez plans to fight. He vows to appeal any suspension, battling right to the end, waiting for a decision rendered by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. And the idea of a delay terrifies the Yankees.
Major League Baseball can accuse Rodriguez of being a serial doper, introducing dozens of players to Biogenesis, and even attempting to destroy all of the evidence with suitcases full of cash.
Yet, as long as Rodriguez appeals any suspension, and he insists he will since he denies all allegations, there’s nothing the Yankees can do about it.
Rodriguez, and any other player charged with performance-enhancing drug ties to Biogenesis, have until 20 days to file a grievance. Horowitz has 25 days to render a decision, longer if other players are suspended before Rodriguez. And while everyone sweats out the appeal process, Rodriguez is permitted to play.
And no one can stop him. But, oh, the Yankees can sure try.