- Jul 14, 2005
Harry Hooper said:
re the bolded, on what basis? The established penalty for a first-time PED infraction is 50 games. The MLB penalty (if any applies) for all the other things Rodriguez may have been involved in seems to be much more murky.
Edit: There is also the Melky Cabrera precedent of only getting 50 games despite coverup/interference behavior.
Hawks beat me to it. When MLB announced the ban, they specifically said it was for interfering with the investigation. Granted, it's just a press release, but whatever formal notice they send A-Rod of the ban should outline what the ban is for, at least in broad strokes.
Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years," Major League Baseball said in a statement. "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."
I'm not sure if they're privately assessing a fixed number of days per theory of discipline. Technically, I suppose that they could argue it's not a first offense, but a "multiple years" long offense. So it could be all days but one for the JDPTP or all days but one under the BA.
Hence my thinking the year ban is reasonable. I mean you should at least get banned for greater number of days than you used the drugs for, right? You should get more than 50 days if you attempted to help 12 players escape their 50 day suspensions (sum total 600 days).
A-Rod's getting less time on his ban than either.