Reports coming out of New York say that Commissioner Selig and the MLB do not plan to issue any disciplinary action on New York Yankees starting third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The decision was made once the investigation was complete, this coming from “sources” in baseball with intimate knowledge of the situation.
Rodriguez did meet with officials from Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations and Labor Relations Department in March after he admitted to the steroid use. He claims the steroid use was from 2001-2003, but reports from the New York Times noted that Rodriguez might have used performance-enhancing drugs for a longer period, thus furthering the investigation.
When Selena Roberts came out with her book in April, more unflattering rumors surfaced that he was in possession of steroids as late as 2004.
Whether or not that is the case, the commissioner’s office had a difficult time coming to its conclusion. Baseball investigators have interviewed Angel Presinal, the Dominican trainer who has been banned from all MLB clubhouses, but the session did not provide much information. This because baseball has no power to compel witnesses outside of its organization to cooperate.
A-Rod’s attorney, Jay K. Reisinger, declined comment for the New York Times story.
Devon Teeple is an author for 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 is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Devon is a former student within Sports Management Worldwide’s Baseball General Manager Class. Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective and is a intern with The Football Outsiders and contributor with the Plymouth River Eels.
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