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Facing 200+ Game Suspension, Alex Rodriguez Plans To Play Against White Sox Anyway

By Jon Graef in News on Aug 4, 2013 9:10PM


Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees third baseman who faces a 215-game suspension at least for his role in the Biogenesis baseball scandal, plans to appeal the league's suspected suspension. Because Rodriguez will file his appeal immediately, he will be able to play the White Sox Monday when they start their three-game series against the Yankees.

And no doubt will he be greeted warmly by Chicago's robust sports fans.

Reuters reports:

Rodriguez is one of approximately 10 major league players who are expected to be punished Monday, but his suspension is the only one that reportedly will extend beyond the current season...

Rodriguez said Friday that he believes the Yankees and the league want him banned so they can avoid paying the $95 million left on his contract. That reportedly infuriated commissioner Bud Selig as Rodriguez's attorneys were seeking to negotiate with MLB to trim the length of the suspension.

That appeal could be heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz sometime in the next three weeks.

The news should be of no surprise, considering Rodriguez's remarks to ESPN:

"I'm flying to Chicago," Rodriguez said after completing his two-day rehab stay with Double-A Trenton. "I can't wait to see my teammates. I feel like I can help us win and I haven't seen a lot of my brothers in a long time.

Best of luck with that there plan, champ. Then again, with the Sox's fortune as of late, A-Rod may not need it.