In breaking news, Alex Rodriguez has dropped all lawsuits against MLB, the MLBPA, and Bud Selig. This means that ARod will accept his suspension of the entire 2014 season to include the playoffs.
This is probably the smartest thing ARod has done in years. He basically had a choice – fight the suspension and sue everyone or accept his punishment and hope to one day play again. He could either be Ryan Braun and the other players associated with Biogenesis who took their punishment quietly or he could be Barry Bonds and Pete Rose who fought tooth and nail, issuing denial after denial after denial (and in Rose’s case, it was denials for almost 20 years and he’s still not allowed near the game).
Thankfully, with ARod withdrawing the lawsuits on Friday, this brings the Biogenesis saga and scandal to a close. Now the Yankees, MLB and even Bud Selig can move on.
Will ARod ever play in MLB again? I don’t think so. He will be almost 40 by the time his suspension is up and he’s been a shell of his former self for years but I’m sure someone out there (if the Yankees can somehow get out from under that contract) will give him a shot as a DH/platoon third baseman somewhere.