On Friday, Alex Rodriguez dismissed his case against Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, finally accepting his 162-game suspension. So now that Rodriguez is officially slated to come back in 2015–what does he do next?
Start Mending Relationships?
Rodriguez has all but burned the bridges between Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees and his “brothers” in the league. Rodriguez stated he has considered going into the world of broadcasting post-baseball, but it would seem unlikely unless he apologizes for his actions. It’s uncertain whether Rodriguez will ever be in good graces with the Yankees or his teammates again, but the truth is the Yankees need him and they are willing to wait until 2015 to see if he can still play third base at the age of 40. If Rodriguez does plan on mending his relationship with the Yankees, here’s some sound advice for him: drop the lawsuit against the Yankees MD. Trying to mend fences doesn’t include taking your employer to court.
Work Towards 2015
With Rodriguez not being able to play this season, this would now be a good time for him to mentally and physically prepare himself for the 2015 season. Rodriguez could find a league to play in for 2014, but he can’t go to Japan since Japan honors Major League Baseball suspensions. To keep it short and sweet, Rodriguez needs to play some form of baseball this year if he has any chance of being a productive player next season.
It’s an option for everyone else, but it’s not an option for A-Rod. Rodriguez wants his money from the Yankees and loves the game of baseball, despite doing more harm than good in the last couple of years. However, it’s still an option.
So this mini-chapter in the Alex Rodriguez may have ended but the story is far from over. The Yankees still have Rodriguez until 2017 and Major League Baseball won’t be able to get rid of Alex Rodriguez very quickly.