Alex Rodriguez‘s 162-game ban ends following the conclusion of the 2014 World Series, but once Rodriguez’s suspension ends there will be more uncertainty than before, especially with the possibility Rodriguez might not be free of his legal troubles with his connection to the Biogenesis doping scandal.
Rodriguez was handed a 211-game suspension in August of 2013 by commissioner Bud Selig. However, Rodriguez appealed the suspension and played for the second half of the 2013 campaign. An arbitrator eventually cut the suspension by 49 games, banning Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season as a result of Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic and it’s founder Anthony Boesch. Boesch was reportedly giving multiple baseball players, including Alex Rodriguez, performance enhancing drugs and now faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Boesch’s sentence is expected to be cut for his cooperation with Major League Baseball.
The New York Daily News went further into the situation, questioning whether Alex Rodriguez could actually be charged with his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
Whether or not Rodriguez will be charged in the federal Biogenesis case remains unclear. Prosecutors in the case have so far targeted suppliers and distributors, not users. But, as one source familiar with the case says, “(Rodriguez) was not just an end user.”
While the attorney of Yuri Sucarat, Rodriguez’s cousin, says Rodriguez is “home free” with the case, it’s possible the prosecutors could try to obtain more information from Sucarat during his trial. Sucarat pleaded not guilty for his involvement.
While there are pending legal troubles for Rodriguez, the New York Yankees are wondering if Rodriguez will be able to play third base at the Major League level, especially with him aging and taking a year off baseball. However, if Alex Rodriguez is possibly indicted for ..read more