Alex Rodriguez is facing the longest possible suspension, due to performance enhancing steroids, in MLB history. Yet, he is looking to reduce the sentencing by damaging MLB’s investigations credibility, by linking its head of investigations to a sexual affair with a worker at a drug clinic under investigation. Rodriguez’s suspension is set for 211-games, more than a full season of play that some experts say may put an end to the slugger’s career, making it of extreme importance for Rodriguez to drastically cut his sentence.
However, Rodriguez’s chances of returning to elite form took a hit when the 38-year-old Yankee walked out of his arbitration meeting calling the entire process “a farce.”
On Wednesday, Rodriguez sat down with New York City radio legend, Mike Francesa for an extended interview. Rodriguez reported on the show that Dan Mullin, who formerly was a New York City police officer before acting as head of baseball’s investigations department, admitted to being in a sexual relationship with a woman at the Biogenesis clinic. The woman has been identified as Loraine Delgadillo, she is no longer with the company.
“The guy who is the chief police guy, MLB investigations, Dan Mullin admitted to having sex with a girl, in the first two weeks, was a primary witness,” Rodriguez announced on the show. That was not the only piece of information Rodriguez was unhappy about however. He is also upset that commissioner Bud Selig will not have to testify in front of the arbitrator.
Rodriguez’s complaints, as well as his abrupt exit from the meeting has not changed public opinion for the third baseman in the eyes of the sportswriters and the eyes of the fans as he fights to save his career.
Esteemed columnist Mike Lupica penned a lengthy indictment of Rodriguez’s behavior yesterday, titled “Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez finds enough blame for everyone but himself.” In the article Lupica points out how A-Rod went on national television and told Katie Couric that he had never taken steroids when he had played for the Rangers. That instance has since been confirmed and now another charge is brought against Rodriguez which he again denies. “You know the old line on this one, from Bob Arum: Yesterday Alex was lying, today he’s telling the truth,” Lupica wrote.
Lupica also claimed A-Rod was playing to the cheap seats by only being concerned with himself and public opinion of his case. The New York Daily News did not paint his recent exploits in a more favorable light, putting on the cover of their magazine “Mike and the Mad Fraud,” a reference to Francesa’s normal radio program, Mike and the Mad Dog.
The coming weeks could prove impactful on Rodriguez’s future. If the confirmation of Mullin’s sexual relationship does not severely affect Rodriguez’s case we may have seen his last plate appearance in the majors, or at least for a very long time. If it does turn towards A-Rod’s favor then perhaps he will be on the field next year. One thing seems certain however. Despite A-Rod’s pleading, his approval rating in New York is dismally low right now and fans and general managers alike may not be willing to pay out the value of appearance, he was once worth.
By Nick Manai