Major League Baseball's War On Drugs Is An Immoral Shitshow

Major league ballplayers should never have agreed to drug testing. They should have told any handwringing writer who had anything to say about it to fuck right off, and they should have said the same to any handwringing politician who wanted to do something about it. They should have made clear that they would go on… » 1/14/14 6:53pm 1/14/14 6:53pm

Get Ready To Endure Bud Selig's Season-Long Victory Lap

Remember when Mariano Rivera turned the 2013 baseball season into a goodbye tour of sorts, and everyone loved it because Mo is one of the most universally admired baseball players in history? Well now you're going to hate it forever, because it set in motion the worst idea ever: a Bud Selig goodbye tour. » 1/14/14 4:19pm 1/14/14 4:19pm

60 Minutes Presents The Case Against MLB

Not 36 hours after an arbitrator largely sided with MLB and pegged Alex Rodriguez's suspension at all of 2014, Bud Selig took a bizarre, televised victory lap. A double-length 60 Minutes segment that publicly (and for the very first time) laid out the evidence against A-Rod, featuring sit-down interviews with the… » 1/13/14 9:20am 1/13/14 9:20am

A-Rod Suspension: Where Does 162-Game Ban Come From?

With the news that Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension was reduced to 162 games by Fredric Horowitz, the independent arbitrator on MLB's three-person review panel, we are forced to once again ask where these numbers come from. Given the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Agreement's PED section—50 games for a first… » 1/11/14 3:08pm 1/11/14 3:08pm

Report: A-Rod Suspended 162 Games, Will Continue Fight In Federal Court

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended 162 games and it comes as little surprise to anyone, including A-Rod. The suspension was reduced from the original 211 games handed down by Major League Baseball, but A-Rod is still unhappy and continues to blast Bud Selig and MLB's behavior in the Biogenesis investigation. » 1/11/14 12:06pm 1/11/14 12:06pm

Alex Rodriguez Blasts MLB In Surprise Interview With Mike Francesa

After angrily storming out of his arbitration hearing this morning, Alex Rodriguez took his case to a sympathetic ear: Mike Francesa. In an intense and resolute interview on WFAN this afternoon, Rodriguez assailed Major League Baseball's investigation, bemoaned a system set up against the players, and for the first… » 11/20/13 5:06pm 11/20/13 5:06pm

A-Rod Storms Out Of Hearing, Says MLB Is "Full Of Shit"

The Alex Rodriguez Show rolls on! And gets better with every episode. Today, according to reports, Rodriguez swore, walked out of his arbitration hearing, and said he won't participate any more after it was ruled that Bud Selig would not have to testify. » 11/20/13 1:03pm 11/20/13 1:03pm

MLB Approves Instant Replay; Here's How It Will Work

At the owners' meetings in Orlando yesterday, MLB's 30 owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive instant replay system to be implemented for 2014. From a practical standpoint, this means we now have our first official description of what the system will look like. » 11/15/13 9:31am 11/15/13 9:31am

Bud Selig, The Commissioner Who Didn't Matter

There is a popular line of thinking among statistically minded baseball fans that declares the manager more or less irrelevant. In the course of 162 games, over tens of thousands of pitches, the impact of his strategic decision making is statistically negligible compared to the inherent quality of his players and luck. … » 10/23/13 3:40pm 10/23/13 3:40pm

Alex Rodriguez's Suit Against MLB Is The Year's Best Baseball Reading

Late last night, Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, accusing MLB and Bud Selig (specifically named as a defendant) of, and I'm quoting, "improperly marshal[ing] evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez, one of the most accomplished Major League… » 10/04/13 11:11am 10/04/13 11:11am

ESPN: Alex Rodriguez Will Be Suspended Through 2014 Season On Monday

The Bud Selig wingtip that has been hovering over Alex Rodriguez for months will finally fall on Monday, ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Andrew Marchand report, in the form of a suspension that will last into and "likely through" the 2014 season. » 8/03/13 8:41pm 8/03/13 8:41pm

A-Rod Is Negotiating With MLB Or Getting A 214-Game Ban. Who Knows?

Right now Alex Rodriguez is—depending on who you believe—either a dude trying to maximize his own leverage in a legal dispute with MLB and, implicitly, the New York Yankees, or a craven villain with whom the stout-hearted figures of central baseball are just plain tired of dealing. He may be engaged in tedious… » 8/03/13 6:00pm 8/03/13 6:00pm