In a story freshly developing, and sure to flesh out over the next few hours and days, it is being reportedd that Alex Rodriguez is about to be threatened with banishment from playing in Major League baseball, forever. Stay tuned as reports are gathered and the truth pops through the hot churning rumor mills.
Formal word comes Thursday Friday, and includes 8 other suspensions, including certain recent opponents, but apparently not Bartolo Colon as we might have expected. "Not all of the players linked to Biogenesis in media reports face discipline, sources have told The News. Two former Yankees — Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon — will not be punished because they already have been suspended as a result of their links to Biogenesis and its owner, self-styled "biochemist" Anthony Bosch."
And, although we can expect appeals, remember that the players' union is going to let these people hang in the wind.
Note that there are some reports claiming that A-Rod and his lawyer have decided to sit down with Uncle Bud and work out a plea deal. Barring that best possible outcome, they will launch a nasty (albeit fatal) defense. Something must have Team A-Rod pretty scared, so perhaps the lifetime ban threat is real?
I would link to Yankee fan sites or the official MFY site for news and comment, but things are suspiciously quiet in that part of the baseball world at this time. I wonder how that 2009 WS title is looking now??
UPDATE FOX News is reporting that the ban would be invoked only if A-Rod chooses to fight the punishment they have planned for him already.