NEW YORK —
In addition, MLB may try to suspend Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would lead to the suspension starting before the appeal.
Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun was the first player to reach an agreement with MLB. The 2011 NL MVP accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension last week. Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011 but a 50-game suspension was overturned the following February by an arbitrator who ruled Braun’s urine sample was handled improperly.
Rodriguez faces the harshest penalty. The Yankees expected him to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB’s investigation, and not being truthful with MLB in the past when he discussed his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada.
“A-Rod was my teammate in New York. I’m glad he was my teammate,” retired pitcher Roger Clemens said Tuesday in Boston, where he was at Fenway Park to mark the 25th anniversary of manager Joe Morgan’s team that won the 1988 AL East title.
“I did things to make him feel comfortable. I did that for all of my teammates,” Clemens said. “I think I was a pretty solid teammate.”
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was acquitted last year of federal charges he lied to Congress when he said he didn’t take steroids or human growth hormone.
Clemens would not give his thoughts on MLB’s Biogenesis investigation.
“I’ve got my own feelings on particular people in MLB, you know, how they approached my situation,” he said. “I don’t know about it, and I don’t care about it, to tell you the truth.”