Washington Senators 2B Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the remainder of the 2011 ULB Regular Season for a violation of the ULB Wellness Policy. The 35 year old star was hitting .204 in 14 games in his 3rd season with the Senators.
Commissioner Greenberg ordered the suspension based on what has been described as overwhelming evidence that Rodriguez not only obtained illegal performance-enhancing substances from the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida, but also sought to hinder their investigation into those allegations.
In a statement, the 35-year-old Rodriguez proclaimed his innocence and said he would appeal the decision in a federal court, even though courts rarely overturn arbitrator’s decisions involving collectively bargained contracts.
“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court,” he said in the statement. “I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by ULB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.”
The trade deadline passed quietly tonight as contenders opted to bear down rather than buy any of the more expensive rental pieces on the market. Teams will now utilize trade waivers to attempt to move pieces on the board up until September 1st. While several big pieces remained on the board, teams were likely unwilling to spend big bucks for two months of Frank Thomas or Alex Rodriguez. With a new GM just installed in St. Paul, teams will likely look to see what new GM Daren Landers will do with his new Saints ballclub. Boston will likely still be attempting to move expensive vets, even as they creep up the standings into Wild Card territory. And it’s anyone guess what teams like Jersey City and Portland will look to do.
The ULB Trade Deadline is August 1st, meaning that the Trade deadline is now just 15 days away. Teams have until midnight on August 1st to complete any and all trades without first passing players through waivers. Here’s what we know right now:
- The Phoenix Fire are known to be looking for another bat, and may possibly be in the market for a starting pitcher to further solidify their rotation for the playoff run.
- The Boston Colonials are actively shopping ace pitcher Curt Schilling and DH Frank Thomas. They are obviously sellers at this point.
- The Oklahoma City RedHawks are looking for Relief Pitching, with some interest in possibly adding a Starter. They have a lengthy list of hitters available on the trade market, with the biggest being outfielder Dernell Stenson and catcher Michael Barrett.
- The Charlotte Eagles are shopping their top starter in Chan Ho Park, and one of their better bats in Jason Kendall.
- The Jersey City Giants have moved several of the big pieces, could Alex Rodriguez be next? Eagles Owner Michael Jordan recently expressed interest in trading for A-Rod.
- The Salt Lake City Bees are looking for an impact bat. They have a vast array of prospects available.
- The San Jose Jedi were actively shopping centerfielder Mike Delchamp earlier this year, but it’s unknown if they are still willing to part with him. If they decide to be an active seller at this point, look for them to make waves.
Here are your starters for the 2004 Union League Baseball All Star Game, which will be held in Sunny San Jose, home of the Jedi. Skywalker Stadium will host the All Star Game for the 2nd time. Last time the ASG was in San Jose, the Crickets Hall of Famer Michael Jordan won that game for the Players League with a Walk off Home Run. Who will provide the fireworks in 2004?
LIGHT SIDE (Players League)
- C Brian Horner, BRO
- 1B Stefan Bailie, COL
- 2b Jose Vidro, OKC
- 3b Gary Sapp, BOS
- SS Brett King, BRO
- OF Shannon Carter, STP
- OF Kevin Forbes, BOS
- OF Ichiro Suzuki, LV
- OF Juan Morales, OKC (Won FL Vote)
- DH Kenneth Payne, PHO
- SP Andy Yount, PHO
- RP Scott Williamson, BOS
DARK SIDE (Federal League)
- C Eric Christopherson, SJS
- 1B Derek Baker, SJS
- 2B Jason Moore, LAS
- 3B Brian Sutter, HOU
- SS Alex Rodriguez, JC
- OF Daylan Holt, BUF
- OF Anduw Jones, WAS
- OF Albert Pujols, HOU
- DH Adam Dunn, HOU
- SP Roy Halladay, POR
- RP Rhett Parrott, SLC
Reserves will be announced later today once the Jedi Council decides who will oppose the forces of Darth Timms and the Federal League. May the Force be with you and don’t forget to go see Star Wars, Episode II Attack of the Clones back in theaters nationwide for a limited time.
Two years ago Jersey City GM/Manager Ryan Huff was on top of the of the world. He had five straight first place finishes and two ULB Cups. Huff was the hottest thing on the block and was rumored to have offers from multiple MLB teams. Instead he chose to stay with the man that gave him his first legitimate opportunity in professional baseball, Mr. Donald Trump.
Now the Giants find themselves as one of the biggest questions marks in the ULB. After back to back 70 win seasons with no real shot at the post-season Trump’s patience is growing thin. Any real baseball fan will know that all of this cannot fall on Huff’s shoulders. The freak injury that happened to Alex Rodriguez and left him with post-concussion syndrome for the greater part of those two seasons is something that no team can prepare for.
In an exclusive with The Times of Trenton Huff aired out all the dirty laundry and the panties too. Huff stated that “Don is one of the smartest men I know but at the same time he is a horrible communicator. If he has a problem with the direction of this team then needs to say it to my face and not behind my back. When your superstar player that makes up a third of the teams salary goes down for that long what can he expect me to do? Frankly I am sick and tired of his bad hair, fake tans, and unpredictable personality.”
“We had a good run but now it is time to look towards the future and start another streak. You need to set expectations at a realistic level. Don tells me every season to go out there and win the championship. Winning it all should be a goal and not an expectation.”
The future is looking good in Jersey City though as they won the first pick in this years draft lottery.
Mr. Trump’s representatives had no comment on the situation.
Alex Rodriguez’s long road back to the diamond is nearly complete. Rodriguez has not played since 8/11/2001 when he was hit in the head with a fastball from Ryan Anderson of the Washington Generals. The hit left A-Rod unconscious, and doctors feared he could die at one point that night.
“They drilled a hole in my head to get the swelling to go down.”
Rodriguez does not remember the pitch. Nor does he remember the game. The last thing he recalls is getting on a plane in San Antonio with the team to travel to Washington for a 3 game set with the Generals. Rodriguez took the hit to the head in the 3rd game of that series. He was out for 2 days while doctors kept an eye on the swelling in his brain.
Anderson’s pitch was clocked at 101 MPH.
“I’ve seen it. It’s surreal. It’s like it happened to someone else.”
Then in March Doctors told him he probably wouldn’t be able to play again due to the constant migraines. Rodriguez admits he remembers getting in the car that day. He doesn’t remember the crash.
“I drove into a barrier on the turnpike. I had a migraine attack. It was bad. I thought I was dead. I fractured my skull.”
Doctors once again told Rodriguez to put any thoughts of baseball to rest.
“The brain is a tricky thing. They thought I would have to live with the migraines forever. I was devastated for about 2 months. But I started to feel better. The Migraines were less frequent. I could do things without feeling like I was going to throw up. I remember thinking. Maybe. And I wanted this. I wanted it so bad.”
Now, over a year after Ryan Anderson threw that fastball, Alex Rodriguez is set to put on a baseball uniform again. It might not be a Jersey City Giants Uniform. Instead, Rodriguez will likely head to Nashville to begin a rehab assignment with the Sounds. A-Rod has September 4th circled on his Calender. That’s the day after Nashville’s season ends. Also on that day, A-Rod will hope to come full circle and play for the Jersey City Giants in the 3rd game of their series with the Washington Generals.
Rodriguez wasn’t cleared to pick up a bat until July. He insists he was been doing what he can, and says he’s been working out off the field.