Longoria: A-Rod shouldn’t be on the field

Top-evan-longoria-memorabilia-featuredThere was a time where it didn’t matter what a guy did in terms of breaking the rules in baseball, you didn’t give your opinion. The union was the voice for the player in question. That’s no longer the case, as many Major League Baseball players continue to speak out against those that allegedly used performance-enhancing drugs which came from the Miami-based clinic called Biogenesis. Specifically, Alex Rodriguez.

Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria is not the least bit pleased that A-Rod is getting an opportunity to continue playing as the appeals process goes on, and said so very publicly in a podcast with Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina:

I don’t think it’s fair for the other teams, because I’m in the American League East. Whether he is 100 percent or not, whether his mind is where it needs to be or not, he can affect the game in a positive way. He can affect the game in a tremendous way, which is being in the lineup. In a pennant race, he’s a guy you don’t want in the lineup. Looking at it from that perspective and that perspective only, I don’t think it’s fair that we can’t have an arbitrator hear the case sooner.

If you get in a bench clearing brawl and a guy punches another guy and is ejected from the game and gets a 10-game suspension, you appeal that and it’s heard in the next three weeks. You either get 10 games or six games or whatever. I don’t understand why that process can’t happen for this.

I pick up what Longoria is putting down, but this is the process that was collectively agreed to by MLB and the MLBPA. While Longoria may be right in the unfair advantage that A-Rod could give to the Yankees, you can’t fault the guy for fighting a suspension that is four-times longer than anyone else received. If someone was wrongly punished, would it be fair for them to sit out several games? Certainly not. This is as much of a rule as anything else.

I would venture a guess that at some point today, if not already, Longoria received a call from Michael Weiner, the director of the MLBPA. He will be told to keep his mouth shut, as he discredits the union with these types of words. In the past, the non-steroid users didn’t want testing, and fought alongside guys they knew were juicing. The MLBPA has always been known to be the strongest of all the sports unions, but all the anonymous comments and vocal ones like Longoria will create cracks in it, and that cannot happen.

  • cbh49er

    Yankees playoff hopes are dead anyway, so it doesn’t matter.

    • Arthur Deal

      It really does not matter what a so called super star does, MLB management doesn’t have the gumption to judge everyone equally for the same infraction. Big name stars should receive the same as less known players. I watch and/or attend fewer games each year just because of the unequal treatment between super stars and less know ones. No matter what the major league sport is, the rules for their sport should be for everyone not just the pampered few.

  • KEITH

    AGREE WITH LONGORIA 100 %

  • John

    Right on, Rays man!

  • Harold

    Longoria should be tested tomorrow, because the complainers are usually guilty too

  • brianc6234

    I blame the players for all of this. Years ago they could have cleaned up this mess but they wouldn’t vote for it. Hey Longoria, get all the clean players together and have a vote. Get tough on cheaters. How about a full year suspension for first offense and second is a lifetime ban?

  • Tommy2cat

    In addition to harsher time banishments, baseball should institute a very harsh forfeiture component because the money ball players gain for increased performance is an ill-gotten gain – a proceed of a crime.

    Forfeiture statutes in criminal actions will subject property, whether it’s money, a car or some other object, to forfeiture if it’s an instrumentality or a proceed of a crime.

    The same principal should apply in baseball, which is syphoning billions of dollars from fans. Basically, give it back!

  • Dan G

    A PEDless Alex Rodriguez is of no value to the Yankees. I am pleased he is occupying a spot on their roster and more so when Girardi runs him out there to occupy the third base position.

    This saga could end abruptly with his release WHEN management figures out keeping this lodestone is costing the team more than the salary they need to eat.