Sunday, January 12, 2014

On A-Rod and What Constitues a 162-Game Suspension

It's nice to see A-Rod suspended again. That said, note the lead, which that reads (emphasis added): "Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who reduced the New York Yankees third baseman's ban from 211 games to 162 for his involvement in Major League Baseball's Biogenesis scandal."

The "162 games" clause leaves me asking two questions, involving scenarios that happen from time to time in MLB:

1) What if the Yankees have a game rained out at the end of 2014 season and it doesn't get made up, resulting in Yankees playing only 161 games? Does this mean A-Rod is also suspended for the first game of 2015 season?

2) What if, at the end of the season, Yankees are tied for the final playoff spot with another team, necessitating a one-game playoff to determine which team receives the postseason berth. For statistical and standings purposes, MLB recognizes such one-game playoffs as a 163rd regular-season game. Does this mean A-Rod gets to participate in the one-game playoff, and then, should the Yankees win, has to be re-suspended for the playoffs?

Nice job, MLB. As usual, you have a way of screwing up everything.

1 comment:

  1. The Yankees are supporting the MLB. They don't want him there.