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Union head: No issues with A-Rod going forward



TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Union head Tony Clark says the players' association has no issues going forward with suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and the players' association in January in an effort to overturn a season-long suspension, then dropped the lawsuit this month. Rodriguez initially was suspended for 211 games in August by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, and the union filed a grievance to overturn the discipline. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz shortened the penalty after a hearing the three-time AL MVP claimed was flawed.

"The page has been turned," Clark said Monday after holding the union's annual spring training meeting with Yankees' players.

Rodriguez was among 14 players suspended last summer following MLB's investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned substances. He was the only player to contest his penalty.

"I'm comfortable with the process that is in place," Clark said. "A player has an opportunity to go through the process as one of the players did. Others decided not to go through the process."

Rodriguez will be 39 when eligible to return next year and has three seasons and $61 million left in his record million, 10-year contract with the Yankees.

Clark has not talked with Rodriguez since the litigation against the union was dropped on Feb. 7.

"Alex is a member of the player's association," Clark said. "He will serve the penalty that he's been given by the arbitrator, and he will come back in spring training ready to go wherever that happens to be. He's under contract with the Yankees. I would expect him to be in camp with the Yankees. Am I concerned about anything beyond that? No."

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selby77 February 25 2014 at 4:12 PM

I don 't want my kids to watch a player who takes drugs ,He is not a good example for our kid's today. I say ban him from Baseball for ever.

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dan_crabtree February 25 2014 at 3:33 PM

As a reasident of many 1950's base ball games i can assure we had no idea what performance inhancing drugs were in those days...I did know what penicillen was and is..that was about the extent of my knowledge on any drugs...

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bckari February 25 2014 at 3:16 PM

I'd rather see A-Clod ride off into the sunset, on his bicycle, with Lance Armstrong.

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jdu7155024 February 25 2014 at 2:54 PM

Baseball allows the hiring of cheaters e.g. Bonds & McGuire. Yet Pete Rose is shunned. Mske no sense whatsoever. What is worse may I ask

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bzzzbayte February 25 2014 at 2:54 PM

THROW THE DIRTY BUM OUT OF BASEBALL

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driver one February 25 2014 at 1:52 PM

a-rod should be boycotted at every oppurtunity.he has failed baseball fans everywhere. yankees must not put him back on the field. bench him for rest of contract or trade him.

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jp1863 February 25 2014 at 1:49 PM

....I've said this before.......Alex should be allowed to play in 2014, leading the ALL DRUG MLB EXTRAVAGANZA !!!!!!! HOLY COW !!!!.......can you imagine the REVENUE baseball could generate with UNLIMITED STEROID USE !!!!!! 800 foot home runs !!!!.....hitters being BEANED by 200mph fastballs....the SOUND of CRACKING SKULL BONES !!!!!!......LET THE GAMES BEGIN !!!!!
......I don't know about YOU !!!!.....but I WOULD SHELL OUT THE CASH to witness ROID RAGED players giving the Umps a good ole fashioned BEAT DOWN !!!!....or, too see puny 140 lb. short stops hit MASSIVE, TOWERING HOMERS out of the stadiums, only to ASSAULT the network interviewers after the game .......in 3D,HD, and Surround Sound !!!!!!!!............THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT !!!!......

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cvanac8550 February 25 2014 at 12:42 PM

I wish he woud just hang it up. He made plenty of money ...if he wasn't such a jerk he would have made a ton more in endorsements. He should never have gone to the Yankees..I think he couldn't handle the adoration the fans showed Jeter,Rivera,Pettite,Posada. It's just not the same for hired talent brought in from other teams. Granted he does work hard at playing the game but he's got a loose screw somewhere.........

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tc21936 February 25 2014 at 2:40 PM

I am totally ignorant as to what exactly ARod did? I really do not follow baseball all that much. As I said I'm ignorant. What did he do that other baseball players did. Such as Bonds, Sosa, Mcguire and I'm sure others.

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CLIFF February 25 2014 at 3:26 PM

As totally ignorant as WE are, I can see exactly where you're coming from. The afore-mentioned players can remained nameless, except for the fact that they all used performance enhancing drugs, are not being publicly ostracized as A-Rod, yet, some have been allowed to continue their career as full-fledged ball players, others, in the role as coaches, etc. Drug use in professional sports has been around for ages, and most likely will continue, but the penalty for usage should be unanimously injected. No pun.

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Snipe714 February 25 2014 at 12:17 PM

Pete Rose should have been so lucky, he was ten times the ball player.

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Gregg February 25 2014 at 11:40 AM

A-Rod is a disgrace, plain and simple...

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