Talking Baseball: Black Monday

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When disasters strike Wall Street, it is always deemed a "black" day, so why not for America's national pastime as well? ESPN is reporting that Monday is the long-feared day when more than a dozen major league baseball players may be sanctioned by Major Leage Baseball for performance enhancing drug use, including the highest paid man in baseball, the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. Sources: A-Rod ban likely to '15:

BaseballsAlex Rodriguez will be suspended Monday, likely through the end of the 2014 season, sources told "Outside the Lines" Saturday.

About 12 other players will also be suspended Monday, according to sources.

Several sources familiar with the talks said tense deliberations
between Rodriguez and commissioner Bud Selig's office broke down
completely Saturday after Selig told officials he would no longer

One source told OTL that MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner
called MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred on Saturday asking for a
meeting between the union, MLB, the Yankees and Rodriguez's camp, but
MLB refused.

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Previous reports, including from "Outside the Lines," have said eight
other major league players were facing suspensions, but sources said
Saturday the number could be about 12 when the announcements are made
Most of the remaining players have agreed to accept 50-game suspensions
without appealing them, a source said.

A source from Rodriguez's camp told ESPN New York that Rodriguez has
no interest in a settlement and is prepared to fight baseball in
arbitration. The source said that MLB offered to drop any lifetime bans
if Rodriguez accepted giving an arbitrator the flexibility to charge him
with more than a 50-game suspension.

Rodriguez's side "unequivocally" turned down the offer, the source
said, pointing to clause 7G of the Joint Drug agreement that states that
PED users can "only" be hit with a 50-game suspension. Rodriguez has
never failed a drug test.

MLB is expected to declare that Rodriguez is not eligible to play
while he appeals, invoking the powers of the commissioner to protect the
best interests of the game. Rodriguez has said he will appeal any
suspension, and is expected to file a grievance if MLB refuses to let
him play while he appeals.

If Rodriguez can't play while he appeals and is not reinstated, he
will lose $34.2 million in salary. He is due $25 million in 2014.

"If this goes to arbitration, it could get very, very ugly," a source told ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor.

A couple of weeks ago, the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, was suspended without pay for the rest of the 2013 season for his use of performance enhancing drugs. Ryan Braun of Milwaukee Brewers suspended for remainder of 2013 sesson.

This follows on the heels of Major League Baseball's Class of 2013 for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame three baseball pioneers — Jacob Ruppert Jr., Hank O’Day and James (Deacon) White — from seven decades ago because no modern era players were deemed acceptable to the baseball writers. Families beam as three inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame:

Ruppert, O’Day and White – the class of 2013 – made the
festivities something out of the ordinary. For only the second time in
42 years, baseball writers failed to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame
sending a firm signal that stars of the Steroids Era – including Barry
Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens, who didn’t even come close in their
first year of eligibility – will be judged in a different light.

Mark McGwire, 10th on the career home run list with 583, has watched his
vote totals decrease. He received 24 per cent in 2010 – a vote before
he acknowledged using steroids and human growth hormone – and received
17 per cent this year on his seventh try.

The Baseball Hall of Fame may have very few players eligible for induction for some time to come as a cloud of suspicion hangs over Major League Baseball, unfairly tainting players who are genuine athletes alongside those who cheat by using performance enhancing drugs.

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