Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz handed New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez a 162-game suspension, reducing an original 211-game penalty but banning Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season and postseason. A-Rod received the punishment for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal and will fight the decision in federal court.
The free-agent pitching market continues to be on hold as teams make their pitch to Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka. In odd news, Texas Rangers’ pitcher Derek Holland suffered an knee injury after his dog, Wrigley, a boxer, caused him to buckle on the stairs while going down the stairs in his home. Holland is expected to miss at least half of the season.
Chicago Tribune: A-Rod suspended for 2014 season
CBS Sports: Anthony Bosch to discuss A-Rod, Biogenesis on ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday
Fox Sports: Morosi: Baseball won battle with A-Rod, but is losing bigger war
Daily Herald: National honors for Daily Herald’s Miles, Hawks’ Wiedeman
Cubs Den: BBWAA’s worst crime is creating apathy, not stirring outrage
Cubs.com: Wrigley film to be featured at Cubs Convention
ESPN Dallas: Derek Holland blames dog for fall
CSN Chicago: 1984: A remarkable year for Chicago draft selections