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Because a rare moments away from an announcement from Major League -- -- And what we already learned today that twelve players have accepted a fifty game suspension following the latest steroid scandal.
Joining us now what this means for baseball and what's gonna happen sports managing editor Michael zany and -- -- -- these numbers might but let let's first talk about Alex Rodriguez were waiting to hear on hit what happens to him right now he's suspended for 214 games.
If he appeals he can play and she got out tonight.
Why I fully expect him to play tonight in Chicago and I think what's going on with.
The Rodriguez campaign in the baseball camp is.
Really how Long Will the suspension be and how many games we get to pay basically Trace it all comes down to money I know you shot out here that I think at the end of the day it'll probably end up caught caught cost they Alex.
About 34 million dollars suspended through next year.
That would leave and -- the ball go of the hundred million dollars that the Yankees owe him through the 2017.
Season provided his hip is okay he stays healthy plays and there are no more -- performance enhancing drug allegations.
And that's a big if right it because he also has forty million from his prior Rangers contract it's gonna come due to him as well right.
So does not get more money than he knows what to do it -- thing is though he has been for ever -- I'm gonna cover the post today just go.
At this point why don't -- don't.
What what are we what is he doing is it really just all about the paycheck at the end of the day because even that 214 game suspension he's all.
I mean he's younger than me but he's all for baseball and by the time that's over he could very well be -- to -- Wow look in Major League Baseball.
The fact that your whether your injure -- playing.
You still get paid so he's do that Marty first contract is still wants it.
You know whether he's -- 250 hitter -- 350 here.
The Yankees still all that money part of which as you correctly point out the Texas Rangers his -- previous employer is still -- and.
OK so let's just talk about big picture here.
Steroids in general performance enhancing drugs these guys in order to play unfortunately at 3839 years old sometimes often -- a little bit -- help.
What is said pat what's happening in baseball I mean should should the league just come to accept it could look at all the guys that are not playing for the neck.
No I think that look Major League Baseball took a lot of credit to criticism 1015 years ago.
When bonds and McGwire were -- about breaking all the home run record saying.
They knew what was going on and they did didn't do anything.
They've since then had a new collective bargaining agreement they have worked with the union to have very specific rules and regulations in place.
Where there are penalties specific to certain abuses.
And now baseball is doing what it -- to clean up the sport.
With a working with the union so I think you have to give baseball credit you know you can't go after baseball criticize him for doing some thing.
And also criticize him for not doing anything here and there and we also have a lot of good young stars in the game.
He got the Cuban player with the Dodgers you got harper with the nationals.
Yet the guy with the angels.
I mean there are a lot of good young players and last year attendance -- -- its highest level since 2008.
So the sport does have some good momentum on several front.
So then you're not worried that this is gonna put a black mark on baseball.
I mean because as you point out.
It is a money maker still even -- teams that have been struggling are starting to see money coming again.
I'll sure Trace I mean look the Dodgers look what they just sold -- last year two billion dollars we've seen rights fees.
For a local regional sports network go through the roof you know the angels the Texas Rangers to the Dodgers they've -- -- -- deals the last couple years.
23 times what the previous deal was so in terms of the popularity.
And the ability to make sport on television.
Baseball's never been this healthy.
That's good to hear like -- -- escapes me thank you -- thank you.
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