On Monday, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, contacted Hal Steinbrenner to advise him that Alex Rodriguez would be suspended thru the 2014 season and that they were not required to pay him during that time period.
The Yankees responded by suspending Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Kevin Youkillis. When the Puppies asked Steinbrenner about the suspension and if it was linked to the BioGenesis investigation, Steinbrenner said “Is that the most believable justification? If it is, then yes. This has nothing to do with overpaying these players at all. Not at all.”
The Yankees aren’t the only team to suspend players. Matt Kemp of the Dodgers was implicated in a scandal regarding eating somebody else’s Sandwich in the fridge and suspended indefinitely. The Dodgers claim “this has nothing to do with us paying a .256 player $20 million dollars this year.”
Johan Santana was suspended due to being paid $25.5 million. When asked about the suspension, Sandy Alderson said “When I heard we were paying Santana $25 million dollars, I was like ‘I didn’t even know that guy still played baseball’.” Santana agreed with the statement.
The player’s union says they would like to defend these other players, but get way more attention defending A-Rod.