Report: Alex Rodriguez facing lifetime ban

Jul 3, 2013; Charleston, SC, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, as part of the Charleston RiverDogs, sits in the dugout during a rehab game against the Rome Braves at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun was handed a 65-game suspension from Major League Baseball as part of the Biogenesis scandal and there are plenty more dominoes expected to fall. The next player to be targeted by the MLB should be New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who could be facing a much longer ban from baseball.

According to reports, A-Rod could staring at a lifetime ban based on the evidence gathered in the league’s investigation.

From CBS New York:

The evidence against the 14-time All-Star is ”far beyond” what the league had against Braun, according to ESPN.com. However, the Yankees don’t expect Rodriguez to be suspended immediately, sources told the website.

ESPN.com is also reporting that, according to sources, Rodriguez could very likely face a suspension similar to Braun’s.

An MLB source told CBS Evening News’ Jim Axelrod, however, that the five-time American League home-run champion could be looking at a lifetime ban.

If the evidence against Rodriguez is indeed well well beyond what the league has against Braun, that could deliver the death sentence to A-Rod’s professional playing career.

Of course, there is still plenty of information that needs to be gathered, but we could be hearing more reports on the A-Rod suspension sooner rather than later. If it is indeed a lifetime ban, it is a worse case scenario ending to a career for a player that at one time was a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.

Topics: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

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