As the Biogenesis case is currently unfolding, some ballplayers could be suspended from baseball for an extended amount of time, as the case when taking the performance enhancing drugs. Ryan Braun is currently serving his suspension due to this case, which was announced to be a 65 game suspension on Monday. But, yesterday, the world found out that Alex Rodriguez, Yankees star third baseman, could never be lacing up the cleats again. He could be banned from baseball for life. Commissioner Bud Selig has only banned one person from the MLB during his tenure, Marge Shott, former owner of the Cincinnati Reds.
Alex Rodriguez also announced that he would appeal any suspension given to him, which makes sense, because if he is suspended for life, he would lose out on the rest of his contract, and he won't be able to sign with another team. Rodriguez is currently under contract through 2018, and is the richest baseball player ever in the history in the league. A-Rod has not appeared for the Yankees this season, due to injuries. He did make a rehab appearance for thirteen games, but then re-injured himself in the quad.
The lifetime ban hasn't been confirmed according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Rodriguez is one of about twenty major and minor leaguers on Bosch's lists. Major league baseball hopes to suspend Rodriguez at least 100 games, due to his prior history with PEDs, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. If Rodriguez is suspended "only" 100 games, he would lose approximately $21 MM in salary, according to www.MLBtraderumors.com.