LADY AT THE BAT: A-Rod Expected To Be Reinstated This Week

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A-Rod Expected To Be Reinstated This Week

After the final out in Kansas City tonight, Alex Rodriguez will be eligible for reinstatement into Major League Baseball.  The Yankees are expected to add him to their 40-man roster, preparing the way for his return to the big league club.

Or, are they?

The folks over at The Greedy Pinstripes pointed out an interesting scenario that was detailed recently in The NY Daily News. With both Anthony Bosch, A-Rod cousin Yuri Sucart and "known A-Rod associate" Jorge Velazquez recently coming under indictment, it is possible that Rodriguez himself could also be taken down. If that happens, the Yankees can invoke Clause 7(b)1 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which lists termination options.  This would allow them to cancel Rodriguez's contract and send him on his way.

Though I have no idea if this will happen, I do believe that anything is possible, especially with people so close to Rodriguez being brought up on new charges. If it doesn't happen, get ready for some really awkward situations.

For instance, what is everyone supposed to do if/when Rodriguez gets his 3,000th hit (he's 61 hits away)?  I can't imagine the announcers joyfully describing it, or fans in attendance happily cheering, a la Derek Jeter. What about if/when he hits his 700th home run (he's 46 homers away)?  Stopping the game to celebrate it would be just too weird.

At this point, however, awkwardness appears to be what's on tap for the New York Yankees and their fans.  But we can still hope. We can still hope that the team decides to #BuyOutAROD.

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