I thought Alex Rodriguez was just about done with his shenanigans, and then this came up. We’ve always known that A-Rod has had some gambling problems- namely poker- but this is the farthest it’s ever gone. He was in trouble with the league for gambling in 2005, and then he held a charity poker game. The current allegations against Rodriguez are far more serious with this incident.
Bud Selig has definitely had enough of A-Rod’s circus in the past few years, and this is just another major headache for the commissioner. It’s a known fact that Rodriguez is going to be suspended, but the question really is the length of his suspension. Because he’s done this before, I suggest that Rodriguez is suspended for the same length as players who take PEDs; 50 days.
The punishment stated above is fair for both parties. Selig needs to come up with a Stern- geddit- punishment here, not only because Rodriguez needs to be punished, but also because Selig has a reputation for being weak in his rulings for the most part. This is his chance to make a big statement, and this is, of course, if A-Rod really did take part in these celebrity poker games.
I realize that playing poker isn’t a serious offense, but A-Rod ignored Stern warnings from Selig about his involvement in gambling in 2005. He was told not to play poker again, but Rodriguez did not listen. Maybe 50 games is a little harsh, but it would be sweet revenge for Selig. I mean, it’s not like A-Rod doesn’t deserve it for all he’s done in the last ten years or so.
Jacoby Ellsbury’s second straight walk-off hit- for a home run no less- has people buzzing about his MVP case. I think Ellsbury’s been the third best player in the AL this season, but he hasn’t been the best player on his team. No, that honor belongs to Dustin Pedroia. Not only has he hit well, but he’s been incredible in the field. I can’t even begin to describe how well he’s been in the field though. My MVP has to be Jose Bautista just over Pedroia, because he was mashing at the beginning of the season. He’s still going strong, and his numbers resemble Bonds’s in the early 2000s. Nobody wants to pitch to him.
As for the NL, I still think Jose Reyes has been slightly better than Matt Kemp. CC Sabathia has been outstanding this season, and he and Roy Halladay are unquestionably the two Cy Young winners. Guys like Justin Verlander have had great seasons, but no pitcher can touch the dominance of Sabathia and Halladay this season. In relation, if you want to play some of the best gambling games online, you may try Pkv Games where you can find wide variety of gambling related games.