MLB boss Bug Selig not letting Alex Rodriguez off the hook: Report

Bud Selig and Alex Rodriguez photo illustration. (Reuters)

Bud Selig and Alex Rodriguez photo illustration. (Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

When it comes to Alex Rodriguez's imminent punishment for alleged performance-enhancing drug use, Major League Baseball's commissioner is considering taking matters into his own hands.

Bud Selig, MLB's long-time boss, will most likely use his powers to rid the league of Rodriguez for good, according to a late Monday night report from the New York Daily News.

Instead of going through an appeal process with Rodriguez, Selig has the ability to suspend the disgraced New York Yankees star immediately. This is based on language in the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players' association.

The Daily News references Article XI, Section A1b of the CBA, which notes the commissioner has the authority to take action on an issue "involving the preservation of the integrity of, or the maintenance of public confidence in, the game of baseball."

Over the past few days, there have been multiple reports on Rodriguez's supposed ongoing negotiation with MLB to get his suspension reduced. The league wants to inflict a lifetime banishment for Rodriguez's ties to the Florida-based Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, while the third baseman hopes to return for the 2015 season.

To make matters worse, Rodriguez, 38, has allegedly interfered with MLB's investigation by intimidating witnesses and purchasing documents. The league apparently has hundreds of texts and emails linking Rodriguez to using PEDs as recently as 2012.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was the first to be punished in the PEDs crackdown, receiving a season-ending suspension last week.

Along with Rodriguez, 14 other players are expected to receive penalties.


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