A-Rod's downfall a truly modern tragedy

Alex Rodriguez was suspended by Major League Baseball for 211 games on Monday. (REUTERS)

Alex Rodriguez was suspended by Major League Baseball for 211 games on Monday. (REUTERS)

PATRICK MALONEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:57 PM ET

Pause while sifting through the wreckage of baseball’s Biogenesis scandal and ponder a single word, overused and misunderstood but perfectly befitting disgraced superstar Alex Rodriguez: Tragedy.

Oft-used to describe fatal accidents or unfortunate events, the word’s actually defined as a “tale typically describing the downfall of a great man” — and so here we are, in the final act of an epic baseball tragedy, the self-destruction of a hero.

The performance-enhancing drugs linked to the now-infamous Florida clinic Biogenesis have left 15 players busted: Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera last year, former National MVP Ryan Braun last month and 13 more Monday, including Rodriguez.

In that pantheon of disgraced cheats, it’s A-Rod (A-Roid? A-Fraud?) who stands out. He was projected by some in the mid-1990s to become the greatest ballplayer ever and yet this is his likely legacy: 38 years old and set to appeal a ban of 211 games.


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