The rest of the world might be in the dark about when, where and why Alex Rodriguez might be suspended for allegedly using baseball drugs, but the man in charge of the game knows the answer.
“Is he one that might be suspended?” the Late Show host asked Selig.
“I’d rather not say,” Selig answered
Letterman: “Because you know, don’t you?”
Selig: “I do, I do. The answer is I do.”
The audience cheered.
For months now, Selig and his lieutenants at MLB have overseen an investigation into Biogenesis, a now-defunct Miami area clinic that is allegedly a source of banned performance-enhancing drugs. As many as 20 players are implicated, including A-Rod, who is rehabbing his hip from surgery for Double-A Trenton.
“Alex Rodriguez, is he ever going to play for the Yankees again?” asked Letterman.
“Only time will tell,” answered Selig. “We’re in the midst of a very thorough and tough investigation on all of this, because I really believe that it’s not only the right thing to do, but we’re going to do it. That’s all I can tell you.”
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Alex Rodriguez continues his rehab with Double-A Trenton on Monday night in Reading, Pa., while the commissioner of baseball faces a grilling about the Biogenesis case on David Letterman.
Among the other players implicated in the Biogenesis mess is Ryan Braun, the star of the team closest to Selig’s heart, the Milwaukee Brewers. The league has been aggressive in uncovering what went on at the clinic overseen by Anthony Bosch; investigators have interviewed Bosch and his associates, and even offered money to buy documents that originated at the clinic.
Selig has made ample use of the league’s Department of Investigations, established at the recommendation of former Senator George Mitchell in Mitchell’s landmark 2007 report on baseball’s doping subculture.
Letterman made a reference to the long-term contract A-Rod has with the Yankees, which entitles him to giant sums that the Yankees agreed to pay before Rodriguez confessed in early 2009 to steroid use.
“That sum of money is incalculable?” Letterman asked.
Selig: “No, it’s not incalculable.”
Letterman: “It’s over $100 million?”
Selig: “It’s over $100 million. It’s been calculated by everybody, yes.”
Letterman also asked Selig how many players will be affected by the suspensions, which are expected to come not long after Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field. Selig demurred, saying the league doesn’t know yet how extensive its discipline might be.
“More than a dozen or less than a dozen?” Letterman asked.
“We don’t know,” said Selig. “I’ll say this. You are persistent.”
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