HAA, Yankee fans organize protest of Alex Rodriguez suspension

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez is facing a ban for all of 2014 and beyond.
Credit: Getty Images

Alex Rodriguez regularly heard boos from the Yankee Stadium crowd as he stumbled down the stretch in 2013, but he apparently still has his fans.

The group Hispanics Across America says they will be staging a week-long rally outside of MLB Headquarters in midtown Manhattan to protest Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension.

Rodriguez’s arbitration hearing in order to get that suspension overturned began Monday.

“A-Rod has been drug tested more than any major league player and has never tested positive for the use of steroids,” said HAA president Fernando Mateo. “[Yankees president] Randy Levine and the New York Yankees are responsible for this unfair 211-game suspension.”

Mateo reportedly got in a scuffle outside MLB Headquarters Tuesday morning after he said a woman threw a cup of coffee at him.

Rodriguez was suspended by MLB, not the Yankees organization, on Aug. 5 along with 11 other players. They all received 50-game suspensions. Rodriguez was the only one to appeal.

He never tested positive under MLB’s drug-testing program, but the founder of the Biogenesis clinic, Anthony Bosch, testified to the league that he had supplied Rodriguez with a host of illegal drugs over a period of years. Bosch’s testimony will be used in the appeal hearing.

MLB levied a stiffer penalty on Rodriguez due to multiple factors. Rodriguez admitted to the use of steroids while he played with Texas. The league also cited his lack of cooperation in the investigation into Biogenesis.

“Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years,” MLB wrote in a statement on Aug. 5. “Rodriguez’s discipline under the basic agreement is for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.”

Mateo said he just wanted Rodriguez to be treated like the other players.

“The punishment does not fit the crime. A-Rod is innocent,” said Mateo. “If A-Rod is found guilty by association, a 50-game suspension like every first-time offender would be fair.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.