All of which proves what we know already: long-term institutional corruption in the world of big money will prevail in 95% of the cases in which it is challenged. Once the arbitrator ruled that Budzilla wouldn't testify, the iron doors began their inevitable swing-slam on A-Rod.
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2012-13 off-season; he might still wind up there in 2015,
particularly if the Yankees agree to pay most of his salary.
It's clear that A-Rod should have taken his case directly to the courts and bypassed the phonied-up arbitration process. What isn't so clear is why he didn't--the lingering possibility that he was guilty enough for a suspension longer than what would have been prescribed by the (amazingly elastic) rules in baseball's testing agreement. Given what's happened, however, a venue in which Selig and his seals could have been subpoenaed was the one to play in--not the stacked-deck masquerading as a short porch in which he was fooled by what might best be described as a "crypto-legal change-up."
Baseball fans, like most Americans, don't like to focus on lingering controversies: their preference is for more inchoate long-term stalemates. United in their peculiar preference for a particular type of divided consciousness, they are just glad that this tawdry matter is over. A-Rod is no downtrodden underdog, so no one will rise to his defense, even if the process by which he was scapegoated contains a dangerous precedent. They'll chalk it up as an aberration and put their heads back in the sand.
The only good thing to note in all of this is that Selig still plans to retire after the 2014 season. Who (or what) follows in his wake is still unknown, but it surely can't be any worse.