(NEW YORK) — There has been no shortage of reaction following the suspension of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. As he appeals the suspension, he gets to keep playing. But Tampa Bay Rays’ third baseman Evan Longoria doesn’t think that’s fair.
Rodriguez was suspended 211 games by Major League Baseball last week, but before his appeal is heard, he can still suit up for the Yankees. Longoria doesn’t see why it should take that long.
“I don’t know what his motivation is, but I will say this: I don’t think it’s fair for the other teams because I’m in the American League East,” Longoria told Sports Illustrated’s “Hot Clicks” podcast. “Whether he is 100 percent or not, whether his mind is where it needs to be or not, he can affect the game in a positive way, he can affect a game in a tremendous way, which is being in the lineup. In a pennant race, he’s a guy you don’t want in a lineup. Looking at it from that perspective and that perspective only, I don’t think it’s fair we can’t have an arbitrator hear the case sooner.”
Rodriguez’ appeal isn’t expected to be heard until after the 2013 season.
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