As any baseball fan with access to a TV or Internet access has surely seen by now, Yankees third baseman and national baseball whipping boy Alex Rodriguez was hammered with a season-long suspension Saturday.
While A-Rod and his attorneys prepare to fight in a federal court, there's also the matter of spring training. That is, A-Rod is still technically allowed to participate in spring training and he reportedly plans to do so. And here's where the story takes a rather humorous turn (unless you are A-Rod): If he does go, the Yankees might just relegate him to minor-league camp.
Considering that he's not on the 40-man roster while suspended, the club doesn't have to allow him into major-league camp.
According to ESPN New York, this is a distinct possibility, per "baseball officials." And here's the funniest part:
One official said the Yankees could go as far as to have Rodriguez on the minor league side but instruct their coaches to basically ignore him -- to not hit him grounders or throw him batting practice.
While I have as much A-Rod-coverage-fatigue as the next guy, I can't help but laugh hysterically at the thought of video footage from this coming spring training showing A-Rod off on the side, being completely ignored by everyone. A cruel thing about which to laugh? Possibly, but if A-Rod shows up at spring training -- surely bringing a media circus with him, a huge distraction to his teammates -- he pretty well deserves any negative attention he gets.
Another layer here is that it's entirely possible the Yankees don't actually want to do this, but instead are sending out such information to deter A-Rod from coming to camp. That really seems like the best solution for all involved, but when things involve A-Rod these days, is the best solution usually what we get?