A-Rod 'shutting down' all off-field rhetoric, wants to focus on baseball

Like everyone else, Alex Rodriguez has gotten sit of his public battle with MLB.
Like everyone else, Alex Rodriguez has gotten sick of his public battle with MLB. (USATSI)

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After weeks of leaks and potshots, Alex Rodriguez is putting an end to all of the off-field rhetoric surrounding his 211-game suspension and battle with both the Yankees and MLB. He told reporters he is "shutting down" all of the distractions.

"I've shut everything down," he said, referring to public statements from his legal team. "I think it's the best thing to do for all of us, is to focus on the game."

A-Rod confirmed he told his lawyer Joseph Tacopina to no longer speak publicly about their various legal matters. Tacopina recently accused the team of hiding MRI results from his client and playing him while hurt in an effort to embarrass him.

The back and forth between MLB and A-Rod has become too much to bear in recent weeks -- I think everyone can agree about that, regardless of your stance in this whole mess -- so the silence is a welcome development. Will it actually happen? I'm guessing not. At least A-Rod tried.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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