(PIX11) – The long awaited meeting between A-Rod and Major League Baseball investigators probing his possible connection to the anti- aging Biogenisis Clinic is reportedly set for for Friday.
The interview is one of the last steps that will take place in the investigation of Rodriguez and as many as 20 other players who could be suspended for their involvement with the Florida clinic and it’s founder Tony Bosch who has been cooperating with the probe.
The long running investigation comes following speculation that the fallen Yankee star may be contemplating retirement as a way of avoiding a suspension and collecting on the remaining $114 million dollars owed on his huge 10 year $275 million dollar Yankee contract. If that were the case, the team could collect on an insurance policy which would allow for A-Rod to be paid and and the team to recoup at least a good portion of the cash.
Outside the Yankee store in Times Square, fan John King told PIX11, “I think he should retire. For the money we are paying him, I think he should just take what he’s got coming and get out of the game.” Asked if he thinks Rodriguez is guilty of recent steroid use King said, “Yeah.”
Kyle Hingher told PIX11, “I think he should retire. He’s probably done as well as her can and he is just gonna hurt the sport now with the steroid use.”
There has been speculation that A-rod and his handlers were trying to rush him back onto the field so he could show he was unable to perform and retire. A tweet last month saying he had been cleared by his doctor to resume play resulted in controversy and Yankee GM Brian Cashman saying Alex should “shut the f—- up.”
So far A-Rod has not appeared to be ready for the big leagues going just one for 12 at the plate in five rehab games. Tuesday night he went zero for three. Alex Alvarez has no use for A-Rod, telling PIX11, “I’m a true baseball fan and guys who made it to the Hall of Fame, they earned it. If you are gonna use something to take advantage of a situation you shouldn’t be there.”
But some reports say A-Rod has put together a vigorous defense designed to clear him. Major League Baseball is expected to hand down any suspensions after the All-Star break and players could then appeal them individually which could take months before anyone would actually miss a game.