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A-Rod Invited to Join Ducks

The Yankees star was suspended for the 2014 season.

CENTRAL ISLIP - On the day Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season for allegedly obtaining performance-enhancing drugs, the Long Island Ducks tossed him a lifeline - or at least a place to play this year.

In an email to Newsday on Saturday, Ducks President Michael Pfaff wrote "While some MLB suspensions have been honored by the Atlantic League in the past, if Alex Rodriguez were unable to participate in the major leagues this season, we would be open to exploring giving him a chance to play, stay sharp and compete against a high level of competition while helping the Ducks chase a third consecutive championship."

Imagine that: Rodriguez spearheading a Ducks quest for a three-peat. 

Rodriguez, however, still has his mind set on playing for the Yankees. He plans to fight the ruling in court.

"I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court," Rodriguez said in the statement.


Fred Lipson January 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Alex,give it up and learn how to quack !
Marc Paige January 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM
This is a golden opportunity for A-Rod to rehabilitate his image and show a little humility.
william savick January 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM
This play will keep Rodriguez sharp however I'm wondering if joining the Ducks will nullify his Yankee-contract. One thing for sure his Duck team-mates will get a first hand experience as to what happens when you dope and be inspired to steer clear.
Jerry Rozner January 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Overpaid crybaby.
Klem Kadiddlehopper January 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Why not? He won't be the first infamous major leaguer to play for an Atlantic League team. Roger Clemons did a short stint for the Sugar Land Skeeters last year. It was pretty cool seeing him on the mound again.
Nate Robertson January 12, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Does anyone here really think A-rod will play for the Ducks? I don’t think so, not in a million years. The Yankees would never allow him to play there while he is under a multi-million dollar contract with them. What if he was hurt while playing independent baseball? I don’t see them risking that.
Diane Egan Trommer January 12, 2014 at 02:42 PM
I'm sure the Ducks org. sees this as a great PR opportunity, but in my opinion it sends a really bad message...they are OK with him lying and cheating with PEDs? I won't go to another game is he is on the team.
Duane Wilson January 12, 2014 at 07:51 PM
He SHOULD be playing for the State of New York Department of Corrections league.
jerry January 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM
there are many players who are just as guilty as alex. he was just too big for his bridges and get caught. lets not forget he never failed a drug test. yanks will be fine without him and now can spend some money for pitching. can't wait to see the team this year. so far looking good. made alot of good moves. lets go YANKEES1
Gerald Elias January 13, 2014 at 09:35 AM
If A-Rod declines I'll be happy to accept the Duck's offer. Here are my qualifications: I grew up playing Little League on the Long Island (mostly first base as I'm left-handed), and I have not yet been signed by the Yankees. I'm 61 but am still in reasonably good shape and am good with the hit-and-run...well, at least with the hit.
Mark Strong January 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM
It would mean a big reversal from Atlantic League CEO and Chairman as well as Duck owner/CEO Frank Boulton who said months ago that if MLB suspends A-Rod then the Atlantic League would honor the suspension. So either Mr. Boulton has quietly gone back on his word or Mr. Pfaff is just working this for the press angle or he doesn't seem to care what his boss says.

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