It’s wrong that the arbitrator in the A-Rod case came up with some improvised penalty regimen that essentially stacked his offenses to make some 150-game mega-suspension. Because this is how you’re supposed to do 150-game suspensions:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Milwaukee Brewers Minor League left-handed pitcher Will West has received a 100-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, as well as a third positive test for a drug of abuse.
The suspension of West, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Arizona League Brewers, will be effective upon completion of his current 50-game suspension, which commenced on August 5, 2013.
So, three times on a drug of abuse and one test for amphetamines = 150 games in two separate suspensions. If it was A-Rod I calculate that it would be [counts fingers and toes] eleventy-billion games.
Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox are considering using Mookie Betts at second base when the Dodgers host Game 3, 4, and 5 of the World Series in Los Angeles. That would allow J.D. Martinez to remain in the lineup as an outfielder, since the DH rule would not be in effect.
Betts, 26, has played a bit of second base in the big leagues. He played 122 innings there in his rookie season in 2014 and played another six innings there on August 3 this year against the Yankees. Betts also entered Boston’s minor league system as a middle infielder, so it’s not like the Red Sox are asking someone completely unqualified to handle the position. Given what else we know about Mookie Betts, such as the fact he can solve a Rubik’s cube in less than two minutes and he has bowled a 300 in the Professional Bowlers Association, he is basically good at anything he decides to do.
That being said, Betts was noticeably not very productive at the plate during the ALCS against the Astros. He hit just .217 with no home runs in 25 plate appearances. The Red Sox are certainly hoping he heats up against the Dodgers.