Ken Rosenthal of Fox reports that Major League Baseball’s decision on a punishment for Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week.
As our previous posts on the matter have noted, Major League Baseball seems to want a suspension somwhere between 25 games and a full season. Rosenthal notes thatthe union is arguing for a short suspension paired with rehab, during which Hamilton would be paid during his first 30 days. It’s unclear what the union would advocate for if, after the 30 days, it was determined that Hamilton needed further treatment.
The wait now: the retention of an arbitrator to break the league-union deadlock, which Rosenthal notes should not take long, thus leading to a decision next week.
Our previous Hamilton commentary:
- Hamilton suffers from addiction and should not be suspended;
- A year-long suspension of Hamilton would be obscene; and
- The leaking of the details about Hamilton’s case is unconscionable