As an American, Rodriguez should fight against the charges, if he believes they are wrong.
But realistically, maybe he would be better off accepting the inevitable and slinking off to wherever for the length of his suspension.
Even if he manages to persuade an arbiter to trim his penalty, Rodriguez isn't going to come out of this looking any better than he does now. These hearings are "private," but Major League Baseball has more leaks than the Titanic.
And it's hard to believe MLB commissioner Bud Selig would mind anybody spilling the secrets of this case. Picture the meeting:
Selig, standing up in front of his staff, says, "I don't want any leaks to the press. No leaks at all. Don't reveal what's in this folder that outlines our entire case against A-Rod. I'm talking about the folder I'm going to leave on this table while I go to lunch for at least two hours. So don't make copies of the contents on the copier that's next door. Don't use my key code of 3245 for that copier. Don't hand over copies to any major baseball reporter, all of whom are listed in my rolodex, which is in my office, which will be unlocked while I'm at lunch. For at least two hours."
Just leave, A-Rod. Then come back, go on Oprah, apologize, and move forward.
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