CHICAGO Major League Baseball is taking “very seriously” the allegations that Alex Rodriguez took part in some illegal, underground poker games, one of which reportedly turned violent, and he could face suspension if his participation in the games is confirmed.”We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” said an MLB executive who spoke to on condition of anonymity. “Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.” The allegations, first published by, are that the New York Yankeesthird baseman played in at least two of the games, one of which took place at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive at which “cocaine was openly used and a fight nearly broke out when one of the players refused to pay after losing “more than a half-million dollars.” MLB is also concerned that Rodriguez’s name will resurface in the ongoing federal investigation of Dr. Anthony Galea, the Toronto physician charged with smuggling human growth hormone and other illegal substances into the United States. Galea has treated numerous professional athletes, including Rodriguez and Tiger Woods. Recently, it was revealed that Rodriguez still employs his cousin, Yuri Sucart, after fingering him as the “mule” who transported his performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 after his steroid usage was revealed in a 2009 Sports Illustrated story, despite being told by the Yankees that Sucart would no longer be allowed in the clubhouse and encouraged to keep his distance from him. “You get the feeling that Alex says what he thinks he needs to say to get by, and then goes out and does what he wants,” the MLB executive said.

I wonder what Manzo would have said about this if I didn’t fire him last week? He’d probably have some cockamamie excuse how this proves that Arod is the best Yankee of all time and how the Yankees do everything by the book and Boston sucks. Oh well. I guess we’ll never know what he would have said will we? On a more serious note though I do think Arod has to be suspended for at least 10 years. Listen it would be one thing if this was his first run in with the law. It would be one thing if MLB didn’t already warn him about this. But it’s just one thing after another with this guy. Steroids, cocaine, hamburger helper hands, cutting across Dallas Braden’s mound, illegal poker games, and now back on steroids. At some point Bud Selig just has to say enough is enough. We can’t let a guy make a mockery of the game like this anymore and ban his ass. It’s the not the right thing to do. It’s the only thing to do.