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A-Rod suspension verdict expected next week, report says

Mike Oz
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Now that we're in 2014, there's one thing we baseball followers are eager to see: The end of the A-Rod suspension saga. Or at least the current chapter of it.

The result of Alex Rodriguez's suspension appeal hearing — you know the one that was supposed to last five days and ended up lasting six weeks, with A-Rod storming out on the second-to-last day — is supposed to be announced in early in 2014. Here it is, the second day of the year and we're already wondering what the hold up is. This thing ended in November.

Well, the New York Post hears from its sources that we're going to be waiting until next week to find out whether A-Rod's 211-game suspension will stick, get reduced or get tossed in the trash.

According to industry sources, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz likely will wait at least a few more days before issuing a ruling on the Yankees third baseman, who faces a potential 211-game suspension by MLB for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis.

Initially, there was some thought Horowitz could make his ruling Thursday or Friday, but that now seems unlikely. Rodriguez’s camp had not been notified as of Thursday that a decision was forthcoming and did not expect anything to “come from out of the blue” before the end of the week.

The results from this year's Hall of Fame vote will be announced Wednesday, so next week ought to be a big week for announcements and the outrage and/or celebration that follows them.

How's A-Rod mentally preparing himself? He's hanging out on the beach with girlfriend/ex-WWE star Torrie Wilson, admiring her abs.

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