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August 11, 2013

HOF visitors approve of A-Rod suspension

Fans outside the National Baseball of Fame weighed in on various topics surrounding the suspension of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez by Major League Baseball on Monday.

“Why did they take this long?” asked Richard Csaplar, of Needham, Mass., a Red Sox fan visiting the Hall on Monday with his two grandsons.

Truth is, it’ll take quite a bit longer to get Rodriguez off the field. Though MLB imposed a 211-game suspension on the man with 647 career home runs, he still made his season debut with the Yankees on Monday against the host Chicago White Sox. Rodriguez will appeal the suspension, a move that in all likelihood guarantees he’ll play the remainder of 2013 season.

“I guess I’d have to say it’s deserved,” said Rob Kelly, a Mets fan from Hoboken, N.J., visiting with his nephews.

Rodriguez’s suspension stems from his alleged involvement with the defunct anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. The penalty, assuming Rodriguez’s appeal fails, will keep Rodriguez off the field throughout the 2014 season. Rodriguez, 38, is accused of using and possessing performance enhancing drugs, and obstructing MLB’s investigation of Biogenesis.

“He’s like anybody else, if he did bad he gets suspended,” said Jack Hogerman, a Twins fan from Rochester who came to Cooperstown to see his son Trevor play baseball.

Yankees fan Jackie Buggy of Dutchess County said: “I think he deserves whatever they give him.”

Twelve other players, including the Mets’ Jordany Valdespin, accepted 50-game suspensions Monday that will run through the end of the regular season.

The massive suspensions handed down Monday is one reason Massachusetts resident Jim Wood said Rodriguez shouldn’t be singled out.

“I’ve got mixed emotions,” said Wood, a Red Sox fan. “They all used them.”

Added Kelly: “I just feel like everybody’s piling on.”

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