Wendy Thurm, contributor to FanGraphs, joined the Mike Heller Show to give insight on “the best interest of the game” clause and share her thoughts about the Biogenesis investigation.
Thurm on the Bud Selig’s options regarding the “best interests of the game” clause:
If a commissioner concludes that a player has acted so against the best interest of baseball, he can discipline the player and his rule is final; that discipline would not be subject to a review in arbitration. I think it’s unlikely that the commissioner would come out with a suspension that is unreviewable by an arbitrator, but I do think that is on the table in terms of negotiating with these players and in terms of setting the parameters for a worst case scenario.
Thurm’s reaction to Dan Patrick’s comment about Ryan Braun and A Rod being removed from baseball for life:
There could be a lifetime ban that could arise even without the best interest of baseball, but which would still be subject to an arbitrator’s review. Let’s say the Biogenesis documents go back five or six years. One positive test gets you a 50 game suspension. If they can show that [a player] was using repeatedly, in a way that’s equivalent to three positive tests or more, that's a lifetime ban. That’s what I mean by overwhelming evidence. I’ve heard that noise all week with respect to A Rod. I haven’t heard that with respect to Braun.