→ Looking at A-Rod’s suspension appeal

I was surprised by how long the whole thing will take:

After five days of MLB attorneys giving their side and A-Rod’s attorneys presenting theirs — much like in a courtroom — arbitrator Fredric Horowitz then has 25 days to make a ruling. Don’t expect anything too soon. As USA Today’s Bob Nightengale writes, “Even if Horowitz knows his decision early, MLB would not walk to disrupt the postseason, much less the World Series. Look for Horowitz to announce his ruling the first week of November.”

As a Red Sox fan, I think the best outcome would be that A-Roid is suspended for 75-100 games, but that his full salary has to be paid by the Yankees and that money counts against their luxury tax burden.