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Longoria Discusses Diapers, A-Rod, and PEDs

Evan Longoria was a guest with Jimmy Traina on the Hot Click Podcast (LISTEN HERE) and discussed a number of topics ranging from fatherhood, diapers, and the recent Biogenesis scandal.

The first 5:30 of the interview are a must listen as as Longoria relays a story of being with Baby Elle as she has an accident at a grocery store but he doesn't have the diapers with him to change her - she is not a happy baby.

Of course the interview shifts toward PED use, Alex Rodriguez, and if the punishment is severe enough.

The first question involves two tweets he made after the announcement of the suspensions:


When asked about if it was fair or not that Alex Rodriguez is able to continue playing while he waits for his appeal to be heard he responded by saying:

I dont think its fair for the other teams, because Im in the American League East. Whether he is 100 percent or not, whether his mind is where it needs to be or not, he can affect the game in a positive way. He can affect the game in a tremendous way, which is being in the lineup. In a pennant race, hes a guy you dont want in the lineup. Looking at it from that perspective and that perspective only, I dont think its fair that we cant have an arbitrator hear the case sooner.

He doesn't understand the length of time required to hear the appeal:

If you get in a bench clearing brawl and a guy punches another guy and is ejected from the game and gets a 10-game suspension, you appeal that and its heard in the next three weeks. You either get 10 games or six games or whatever. I dont understand why that process cant happen for this.

When asked whether the 50-game suspension is enough to deter PED use:

The risk of a 50-game suspension does not outweigh the possibility of a guy playing half or three-quarters of a season and putting up career numbers and getting the contract the next year based off their play.

He offered his opinion on whether their should be a change in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or Joint Drug Agreement (JDA) saying:

Im a voting member of the Major League Baseball players union, and my one vote by itself would mean nothing for changing policy, changing the way the punishment goes in the joint drug treatment and prevention program, but if everybody voted. It seemed like an overwhelming number of players have spoken out on this issue whereas in the past its been very taboo, but it seems more players are starting to come forward and voicing their opinion negatively about cheating and PEDs. If it comes to this offseason or the next, where we have forum, or a formal meeting place where everybody in the union is there, and we have keynote players in the game today speaking adversely, then policy could get changed. The penalties could get more severe because guys want it out of the game.


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