Alex Rodriguez & MLB Suspension: How Do Americans Feel?

Baseball

August 5, 2013.

A day of disappointment for Major League Baseball fans everywhere. On that day, New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, along with twelve other baseball players, were suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) from the Biogenesis Clinic in Miami, Florida. Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, by far the strictest punishment handed down as well as the longest non-lifetime ban ever given by the League.

We monkeys are big on baseball and with the end of the season fast approaching, we wanted to know how fans feel about this latest scandal from America’s favorite pastime. Is this a fair punishment for Alex Rodriguez? Will professional baseball now be “steroid free”?

Using SurveyMonkey Audience–a great tool for collecting data from specific demographics–we surveyed over 200 people in the United States to get their opinions.

Here’s how fans weighed in.

How long should A-Rod be suspended?

For those of you out there who feel Alex Rodriguez being suspended for 211 games was unfair–you’re in the minority. 43% of respondents believe he should have received a lifetime ban. Ouch!

Bud Seliger
Over half of respondents say they approve of Commissioner Allan Huber “Bud” Selig‘s disciplinary decision at 58%. How might this affect fans’ perceptions of the sport and its players overall? Is it possible to keep it clean for good?

Is MLB cleaner?

According to these results, seems as if Selig and the MLB have their work cut out for them in terms of the public’s perception of their players. 65% don’t believe these latest suspensions have done much yet in helping clean up the sport.

It might be a long time before we find out the final verdict on the saga of A-Rod. What we do know, thanks to our data, is that people are not likely to miss seeing Alex Rodriguez playing ball anytime soon.

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