Nightly News   |  January 11, 2014

Is This the End of the A-Rod Era?

Alex Rodriguez's baseball suspension could mean the end of the 38-year-old's career. Bob Costas reports.

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>> bring in bob costas , who joins us by phone, i have to ask you bob, does the punishment fit the crime here?

>> i think it does, because the baseball hearing alleges the baseball steroid use was continuous and ongoing, and perhaps worse than those who were suspended. and i think the courts are reluctant to overturn something like this. even though the baseball player's association, while they don't dispute the terms, the process has often been favorable to players so i don't think that a-rod stands that much of a chance in court.

>> and what about his chance to resume assuming he serves that suspension?

>> he is a well conditioned athlete, i think it will give him every possibility to get on the field. most leagues recognize the disciplinary process. so he can't play in the minor leagues , he can't play in japan. he can probably only play in an independent league and unless he comes back in 2015 , he will be nearly 40 at the end of his career, not to mention his hall