Finally, Major League Baseball has suspended polarizing slugger Alex Rodriguez, announcing a 211-game ban that takes effect Thursday and lasts through the end of the 2014 season. Missing all that playing time—which, because he's appealing, could spill into 2015—makes it clear that he will never break several significant records.
Even if A-Rod had achieved any of the following feats, the baseball world wouldn't have been particularly thrilled. He admitted to using PEDs from 2001-03, so his career numbers aren't seen as completely legitimate.
However, the Biogenesis scandal is teaching us that banned substances were disseminated to a disturbingly large number of players in recent years. As much as the league hates to acknowledge it, 21st-century MLB competition has been greatly affected by Tony Bosch's operation and others similar to it. Rodriguez cheated, but so did many of his peers.
More so than anything else, MLB commissioner Bud Selig and the New York Yankees take offense to A-Rod's dishonesty and disrespect of their authority. That's why they'll be relieved to see him fall short of claiming these distinctions.
*All stats provided by FanGraphs unless otherwise noted and accurate as of Aug. 5.