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Seven high-profile lifetime bans

Seven high-profile lifetime bans

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, who is on the disabled list after hip surgery, talks to media outside the Yankees clubhouse. Photo: Associated Press/Kathy Willens

Alex Rodriguez faces a long suspension from Major League Baseball in response to allegations surrounding the use of banned substances. One option that’s not completely off the table is a lifetime ban from the sport. He wouldn’t be the first high-profile figure to receive the ultimate punishment should that be handed down.

Below is a list of others who have been banned, and sometimes reinstated.

“Shoeless” Joe Jackson

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“Shoeless” Joe Jackson was one of eight players from the Chicago White Sox banned in 1920 for conspiring with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series. The full extent of Jackson’s involvement is unknown.

Mickey Mantle & Willie Mays

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Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were banned in 1983 after they were hired by casinos in Atlantic City as greeters and autograph signers. Both were subsequently reinstated.

Ferguson Jenkins

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Ferguson Jenkins of the Texas Rangers was banned in 1980 after a customs search in Toronto, Ontario, found 3 grams of cocaine, 2.2 grams of hashish, and 1.75 grams of marijuana on his person. He was later reinstated by an independent arbiter in 1983.

Pete Rose

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As manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Pete Rose was banned for life following an investigation in 1989 for his ties to gamblers. Rose has subsequently applied for reinstatement four times. All four reinstatement requests have been rejected.

Marge Schott

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Marge Schott, former Cincinnati Reds owner, was banned in 1996 for bringing Major League Baseball into disrepute by repeatedly making slurs against African-Americans, Jews, Asians and homosexuals, and showing a sympathetic attitude to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

George Steinbrenner

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Former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was banned in 1990 for paying a private investigator $40,000 to “dig up dirt” on Yankees player Dave Winfield in order to discredit him. Steinbrenner was reinstated by Bud Selig in 1993.

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