Posted August 07, 2013

MLBPA formally files Alex Rodriguez’s appeal of 211-game suspension

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Alex Rodriguez has played for the Yankees in their series agains the White Sox while appealing his 211-game suspension. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez has played for the Yankees in their series against the White Sox while appealing his 211-game suspension. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Major League Baseball Players Association has formally filed Alex Rodriguez’s appeal to Major League Baseball’s 211-game suspension, according to the Associated Press.

Rodriguez was suspended through the 2014 season on Monday as part of the league’s investigation into the former Biogenesis clinic’s distribution of banned performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez elected to appeal his suspension.

Rodriguez remains eligible to play for the Yankees until Wednesday’s grievance is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. A ruling is not expected until November or December at the earliest, according to the Associated Press.

ROSENBERG: Cleaning up the Alex Rodriguez mess

Twelve other MLB players accepted 50-game suspensions as first-time offenders under the Joint Drug Agreement as part of the latest MLB-MLBPA collective bargaining agreement.

MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner blasted commissioner Bud Selig and the length of Rodriguez’s suspension during a radio interview on Tuesday.


33 comments
mystafugee
mystafugee

Some of you here seriously should read the article before commenting.  The MLBPA isn't defending ARod's PED usage, they're defending their players against unfair and arbitrary rulings.  The union can't force players to do anything but they did recommend the players accept their punishments.  The reason in ARod's case they recommended he appeal is because it is considerably out of whack with the other punishments.  

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

ok one of the reasons why he was suspended so much, is remember that press confrerence where he siaid I only used between 2001-2003, and then once the testing started he all of a sudden i stopped.  Well MLB has evdience he was using since 2010 and was using in 2011 and 2012. He also was basically Bisch's right hand guy in bringing guys to BioGenesis.  Also unlike Bountygate where there was papertrail, here there is a digital trail which is why they got the other 13, plus also when the appeal is heard MLB is going to point out he's seen the evidence and again it isn't overreach, as again the people after he met with MLB, what were execs saying minimum of 150.  My best guess is this possibly does get knocked down, but he likely isn't going to play in 2014, is my best guess is that if it is knocked down the arbitrator says  that Selig may have came up with a number to keep him out until 2014, but it was right because there is overwhelming evidence and I knock the suspension down to 162 games.  As the only way he doesn't get a lenghty suspension, is if he tries to the man-ram route where he retired instead of accepting a 100 game suspension and then when he comes back has das knock it down to 50, even though it was man-rams second offense.  Also if you ask me, it wasn't the braun thing that got das fired it was the man-ram incident that got him fired, as under the JDA a 2nd offense was 100 games, yet rameriez retires and only gets half.  Plus if you look for A-fraud to do the right thing and not retire it isn't going to happen, as then the yankees could get out from under his contract.  Also at that presser, notice how he didn't say yeah I'm innocent, as he didn't

Mike26
Mike26

mystafugee:

The MLBPA can't say it wants to rid itself of dirty players and then defend the King PED himself.  Yes, it would set a precedent for punishment; however, allowing it to stand would send a very direct message to the rest of the union that if you continue to lie/use PED's you have no support.  Otherwise, everything else is just smoke and mirrors when it comes to cleaning up their organization - and those playing clean are the ones PAYING their even-lower salaries to defend this lifelong cheater.  Great message - makes me want to join a union today!

Hello1813
Hello1813

A-Rod needs to be punished.  However, with Braun getting only 65 games and giving A-Rod 211 doesn't seem right.   The 12 other players that got suspended, did they fail any tests?  No.   I think Selig made this personal and will end up looking like a buffoon for how he handled this again.    Personally, I would have gone harder on all involved (especially Braun).   By singling out, A-Rod, it is clear that the Yankees have some influence on the Commish in trying to get out from that contract, which doesn't seem right either.

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

Is there any chance they faxed it in and missed the deadline by 8 minutes?

William27
William27

I am a lifelong yankee fan at the age of 57 and I think A-ROD is a piece of dog terd and the steinbrenner kids who signed him are horses behinds.


mystafugee
mystafugee

Some of you seriously need to read the article.  The player's union is appealing this because the ruling was arbitrary (in their opinion) and it appears ARod is being singled out.  They never said he shouldn't be punished nor that he's innocent, the point they're defending is that ARod's punishment was not part of the agreed upon sentencing.  Dirty or not, the MLBPA has a duty to defend members against unfair treatment.    

sbrown823
sbrown823

Is the player's union required to file an appeal at the player's request?  Or does the union not understand what a terrible pr mistake this is to support someone who has used PED's?  From what I've been seeing on other web sites, the other Yankee players are disgusted with A-Rod.

cborgia
cborgia

It will be a long time until I go to another baseball game, or even watch one on the tube. What this means to me is that the MLBPA recognizes that many if not most players are cheats, and that a majority of players condone cheating and are willing to defend it. The only user I'd like to see in the HOF is Canseco, just for telling the truth when nobody wanted to hear it. 

Want to clean up baseball? Stop watching it. 

CrankyBoots
CrankyBoots

When the Ryan Braun thing went down, didn't Weiner and the MLBPA say they weren't going to defend dirty players? A-Rod is as pure as the driven snow........yeah, right

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

Good.  I know I speak for everyone when I say I can't get enough of Arod and his crazy shenanigans.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

In a related story, the MLBPA humiliated itself. 

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Mike26 and yes, this does protect all players because the MLBPA is making clear that punishments should be consistent and fit guidelines.  They recommended the guilty players accept a punishment that is fair.  That doesn't mean they should accept an unfair punishment.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Mike26 Please have a simple understanding of how unions work before ranting.  It's their job to protect their members against unfair treatment.  ARod and them both feel the league's punishment was too severe and inconsistent with the other penalties.  They're not arguing he should get off without any punishment.  

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@mystafugee Did anyone else buy Biogenesis documents with the intent to shred them? A-Rod went above and beyond what anyone else did and he deserves a much bigger suspension. I'm glad it's arbitrary and it's perceived to be exorbitant - because that's what he deserves. It's just disgusting that he tries to appeal - I'd have the tiniest shred of respect for him if he would just be a man and take his lumps. And just for the record, the MLBPA appeals everything as a matter of rote - it's what unions do. It's got zero to do with it being arbitrary, the league has provisions to support their argument or they wouldn't have tried to suspend him for that length.

MarkCalasade
MarkCalasade

@cborgiaI almost stopped watching after the Steroid Era came to light, but when steps were taken and the union agreed to testing, I thought okay, the game will become honest again. The results of the Biogenesis investigation and how MLB has negotiated with cheaters, how Selig once claimed he would ban A-rod and is now not, how the players' union is backing A-rod, all of that tells me no one is serious about honoring the game and keeping it clean.

I'm just...I'm done; this after being a lifelong baseball fan. I've bought my last season ticket this summer and have sold the rest of the games for this season. I'll not be buying any more tickets, baseball paraphernalia, or even watching highlights let alone an actual game on television. I refuse to support a game in which the owners and players are not serious about cleaning up the game. Juiced players are an insult to those who play the game clean and the legends that came before them.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@CrankyBoots His drug use isn't the issue (please read the article before making uninformed comments) it's about the overreach and inconsistency of his punishment.  

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Rickapolis Yeah, how dare they do what they're supposed to do which is fair treatment of it's members.  

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Joebuckster @mystafugee As far as the provisions, that's for an arbitrator to decide.   The union advised the other players to accept their suspensions but in the case of ARod, this one seemed like a vendetta.  

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

@Joebuckster @mystafugee Melkey Cabrera tried to hide evidence when he was being investigated and still only got 50 games.  Obstruction of a PED investigation is not unprecedented yet 211 games is way out line with prior incidents.  Arod needs a healthy punishment, but the league needs validate the basis of the 211.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@MarkCalasade @cborgia So let me get this straight, because they're catching people this angers you?  If they're catching people that mean's it working.  There's a reason you don't see many PED suspensions in football or basketball.  

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@mystafugee @CrankyBoots Maybe you should read some other articles about this issue, you seem to lack depth of knowledge and context. Name one other player that tried to impede and subvert an investigation into himself (and presumeably others) by buying incriminating documents...

CrankyBoots
CrankyBoots

@mystafugee @CrankyBoots  - where does the article itself say about overreach and inconsistency - maybe in the hyperlinks, but not in the article itself. And if anyone has singled himself out for special attention, for the reasons other commenters have noted, it is ARod.

hgphillies
hgphillies

It's mot overreach. Rodriguez has consistently lied...read and watch his numerous interviews of apology. He has placed his interests over his interests over the union and his employer. If you did this in your profession you would be fired, not suspended. Besides, his team...look at the rest of baseball and read players's comments. They too are tired of the cheating. They also want stiffer penalties. Rodriguez not only lied multiple times, he covered up his acts and tried to bribe his way out of this....that goes beyond taking a banned substance or PEDs

cborgia
cborgia

@mystafugee @CrankyBoots BS. That's what the excuse is this time. The players have dragged their feet on this for over a decade. And Arod broke new ground with his attempts at a cover-up. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@mystafugeeThey should do what is right. And that is to make someone accountable for their actions. I repeat, the MLBPA humiliated itself. 

MarkCalasade
MarkCalasade

@mystafugee @MarkCalasade @cborgia I'm angry because the punishment is too lax, especially in the cases of Braun and A-rod. Both should have been banned. There should have been no punishment negotiations with any of these guys.

KCW0LF
KCW0LF

@Joebuckster @mystafugee @CrankyBoots Has MLB even shown proof that A Rod tried to buy documents?  I have heard rumors that say that, but my problem is MLB has shown no evidence or proof of it.  One could make a case if they did have solid evidence, they would have banned him for life, but they didn't.  Its like the NFL last year with Bountygate...they had no proof and that's why all the players continued to play.  NFL tried to overstep its bounds, like MLB here, and the process was in place to keep that from happening.  I would expect if the suspension were 50 games and not 211, there would have been no appeal and A Rod would not be playing.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@hgphillies Again, this is about MLB not following guidelines and singling someone out.  This punishment was arbitrary, it's why he was advised not to accept it.