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