Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez leaves grievance hearing
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez walked out of his own grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify, reports Ronald Blum of the Associated Press.
Rodriguez had filed a grievance to overturn the 211-game suspension given to him by Major League Baseball last summer for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.
According to the report, Rodriguez slammed a table, cursed at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and left after the ruling about Selig was made.
“I am disgusted with this abusive process,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
“This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players’ association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”