Posted November 20, 2013

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez leaves grievance hearing

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Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez grievance hearing ended early after he walked out of the proceedings. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez’s grievance hearing ended early after he walked out of the proceedings. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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.”

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30 comments
JubJub
JubJub

Oh, the humanity!!! What poor, poor victim this sweet and gentle man is. Everyone is being so mean to poor little A-Fraud.

Are he and his lawyers so dumb and/or deluded to think that this pathetic slime will actually gain public sympathy through their tactics?

MPS
MPS

I was bummed when he left Seattle.  It took about a year for me, and most other people here, to realize we dodged a bullet.  

Keats1821
Keats1821

So... ARod called the hearing. Didn't get his way. Then called the hearing he asked for, with an arbitrator he essentially helped place, a farce because he didn't get his way? Nice.

Of course, I do think Selig should testify. But good lord.

serveaux
serveaux

Keep dragging it out, A-Rod.  Make the Yankees keep paying for you. Suspension is not an option.

rh2000
rh2000

Hopefully this will be completed and out of the limelight soon so we don't have to endure this boring B.S..

Rodriguez is trash from my point of view and the sooner he is gone the better.

Please be Soon!!!

decredico
decredico

the majority of commenters here dont get it ....selig is scum that allowed drug use for 20 years and exploited it and should be dragged out in public because he is one of the leaders of the three ring circus that has been doping in baseball 

leftfieldmatty
leftfieldmatty

Welcome to the world of arbitration, A-Rod.  Should have read the fine print in your contract...

djfarkus
djfarkus

"...will not participate any further in this farce.”

Which farce?  The hearing, or his PED-fueled MLB career?...

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

The same unfair, slanted system let Ryan Braun walk with zero penalty... if it's so unfair, so biased, so much designed to make the athlete fail, as AFraud's attorney charges, how did that happen?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Very dishonest, slanted headline.

That said, Buddy-boy should be forced to speak.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Translation:  

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

William27
William27

A-ROD, could you give me some money so I can take time off and protest in your defense ????
I need $1000 per day plus meal money
thanks



JohnDeSilva
JohnDeSilva

A-rod the only liar and farce in that room are you and your lawyers. Go home A-rod baseball is better without you and your ego 

William27
William27

I like A-ROD, he makes me smile !

djp9
djp9

@decredico Allowed drug use? Willfully turning a blind eye at times and capitulating at others is way more accurate. I think most commenters on here get it more so than you do.

How come you aren't raking Don Fehr over the coals on this one @decredico? He was probably more culpable than anyone at ensconcing the use of PEDs as well as the continued use of amphetamines in the MLB. Its no wonder he stepped away in 2009, just in time to avoid all the backlash. And now he leads the NHLPA which has no drug policy to speak of. Convenient? I think so.

Also this needs to be painted on A-Fraud himself as he allegedly USED, denied and then tried to subvert the evidence of his use all after the MLBPA and MLB had an agreed upon ban and testing policy along with punishments. 

djfarkus
djfarkus

@decredico Hey, I totally agree that Selig is culpable to PED use, and the worst commissioner in major league sports.

But the PED winds shifted years ago, and players slow on the uptick are getting caught. Selig's malfeasance does not change the fact that A-Rod cheated fans, the Yankees, and all of MLB; and he apparently believes himself too important or famous to actually, you know, face consequences for his actions.

decredico
decredico

and fwiw i cant stand rodriguez as a human being as hes just another piece of slime pretending to be sincere

djfarkus
djfarkus

@ezwriter69 Ryan Braun certainly didn't "walk", though his penalty was lower because he essentially plead guilty and copped a plea for the league. And probably turned over additional evidence against A-Rod.

A-Rod could've avoided a super-long suspension by taking a deal along with admission of guilt. But he believed he wouldn't get cornered, that his PED buddies wouldn't turn evidence on him. He misjudged, and now he's unhappy with the process that occurs when you deny guilt in the face of clear evidence to the contrary.

He will never play an MLB game again.

JasonSchulte
JasonSchulte

@ezwriter69 how did Braun walk out without a penalty.  He was suspended almost half of last year.


ezwriter69
ezwriter69

@MidwestGolfFan Dishonest? Every other outlet is saying he slammed his fist on the table and stomped out... you're saying what, he didn't leave? He's not a third baseman? He's not Alex Rodriguez?

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@djfarkus @decredico I wouldn't go so far as to call him "the worst".  He did expand the playoffs and is making a sport that hasn't kept up with the times start to adapt things like instant replay.  Even on a character level, Stern may be the worst of the commissioners.  He's tampered with a lot of in-game things to benefit certain teams in the past. 

djp9
djp9

@JasonSchulte @ezwriter69 He didn't go through an arbitration process the second time. Braun went through an arbitrator the FIRST time he got caught and came away with zero penalty. Remember? The year he was NL MVP?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@ezwriter69 @MidwestGolfFan  

P.S. The SI front-page link still reads, "A-Rod bolts out of hearing," -- true, that -- "rips abusive process"  -- so, it's abusive just 'cause A-Rod says so?

If abusive had been in "quotes" ("abusive"), it would be less biased.  Better yet, leave out "abusive" altogether, because that's A-Rod's opinion: "A-Rod bolts out of hearing, rips hearing process."  -- True, unbiased, and also compelling.



MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@ezwriter69 @MidwestGolfFan  

The headline has been changed.  Previously, it read that A-Rod walked out of an "abusive" hearing. 

Looks like one of the grown-ups on the editorial staff agreed with my assessment, and changed it to something more objective.