Posted November 21, 2013

Report: Alex Rodriguez’s attorneys vow to take grievance to court, release evidence

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he hopes to be in spring training with the team. (Getty Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he hopes to be in spring training with the team. (Getty Images)

Representatives for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said they are preparing to take his grievance case into federal court regardless of how arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules, according to ESPN.com’s Wallace Matthews.

Rodriguez’s team is also prepared to release evidence in the case that is supposed to be kept under wraps, according to Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

That evidence could include transcripts of witness testimony, sworn affidavits and whatever information was supplied to the Rodriguez team by a “whistle-blower,” according to the report.

JAFFE: Alex Rodriguez departs grievance hearing, calls arbitration process ‘abusive’ and a ‘farce’

Rodriguez walked out the proceedings yesterday calling them a “farce” and implored MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to meet with him so he can face the person who is trying “ruin his legacy.”

MLB slapped Rodriguez with a 211-game suspension for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, a clinic in South Florida that was investigated for providing performance-enhancing drugs to MLB players.

Horowitz has 25 days to either uphold the original suspension, reduce it, or throw it out.

“We’re going to open up everything,” said Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez. “We’re going to show everything we have to the press so they can show it to the American public.”

More from ESPN.com:

A source with knowledge of the case told ESPNNewYork.com that the decision to go public with evidence that is supposed to be kept private under the confidentiality agreement in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement is a sign that A-Rod’s side “doesn’t give a damn what Horowitz rules. They’re taking this to the next level. They’re like, ‘Go ahead, make your ruling, and we’re going to move on.”


21 comments
Don12
Don12

What legacy is A-Rod trying to protect? Maybe it is the fact he is an admitted habitual user of restricted drugs, a confessed liar (only when the evidence was overwhelming did he admit drug use) or maybe it's his inability to perform productively during the playoffs. When you decide you should be the highest paid baseball player you need to bring your "A" game 100%. This man is a joke to athletics. "Legacy", you have got to be kidding me! 

DawnWelch
DawnWelch

They're not going to release any evidence...they're totally backpaddling on that.  Figures.

rh2000
rh2000

AROID go away!!!!!!!!!!  

Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury
Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury

Selig & MLB is about as corrupt as all involved in JFK's assassination. Both Selig & Arod deserve each other. Both deserve to be thrown in Prison too.

Bear1262
Bear1262

His reputation was already ruined.......by his own hands no less.  He has absolutely no credibility left, and this is just one more thing to add the already long list. This man should NEVER get into the HOF!!!

nutz4golf
nutz4golf

Legacy, smegacy. The purse is the purpose of all this. What legacy; the i was an overpaid a*hole'?

PatriotNut1975
PatriotNut1975

A-Rod is just such a whiner because he never gets his way.  But if you wanna get your way with a great system, visit sportsbettingstar . com.  Its the best betting system out there.

Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury
Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury

I hate A-Rod but to me this will create the big danger of a future MLB Commissioner to single out and witch hunt any MLB player on any team even the Red Sox in illegal terms as Selig with MLB has continued to be attempting to do here.

Antediluvian
Antediluvian

A-Rod, if you want to meet the person hell bent on ruining your legacy, just look in the freaking mirror. THAT'S the guy.

Whatever
Whatever

A-Rat will get thrown out of federal court. This is binding arbitration, and the law is very well settled that parties in collective bargaining situations that have agreed to binding arbitration do not get to re-try the case in court. And if A-Rat's attorneys actually release confidential information, then he and his attorneys will be subject to sanctions and damages by the court.

You know when they're huffing and puffing this much, they realize they can't blow the brick house down and they're trying to scare the piggies into giving up. I hope MLB holds to its guns and A-Rat gets himself even more penalties from the arbitrator and/or court.

tracejuno
tracejuno

Just retire. I am in my thirties and I can't remember baseball ever being less fun than now, and this is one reason. Go away.

rh2000
rh2000

Take it all to court!!! He is trash and should be publicly shamed for what he did and how he is acting now the coddled little biatch

nutz4golf
nutz4golf

@Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury Excuse Me? single out? It seems there were a few more players involved who were willing to admit to there bad judgement's and move on. Accepting the consequences, without trying to destroy the goose that provided for their golden lifestyles.

This guy is not a victim. He is a multiple offender who unfortunately was provided with a bit of immunity because of the money he brought in the door.

The collective bargaining agreement set the terms under which he is being adjudicated. But of course he has now thrown the players union under the bus as well.

In the end times men will be lovers of themselves.

Rodriquez has me looking to the sky.

rbeane1956
rbeane1956

@Whatever I beg to differ. The fact that MLB fired The last arbitrator that rule correctly against them gives Arod the opening he needs to plea the arbitration is rigged and Buddy boy has the fix in. Why do you think they wanted Buddy to testify? Because they have the goods on him and want to catch him lying under oath. You do not pay that many high priced lawyers to get bad advice. MLB is just as dirty as Arod. They let all these players use PED's in the 90's to get B-ball popular again and now they are throwing them under the bus.

jdane
jdane

@tracejuno Really?   So you're admitting that things were more fun during the steroid era?