Posted January 13, 2014

Suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sues MLB, MLBPA

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Alex Rodriguez (Raymond Hall/Getty Images)

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez says he will attend spring training despite a suspension. (Raymond Hall/Getty Images)

Suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and the MLB players’ association as he seeks to overturn his season-long suspension, the Associated Press reports.

Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season after Saturday’s ruling by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Rodriguez will lose $25 million in salary this upcoming season and says the players union “engaged in numerous acts that were arbitrary, capricious, and taken in bad faith.”

Horowitz said in his decision that there was “clear and convincing evidence” that Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs and twice tried to obstruct MLB’s drug investigation into the now-closed Biogenesis clinic.

Horowitz also said of Rodriguez that “while the length of suspension may be unprecedented so is the misconduct.”

VERDUCCI: Horowitz’s ruling cements Rodriguez as A-Fraud once and for all

“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said. “This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.

Rodriguez remained defiant saying he did not “use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court.”


86 comments
ARodH8ter
ARodH8ter

What the Yankees need 2 do is void the balance of A-Rod's deal & sign some REAL talent!!

oasis1994
oasis1994

I'm sorry, but this is funny. What is he trying to accomplish here? You are basically suing every major league players by doing this. His lawyers are smart men. They are going to bleed Arod for millions by going this route. 

Doug92352
Doug92352

Aren't we all sick of hearing about this scumbag and his self inflicted problems?

ChiefG
ChiefG

Isn't there something better to talk about besides some loser, cheater and bum?

DeathTongueOpus
DeathTongueOpus

about time. I hope A-rod makes selig look like the fool he is, and baseball's cartel will be ended.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

No problem with the suspension as long as David Ortiz & Ryan Braun are suspended for the same amount of time.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

This guy is just making friends across the board these days! I don't think we will see A-roid play again in MLB. This is becoming exactly like the Lance Armstrong situation. 

Matthew W
Matthew W

Dude, just retire already and disappear. Take what's left of your nearly half a BILLION career earnings and stop making a fool of yourself. 


MLB doesn't want you back. Most fans don't want you back. The Yankees will be happy to drop your salary off the books. Just give it up.

championbc
championbc

 Actually, I guess I feel a little sorry for him; after all, his only friends are lawyers, and he had to pay them to be his friends.

R3
R3

Does ANYBODY even want this guy around anymore. Holy cow. Give it up.

astronix
astronix

Do "Gummy" and his entourage travel together by clown car because this lawsuit and all of his PR campaign is a joke

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

From 1997 -2002, David Ortiz played in 455 games for The Twins and he hit a whopping 58 homeruns and 238 RBI' s.  The Twins did not see any point in resigning Ortiz.  Let that sink in.  The Twins let Ortiz walk and it was not due to money.  Unfortunately, the Twins did not see how a previously medium-sized Papi (220 lbs) could morph into Big Papi, a 275 lb homerun machine.  Apparently, the Twins were unaware of Ortiz' s better living through chemistry.


Now, A-Rod is acting like a petulant jacka$$, but for him to be skewered while guys like Braun failed two tests (documented), and in proclaiming his innocence he claimed that the urine sample lab tech was a possible anti-Semite and perhaps a Cubs fan with an axe to grind.  When Braun was exposed, he missed less than half a year and he his coming to a spring training near you. Meanwhile, Rodriguez is out for the year.  Morale of the story...there is none.  One player is going to be made an example for a whole era of steroid abusers, and one player was probably laughing while he saw Bosch on 60 minutes last night.  A-Rod is a being a tone-deaf d!ck, but  I'm not sure that warrants a separate punishment that was outside of the anti-PED CBA.

sbp
sbp

A-Rod's lawyers have him put out a statement that is patently disingenuous and misleading as to the law and his rights. 

"This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury..."Right- it was never SUPPOSED to go to a jury. This is the system that's been in place and that HE signed on to when he renewed his contract. Does he think he's ENTITLED to a jury trial? Of course not. He just wants to confuse the public who aren't paying attention to the fact that HE agreed to arbitration.

"and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable."  And again, what do the rules in COURT have to do with the rules in an arbitration? NOTHING. Just more sleight of hand, trying to confuse the public. Besides, this kind of evidence DOES get admitted in court. Then it's up to the jury to decide if it's believable or not. Think about "jailhouse snitches" or Mafia informants.  They testify ALL THE TIME. They're scumbags, but their testimony is STILL ALLOWED.  Then the defense attorneys remind the jury that they're scumbags.


It's really a poor job of trying to spin this in his favor, but it's so transparent it makes him look MORE guilty.

championbc
championbc

 I find it interesting that Rodriguez can be this blind.  I've heard absolutely nothing about any fans or fan clubs standing up for him.  No one is crying for his return to baseball.


This man has become an overpaid, unpopular, self-seeking, self-centered liability to his team, his sport, and maybe himself.


 And the sad part is, he doesn't even realize it.  He is so out of touch he doesn't even remember how he got to MLB in the first place.

MrArlington
MrArlington

I for one feel that "steroid era" baseball was the best damn baseball played in our lifetime.. Invalidating an entire era of players is a disgrace to baseball and it's fans from that era.. Whether you don't approve of PED use for health or "unfair advantage" reasons I could point to other legal supplements that you could use the same argument.

rogerdale38
rogerdale38

Just don't see a federal court even hearing this case. The social conscience is certainly not in his favor at this time. Alex, I think you've screwed the pooch this time.

laclipperzfan
laclipperzfan

Meanwhile david ortiz's career lives on in glory.  He was caught in 2003 during MLB's survey of steroid abuse and is a known roider, cheater and to order double cheeseburgers with sides of bacon in lieu of fries.  He's named MVP of the WS at age 40 when it's obvious he hasn't been clean in over a decade, and MLB does nothing about it.  The entire sport has reached cycling's level of absurdity.  He still doesn't know how that positive test turned up, in the first season that he became a star player mind you.  Baseball been berrry, berrrrry good big papi.

DavidHyde
DavidHyde

" does not involve me having failed a single drug test"

Hmm... bike racers have heard this one before.

Bacon1
Bacon1

Not right to just punish arod for a whole season and no one else. Why isn't Jesse and al jumping up and down screaming racism as usual. He should have got no more than half the season at most. It was definitely too much and not fair.

RJC
RJC

Go away you cheating piece of trash.  I  hope they wipe every single stats  of yours from the record books and ban  you from the  HOF.

StuTuton
StuTuton

Incredibly, Alex Rodriguez will likely not play a game this year, yet be the player that is most talked about in 2014.

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

Who is A-Rod?  I forgot him already.

lenbiz68
lenbiz68

The scumbag sued the MLBPA...every player in the league should immediately come out and absolutely slam dunk this loser! They should all call him what he is:  an untalented, cheating, loser! 


He spit on the union that fought for him...they no longer need to defend this jerk!

lenbiz68
lenbiz68

The best thing for baseball would be for A-Rod to get a career ending injury or disease...TOMORROW.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

The real tragedy is the Yankees signed that ridiculous contract and now get Luxury Tax relief.  So MLB gave the NYY everything they wanted- a) A-Rod on a platter b) Luxury Tax relief.  Merry Belated Christmas Mr. Cashman!

MikeKing
MikeKing

@Matthew W Yea you would walk away from 85 million no problem.  They want to pay him and have him go away, maybe.  Until then, the guy is not giving it up.  

rkcla08
rkcla08

@JizzMasterZero 

the ortiz example is stupid.  in essence what you are saying is a player, any player, can't get better through different coaching, a more intense regimen of nutrition along with weight training anda myriad of other circumstances that allow players to improve.

the only thing that is confirmed in your statement is when a player improves the stupidity finger is pointed to 'roids.  now, whether true or not, when a player becomes better over the course of a career it shouldn't be viewed as one who juiced, it should be looked upon as elevating their ability by playing hard day-in and day-out.

it's tiring to see all the speculation when players actually find the groove.  the difference with a-rod is he had the groove all along, but the evidence points to him not wanting to lose it and it took drugs to do so.

MrArlington
MrArlington

@JizzMasterZeroYou're being practical. This is the bash A-Rod board. Apparently you didn't get the memo.


I do agree with you. A-Rod is the so called "face of steroids" and Selig feels his legacy is dependent on making an example of A Rod. Braun made a fool of him and Selig wants to go out on top.

sbp
sbp

@JizzMasterZeroNo different than copping a plea in a criminal case. They got lighter sentences for accepting guilt and admitting it. Also, the arbitrator found A-Rod actively tried to obstruct the investigation.  He gets punishment outside the agreement because of that.

rkcla08
rkcla08

@MrArlington 

i agree.  is further proof needed than schilling being injected with pain killers so the only thing he felt was a crusty sock?  and what about the cash cow mlb and other sports have in accepting advertising for male "performance" enhancement drugs...but see your dr. if it lasts for more than 4-hours.

drugs are drugs.  who cares if they are fda approved, they ads are filled with more harmful effects than what they are good for in relief.  mlb, the nfl, the pga can't stand on the credibility platform when it's the drug companies that are paying for their dinner. 

F4
F4

@MrArlington You are a disgrace to the fans of this great sport. Go watch the WWF.

sbp
sbp

@Bacon1Everyone else involved in Biogenesis got pretty hefty suspensions - and THEY accepted it.  Which, by the way, is even FURTHER evidence that Bosch was telling the truth.

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

@Bacon1

ARod is NOT black. so racists like JJ and Sharpie don't care.

and the penalty is tooo light. kick his but out!

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

@RJC If he had a clue, he would ditch the ambulance chasers and just be himself.  Be Alex Rodriguez, not A-Rod.  Admit guilt and apologize to the fans and to the players/teammates.  Then take the next year and offer an independent documentation of his work out regimen and volunteer for random UA's throughout 2014 and through the following off season.  If he keeps a low profile and shows some humility, he may have a chance of resuming his career in 2015.  The odd thing is that it may not be this fiasco that prevents him from a comeback, but the fact the last two years his production has plummeted, he has been injured, and he will turn 40 by next year's All-Star break.  If he decides to proceed with litigation and he is foolish enough to attend spring training, then he is basically signing his own death warrant.  After which, Pete Rose would have a better chance of resuming his career than A-Rod.

drbcool
drbcool

That is his real target. To be front and center, regardless of why.

Boogieman1281
Boogieman1281

@PhillyPenn Neverending hyporisy.  They're all so "morally outraged," but I don't see the Yankees or MLB offering to refund the money of all the fans he "duped" into buying his merchandise, or who bought tickets to their games because they wanted to see him play.  Better take down that 2009 World Series banner, too, just to be safe.

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

@rkcla08 @JizzMasterZero Google is your friend.  Look up Ortiz' numbers for 06-07 and the numbers from 2008 to 2010.  07 marks the release of the Mitchell Report.  Perhaps it is a coincidence, but Ortiz' s batting averages were .264, .232, and .270.  Far below his pre Mitchell Report numbers.  His homeruns totals dipped precipitously.  Then, with his days in a Boston uniform numbered, he has a Rennasaince and he is back to hitting above .300. His career arc, decline, and rebound is almost unprecedented.  The point is, if you think Ortiz or most MLB players were above the steroid fray, the numbers show otherwise.  A-Rod' s problem is that he let his ego and pride get in the way and he happens to be a very polarizing player.  Making an example out of A-Rod is not going absolve Selig and the MLB of all their sins.  Again, A-Rod's a jerk and a cheater, but he has plenty of company in that club.

RJC
RJC

@JizzMasterZero @RJC if baseball was serious about cleaning this up they'd have a 'steroid clause' on every contract stating that your stats get wiped for the year you cheated, plus the previous seasons of your contract, and your salary got retroactively clawed back for the period aswell.  Bans are a start but after making 250 million, 25m is peanuts

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

@Boogieman1281 @PhillyPenn To be fair, Rodriguez failed the same amount of UA' s as Big Papi Ortiz and only a blind homer would think that Ortiz never juiced.  Let's not forget Manny Ramirez who has failed two urine tests.  Was that just Manny being Manny?  If we are going to retroactively strip teams of a WS, then the Red Sox need to fork over their wins from 04' and 07'.  I assume you were writing in hyperbole, however, if by chance you were serious, punishing the fans and the other 24 guys on the team would set a dangerous precedent and do more harm than good.  


A-Rod is without conscious and he should really take a deep breath and take a step back and just take accountability.  Apologize in public without a script written by his flock of sycophant handlers, and show some genuine remorse.  Take his punishment like a man and come back next year.  At this point he is Apollo Creed and the MLB/public scorn is Ivan Drago.  Apollo and A-Rod did not respect their opponent.  Apollo wound up pushing up daisies, because his pride would not allow him to concede defeat.  A-Rod should take note and walk away so he can live to perhaps resume his baseball career next year.  If he tries to go toe-to-toe with the MLB, well, "if he dies, he dies."  Spoiler alert A-Rod...unlike Rocky,  you really cannot win!

gymviking
gymviking

@JizzMasterZero @rkcla08  Maybe, but everyone in the Biogenesis scandal got suspended. Even Braun, who previously beat the rap with highly paid attorney's chicanery, accepted the penalty. They had these guys dead to rights. ARod saw the Bonds-Clemens-Braun acts previously and decided to go the route of hiding behind expensive mouthpieces and claiming to be a victim. He probably figured that was the best way to collect the most from his ridiculous contract.


  While it's very probably that Ortiz used PEDs much more then has been publicly acknowledged, as have several others, he was not connected to Biogenesus and so wouldn't be part of this particular enforcement. The fact that Ortiz can't be implicated here shouldn't reflect on ARod's penalty.


     As had been previously mentioned, ARod's penalty should be greater than Braun's, or the others, both for his singular denial of involvement and proven attempts to obstruct the investigation.