Suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sues MLB, MLBPA
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.”
“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.”