Posted January 21, 2014

Report: MLB players wanted to kick Alex Rodriguez out of union

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Tony Bosch spoke out about his former client, Alex Rodriguez, for the first time Sunday night. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez sued the MLB Players Association for breach of duty. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball Players Association player representatives’ desire to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the union failed when union leaders informed them an expulsion was not legal, according to a report from Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

Passan and Brown write that the outraged player reps voiced their desire to expel Rodriguez during a 90-minute conference call on Jan. 13, the same day the suspended Yankees third baseman sued the MLBPA. When union leaders said the move was not legal, reps continued to push the issue and not one player defended Rodriguez.

“That’s what everyone was thinking,” the player said. “We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,] ‘This is our game and we don’t want you in it.’”

…Union attorneys – along with lawyers hired by Rodriguez – represented Rodriguez in his recent appeal of a 211-game suspension. Though an independent arbitrator cut the suspension to 162 games, the decision was a clear loss for Rodriguez. Two days later, a suit filed in federal court charged the union with breach of duty, claiming it had “completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez,” and also accused former MLBPA chief Michael Weiner of failing to properly represent Rodriguez. Weiner died of brain cancer in November.

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The lawsuit reportedly angered union player reps who felt Rodriguez had gone too far:

While many players allowed for Rodriguez to fight his suspension as he saw fit, they were incensed he would turn on his “brothers,” as one player termed the membership.

“It’s beyond disappointment,” said a player involved in union leadership who was on the conference call. “What brought it beyond disappointment was the fact he’s suing the union. Guys understand people make bad decisions, they lie when they’re embarrassed or trying to avoid punishment. Those are human qualities. Guys understand. But what made guys incensed is he would bring a suit against the union.”


24 comments
milan120
milan120

When he first came to New York....and the papers hailed A-Rod and Jeter as the "next great pair" of baseball....I said to myself - "NO WAY"- There was just "something about him" - I did not like......and over the years I realized Jeter never really befriended him more than was necessary as teammates...This whole situation with A-Rod is just embarrassing to the New york Yankees MLB.....Not a good thing since more people are opting to watch Football over the NBA and MLB.......

FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

SI always manages to come up with the perfect pic for Mr Rodriguez articles.

StephenRohrbeck
StephenRohrbeck

The ridiculous thing about the A-Rod lawsuits is this: If a union agrees to accept collective bargaining through an arbitrator, in exchange,  the decision of the arbitrator is final. This eliminates the possibility of tying up the process with frivolous lawsuits by either side. So for all his posturing and cries of foul play, Mr Rodriguez is just shuffling papers around on a courtroom table to make noise...and his lawyers know it. No judge in the country will rule against the legitimacy of arbitration. It would destroy 225 years of labor law. It will never happen. Whether the players on that conference call understand that or not (I suspect they do), it is telling to see the response. They "supported" his defense with an official appearance at his hearings, but didn't go out of there way to help. That's because nobody likes him, they want him to go away, and shortly he will.  Unfortunately, the union cannot throw him out for being unethical, lazy, a choker in the playoffs, and a law breaker (as has been discussed by others when describing unions). But I suspect what will happen here, as does in other union settings, is the rank and file (players) will let the Bosses (owners) know that they don't want this guy in their union shop (clubhouse). It is illegal for owners to collude, but it is not illegal for the players to tell the owners they don't want this guy as a co-worker.

Kapmak
Kapmak

I guess this shoots a hole in ARod's claim that the players are supporting him.

James C
James C

Mike 26 stated it best below. The union is stuck with this guy. It is guys like A-roid who have been a draw on all union membership the last 50 years. A-Roid is just like that guy working in an auto plant that is a chronic late arriver, little worker, and all around PITA that the company wants to fire. He does just enough that the union can't allow him to be fired despite knowing he deserves to be out on his butt in the parking lot. Coming from a union family I know all unions have guys like this. Most unions don't have guys like this making upwards of 100 million per contract through. 

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Ryan Braun...cheated, lied,  got caught,  and I havnt heard his name once this offseason.  
Both guys are d-bags but why is Arod more of dbag than Braun?  

Disbott3000
Disbott3000

I think the position of the other players is that he had his "day in court", so to speak and lost. If continuing to fight it in Federal courts meant dragging the union under the bus, then I guess they think he should have just stopped there and taken his punishment like a man. If I were in their union, I would want to boot him out as well. He's on a par with replacement players at this point with them. Let's assume he won't be getting invited to any union bowling tournaments or cook outs anytime soon.

idosports
idosports

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Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I understand why it would be illegal to kick Rodriquez out of the union. No matter how loathsome a guy is, the union is stuck with him. That's how it works. But I certainly understand why they want to dump him. Because, I'm pretty sure that if you look up 'useless' arrogant' 'liar' or 'cheat' in the dictionary, you'll see Alex Rodriquez's picture.  

MrArlington
MrArlington

The players thought they could kick a player out of the union and even after being told it was illegal they still wanted to do it? The players union is pathetic. Kick one of their own to the curb.

effeweall
effeweall

Sue them all A-rod.. Sue Biogenisis for breaking their confidentiality agreement.  Sue them all to England!!!

9yanks7
9yanks7

As far as I'm concerned anything Arod does doesn't count or matter.  

bandit74
bandit74

@espnrefugee0218 because Braun took his lumps like a man.  He didn't whine and carry on like a spoiled child...

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Disbott3000 

He's the same as a replacement player?  REALLY?

Replacement players are legitimately brought in during a dispute.  You may not like it, Union Guy, but it's perfectly legitimate.  

You and your ilk may hate owners (or for that matter, anyone you regard as more fortunate than yourself -- it's not fair!!!), and feel as though someone is constantly taking advantage of you.  But that doesn't mean the other side doesn't have rights, too.

 

Mike26
Mike26

@BrianO'Neill1 Maybe because A-Rod doesn't care whom he hurts and he won't pursue the union side of his suits as strongly.  Either way, A-Rod can rot in hel for all many people care.

Mike26
Mike26

@Rickapolis Yup.  Having to hold onto guys like A-Rod is a major drawback to union membership.

Mike26
Mike26

@MrArlington You and A-Rod must have similar relationships with your union.

Jed1
Jed1

Head in the sand, huh? How's that working out for you?

therealkmob
therealkmob

@bandit74 @espnrefugee0218 BS. Braun lied, whined, got a test collector fired, cried innocent and then got caught again and had no choice but to take it.  He's worse than A-rod.

mkmck69
mkmck69

@Jed1 Head in Aroid's butt, huh? How's that working out for YOU?