Posted February 07, 2014

Report: Alex Rodriguez drops lawsuit against MLB, MLBPA

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Alex Rodriguez likely won't learn his fate until next week. (Raymond Hall/Getty Images)

Suspended Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez says he will not attend spring training this year. (Raymond Hall/Getty Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez voluntarily dropped his lawsuit against Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and Commissioner Bud Selig, reports the New York Daily News.

Rodriguez was seeking dismissal of a reduced 162-game suspension handed down by MLB last month, after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz lessened the original 211-game sentence to 162 games.

Horowitz said there was “clear and convincing evidence” that Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the investigation.

Rodriguez’s representatives filed the lawsuit two days later after the suspension. They said at the time that the suit was based on Horowitz’s “manifest disregard for the law,” his “evident partiality,” and refusal “to entertain evidence that was pertinent and material to the outcome.” Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association responded today, via MLB.com:

 “Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit.  His decision to move forward is in everyone’s best interest,” MLBPA said in a statement.

“We have been informed that Alex. Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire,” MLB said in a statement.

Friday was the deadline for Rodriguez to respond to the MLB and MLBPA’s request to throw out the lawsuit.

Rodriguez, 38, only played in 44 games for the Yankees last season after two hip surgeries.


18 comments
JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

He will be the designated hitter for Kansas City or Cleveland.  The Yankees will eat at least $20 mill per year of his contract.  But, I wish that they would sue him for fraud; I wish that the Brewers would sue Braun for fraud.

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

All you anti-A-Rod folks should just stick to what you are good at:  sucking huge donkey di..ck … you're all a bunch of c**k sucking fa&&ots and you know it is true … 

morejunk
morejunk

This is ARoid.  He just decided that the best way to hurt the Yankees and MLB is to come back after the suspension and make the Yankees pay him the rest of his contract.  Even after the suspension he'll still have what 2 years left on the contract and another $30 million?

Mark my words, he's not done tarnishing baseball.

parkbrav
parkbrav

It was a frivolous lawsuit, anyway

bobdevo
bobdevo

Apparently his lawyers finally explained to him that in a civil suit there are no 5th amendment protections, and if you lie you can go to jail.  Oooops.

mkmck69
mkmck69

Roid-boy finally seeing the writing on the wall? About damn time, cheater. Now just go away....

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

He's made his case in public without ever making it under oath. He can say it would cost him 30mill for lawyers and that's too expensive, and that he doesn't want to sue his colleagues, without ever having to testify under oath. He's done as much as he possibly can to save his reputation, without ever having to raise his hand and swear to God under penalty of perjury. Hate to say it, but well played, A-Fraud.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I wouldn't be surprised to see him come up with something else. He just cannot leave it alone.

ianforbes
ianforbes

How shocking! ARoid told us all that he'd be vindicated in court. Guess he didn't like the fact of paying out millions in lawyer fees and still lose. Good riddance Aroid!

dei1c3
dei1c3

Hahahahaha!  Now go away, A-Fraud!

Whatever
Whatever

In other words, his attorneys finally convinced him that not only was he going to lose mightily, but that the lawsuit would make public all of the evidence against him, thus tarnishing what little bit of an image he has left (yes, even his terrible image can become worse).

Can we PLEASE have one year without any more stories about A-Roid? PRETTY PLEASE?????

foxtheory
foxtheory

first smart thing he has done in years

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

HWY would the Yankees even want ARod to participate in spring training. ARod can't play in the regular season so why spend the time on ARod that could be spent on other players that can play? Let him run wind sprints all day long or shag balls in the outfield.

mkmck69
mkmck69

@thebigdawg3  Bet you've got a copy of Aroid's Minotaur painting over your bed, don't you? 

parkbrav
parkbrav

I can't believe this post hasn't been flagged and removed yet

mkmck69
mkmck69

@Whatever  One year? How about forever? The only time I ever want to hear his name again is when he's on the HOF ballot and gets turned down.