Alex Rodriguez abruptly left his grievance hearing Wednesday morning, apparently upset that Bud Selig will not be forced to testify.
“I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process,” Rodriguez said, apparently referring to MLB’s chief witness against him, Tony Bosch. “This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.
“The absurdity and injustice just became too much,” Rodriguez’s statement read. “I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”
Where this goes from here is anyone’s guess. It will most likely wind up in federal court, regardless of what arbitrator Frederic Horowitz rules. A-Rod is trying to overturn or reduce the 211-game suspension handed out to him in August for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis.
UPDATE: ESPN New York provides some more details, including Rodriguez cursing out MLB COO Rob Manfred:
This is ridiculous,” Rodriguez is said to have shouted after Horowitz issued his ruling shortly before noon at MLB’s offices on Park Ave. Rodriguez then pointed his finger at Manfred, who directed baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic suspected of being a source of supply of illegal PEDs to ballplayers, and said “You know you’re full of s—!”