Baseball’s longest-running soap opera, “As the A-Rod Turns” continued today (obviously) with Alex Rodriguez and his legal team filing a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the MLBPA in a last-ditch attempt to get his 162-game suspension overturned. A-Rod’s legal team accused the MLBPA for failing to to represent him fairly.
The big takeaway from the lawsuit is it make the ruling of independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz public. Horowitz basically rejected all of the Rodriguez camp’s claims, while finding the testimony of the disgraced Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch credible enough to help hand Rodriguez the longest PED ban in baseball history.
“Based on the entire record from the arbitration,” Horowitz wrote, “ MLB has demonstrated with clear and convincing evidence there is just cause to suspend Rodriguez for the 2014 season and 2014 postseason for having violated the (joint drug agreement) by the use and/or possession of testosterone, IGF-1, and hGH over the course of three years, and for the two attempts to obstruct MLB’s investigation.” Horowitz wrote.
Horowitz’s rationale isn’t all that surprising when you consider his decision was pro-Bud Selig and MLB, who promptly decided to use 60 Minutes on Sunday night as a national television victory lap. The MLBPA blasted Selig and baseball COO Rob Manfred’s participation in the very-lopsided piece that afforded Bosch a platform to rip apart A-Rod with little, if any, counterbalance.
A day later, in the wake of A-Rod’s lawsuit, MLBPA president Tony Clark turned his ire toward Rodriguez himself, in particular for disparaging late union chief Michael Weiner:
“It is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association. His claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.
“The Players Association has vigorously defended Mr. Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career. Mr. Rodriguez’s allegation that the Association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on our former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable. When all is said and done, I am confident the Players Association will prevail.”
It could be argued (easily) the Player’s Association didn’t exactly bend over backwards to help Rodriguez throughout this process. After today’s actions, A-Rod and his legal team all but stand alone.
Until the next development …