Rodriguez walks out of his own grievance hearing

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We all knew that the Alex Rodriguez grievance hearing saga was going to be full of drama–but what happened today took it to a whole other level. According to LoHud, Rodriguez stormed out of his own grievance hearing after arbitrator Frederic Horowitz refused to order Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

Rodriguez reportedly slammed his hand on the table, shouted a few obscenities to COO of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred and left. Following the outburst, Rodriguez released a statement to the press:

“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails. 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.

“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. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”

Major League Baseball also released a statement regarding Rodriguez’s outburst:

“For more than 40 years, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process to address disputes between the two parties. This negotiated process has served players and clubs well. Despite Mr.Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel’s rulings today, MLB remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute.”

 

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6 Responses to Rodriguez walks out of his own grievance hearing

  1. gcorcoran says:

    Bud Selig is a joke. The guy has done nothing but be anti-Yankee ever since they started winning the world series year after year. Aside from that, it seems clear to me that he does have a vendetta against A-Rod. His refusal to show up to court is gutless if you ask me.

    I am no fan of A-Rod and I think he deserves to be suspended, but this 211 game ruling was outlandish, unprecedented, and ridiculous in my opinion. He is leaving baseball after this year and he is using the fact that there will be no repercussions for his actions to his advantage.

  2. gcorcoran says:

    Bud Selig is a joke. The guy has done nothing but be anti-Yankee ever since they started winning the world series year after year. Aside from that, it seems clear to me that he does have a vendetta against A-Rod. His refusal to show up to court is gutless if you ask me.

    I am no fan of A-Rod and I think he deserves to be suspended, but this 211 game ruling was outlandish, unprecedented, and ridiculous in my opinion. Selig is leaving baseball after this year and he is using the fact that there will be no repercussions for his actions to his advantage.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      What I wonder is that I think Selig is using A-Rod as a scapegoat. I mean everyone in the scandal got 50 games (I think Braun got 65) and then A-Rod gets 211-games. Last time I checked, the rules were if you were caught once, it's 50, if it's second then 150. A third time then you're suspended. A-Rod should have gotten 50 games because technically he wasn't caught by Major League Baseball. He admitted it on television. You have to think Selig is using his personal feelings here.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    A-fraud deserves to be banned from baseball. However, Selig is taking advantage of the fact that A-Fraud is such an easy target to try and rehabilitate his own image. It should not be forgotten that Selig presided over the steroid era and did absolutely nothing. It was his malfeasance that allowed Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire to establish records and to keep them (unbelievable!). In a long line of stooges for the owners, Selig is possibly the worst commissioner of all time, and certainly since Bowie Kuhn. In any case he is widely recognized as one of the dumbest people in sports – which says alot.
    If there is any justice Selig and A-Fraud will be banned together. But a player who tries to circumvent the laws of the sport, who has admitted using in the past, who has possibly used since high school, who directed other players to the clinic, who sought to obstruct the investigation…Well 211 games seems okay to me. It's inconsistent with leniency towards Bonds and McGwire (who should be banned from the game and not allowed to be a hitting coach with the Dodgers), but a zero tolerance stance has to start somewhere and this turd is the player with whom to start.
    Now let's see players banned for life for the first offense and have to go through a lengthy reinstatement process.

  4. Michael R says:

    Agree with TT.