And on the latest episode of “As The World Revolves Around A-Rod”…
Alex Rodriguez and his lawyers filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in an effort to overturn his 162 game ban. The lawsuit is seeking to void Frederic Horowitz’s ruling, based on Horowitz’s “manifest disregard for the law”, his “evident partiality” and the refusal to “entertain evidence that was pertinent and material to the outcome.”
The suit also adds that the 162 game ban is “unjustifiable” and Horowitz ignored the rules of baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement, which gives a 50 game ban for first time drug offenders.
“He ignored the clear disciplinary action of the JDA,” the complaint reads, referring to the arbitrator. “Accordingly, the Arbitration Award is not legitimate as it does not draw its essence from the JDA or [C]BA.”
Rodriguez lists MLB and the MLBPA as defendants in the 42-page complaint and includes Horowitz’s written ruling on Rodriguez’s appeal. Rodriguez claims the MLBPA breached its “duty of fair representation” and claims MLB and MLBPA imposed a suspension without a justifiable cause.
Rodriguez’s legal team claimed the appeal process was flawed and Horowitz’s decision should have been invalid.
“We recognize the standard to overturn an arbitration is a high one,” Siev said. “But we think this proceeding was so flawed from beginning to end, including obvious bias from arbitrator Horowitz in favor of MLB, which is put forth in our complaint.”