When Alex Rodriguez decided to sue the Major League Baseball Player Association, the union became furious that Rodriguez would turn on his “brothers” of the game. Some members are so frustrated with the matter, they would expel Rodriguez from the union–if it were legal.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the MLBPA made a conference call consisting of 40 players and board members, which was held on January 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Outraged union members continuously asked if Rodriguez could be expelled, while the first player to speak bluntly asked, “Can we kick him out of the union?”
The union leader explained it was impossible to kick Rodriguez out for legal reasons, but members still asked for Rodriguez to be removed from the union. Not a single player defended Rodriguez, which is probably the first time every player agreed on a single matter.
That’s what everyone was thinking,” the player said. “We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,] ‘This is our game and we don’t want you in it.’”
Rodriguez recently filed a lawsuit against MLB and MLBPA in an effort to overturn his 162-game suspension. It was expected for Rodriguez to sue Major League Baseball, but it was a shocker he decided to bring the union into the situation as well, even after the union defended him following the 60 Minutes report that aired last Sunday.
“It’s beyond disappointment,” said a player involved in union leadership. “What brought it beyond disappointment was the fact he’s suing the union. Guys understand people make bad decisions, they lie when they’re embarrassed or trying to avoid punishment. Those are human qualities. Guys understand. But what made guys incensed is he would bring a suit against the union.”
If Rodriguez does return to play baseball, players will not take it too kindly and have already stated there will be repercussions of Rodriguez’s actions on the field.
“When he gets up to bat, you can hit him and hit him hard,” one player on the conference call told Yahoo Sports. “That’s what I’d do. He sued us. Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz screwed up. You know what? They owned up to it. They took their medicine.
“[Rodriguez] needs to be scared of coming back and facing people he sued. If he can’t fear the wrath of getting kicked out or not being included, he’s going to be forced out.”
Rodriguez’s camp did not comment on the situation.