• It’s A-Rod Decision Weekend

    Posted by on January 11th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Via the AP -

    Alex Rodriguez is likely to find out in the next few days whether his drug suspension will be overturned.

    People familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Friday that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz could issue his decision this weekend. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

    The New York Yankees third baseman, a three-time AL MVP, was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. The penalty was given for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract and followed Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

    The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance saying the discipline was without “just cause.”

    Horowitz, MLB’s independent arbitrator, heard the case over 12 sessions from Sept. 30 until Nov. 20. The sides submitted briefs last month.

    Rodriguez’s lawyers have threatened to go to federal court in an attempt to overturn a decision not to their liking. The Supreme Court has given judges little leeway to alter arbitrator’s rulings.

    Is there really any doubt that he’s going to be suspended? It’s just a matter of whether or not it’s the full two-eleven or something less than that…

    And, is there really any doubt that A-Rod will take it to court?

    Comments on It’s A-Rod Decision Weekend

    1. redbug
      January 11th, 2014 | 10:53 am

      I think it was ESPN who reported he’s willing to accept 100 or fewer games. Cheaper than what it would cost to appeal.

      Since it appears MLB won’t bargain the length down, Arod’s trying to bargain w/ Horowitz via the press.

      So, maybe Horowitz tries a full season, plus post season, gambling that’s the end of it.

    2. Mr. October
      January 11th, 2014 | 11:49 am

      I’m not sure the analysis is as simple as an estimation of what Rodriguez’s legal fees will be with a 100-game suspension in comparison with Rodriguez’s salary… I might end up in court no matter what the length of the suspension is.

    3. redbug
      January 11th, 2014 | 2:15 pm

      162 games it is. Arod says he’s going to court.

    4. Evan3457
      January 11th, 2014 | 3:47 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      I’m not sure the analysis is as simple as an estimation of what Rodriguez’s legal fees will be with a 100-game suspension in comparison with Rodriguez’s salary… I might end up in court no matter what the length of the suspension is.

      Oh, it’ll end up in court. But A-Rod almost certainly will not get an injunction against the suspension. He might get a stay of it. Maybe.

    5. Evan3457
      January 11th, 2014 | 3:48 pm

      Of course, A-Rod still has all the lawsuits out against the Yankees, the doctors and MLB. If all he wants is money back, he might win 1 or 2 of those, or get a settlement.

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