• A-Rod Sues MLB & The MLBPA

    Posted by on January 13th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Via the boys over at The Post

    Alex Rodriguez has turned on his own union.

    In an effort to nullify the 162-game suspension he received on Saturday for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, the Yankees’ beleaguered superstar filed a new lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Monday that names both Major League Baseball (and commissioner Bud Selig) and the MLB Players Association as defendants.

    A-Rod’s team of attorneys alleged the Players Association “completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rights under the agreements between MLB and MLBPA.” In the suit, Team A-Rod asks for a finding that the Players Association “has breached its duty of fair representation” to Rodriguez, and that MLB “has breached the collectively bargained agreement,” by virtue of which his discipline should be vacated. It also asks for “such other and further relief as the Court deems just, proper and equitable.”

    The lawsuit details several complaints in which Team A-Rod alleges the union, long viewed as one of the most effective and powerful unions in the United States, declined to intervene on A-Rod’s behalf. Among them are the failure to stop MLB’s lawsuit against Anthony Bosch, which led to Bosch cooperating with MLB; a refusal to let Rodriguez select his own representative (instead of the PA’s general counsel David Prouty) to the three-person arbitration panel; a lack of effort to halt media leaks about A-Rod’s case and public comments made by Michael Weiner, the former executive director of the Players Association who died on Nov. 21, that implied Rodriguez’s guilt in the matter.

    On Aug. 6, the day after Rodriguez received his 211-game suspension from Bud Selig, Weiner told Chris Russo on Mad Dog Radio that, having seen MLB’s evidence against Rodriguez, he advised Rodriguez to accept a suspension of a specific, unidentified length. The suit contends these comments “were clearly inconsistent with MLBPA’s duty to fairly and ardently represent Mr. Rodriguez.”

    The suit also alleges myriad transgressions by Fredric Horowitz, the independent arbitrator, during the 12-day hearing. Horowitz ultimately reduced the 211-game suspension to 162 games.

    How long until the Yankees sue A-Rod to try and get out of the remaining money they owe him?

    Comments on A-Rod Sues MLB & The MLBPA

    1. LMJ229
      January 13th, 2014 | 8:20 pm

      First A-Rod was busy trying to sell us all bridges now he’s busy trying to burn them all. Go figure.

    2. #15
      January 13th, 2014 | 10:16 pm

      I think the Yankees sit back and do nothing for as long as possible. A-Rod is in the process of alienating himself from baseball, the fans, the media, the players union and his teammates. Shut up and let him continue to harm himself. If his lawyers are egging him on, they should be fired. The best thing he could do is shut up and crawl in a hole. I’m actually guessing the hope is to have the judge throw out his suit. Then he can continue to pout, stamp his feet, claim innocence and scream injustice while avoiding going under oath.

    3. Evan3457
      January 14th, 2014 | 2:43 am

      The Yanks might countersue if A-Rod sues them first, but I don’t think they’ll sue him on their own initiative. I don’t think they can win such a suit, anyway.

    4. January 14th, 2014 | 8:42 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      First A-Rod was busy trying to sell us all bridges now he’s busy trying to burn them all. Go figure.

      Good one!

      Personally, I suspect that the Yankees are PRAYING that A-Rod does something, anything, over the year that he’s out to bring cause for them to void the rest of his contract. And, it wouldn’t shock me if they have him tailed, everyday, when he is out, with the hope to get some dirt that will fry his ass.

      And, since A-Rod is an ass, would that be re-fried ass?

    5. Mr. October
      January 14th, 2014 | 3:32 pm

      Lost in all of this was the signing of Scott Sizemore.

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