• Fellow Players Hate A-Rod

    Posted by on January 21st, 2014 · Comments (14)

    Via Yahoo Sports

    While Major League Baseball Players Association player representatives overwhelmingly agreed that Alex Rodriguez should be kicked out of the union during a 90-minute conference call the day he sued the MLBPA, union leaders said they could not legally pursue his expulsion, three sources on the call told Yahoo Sports.

    On a conference call of perhaps 40 players and board members held Jan. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., outraged union members repeatedly requested that Rodriguez be expelled, sources said. Following a roll call of players present on the line, according to one participant and another familiar with the call, the first player to speak asked bluntly: Can we kick him out of the union?

    Advised by union leadership that was not possible, more players nonetheless expressed the same opinion. Not a single member defended Rodriguez, one player said, in a forum where there are frequent disagreements.

    “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.’”

    While many players allowed for Rodriguez to fight his suspension as he saw fit, they were incensed he would turn on his “brothers,” as one player termed the membership.

    “It’s beyond disappointment,” said a player involved in union leadership who was on the conference call. “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.”

    Whether he’ll do so in a Yankees uniform, or otherwise, remains a question present on the minds of players who have trouble imagining him acclimating back into a clubhouse following the lawsuit. Should he return, players told Yahoo Sports, repercussions could manifest 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.”

    The last instance of the union blacklisting players was during the 1995 player strike, when several dozen replacement players – scabs, in the eyes of the union – subsequently were denied licensing money and union voting privileges for the remainder of their careers.

    Poor Al…

    He’s some misunderstood…not!


    Borat – Clip – A not joke by MyMovies_International

    Comments on Fellow Players Hate A-Rod

    1. OldYanksFan
      January 21st, 2014 | 7:56 pm

      Wrong AGAIN Steve.
      What many do not understand is that if he, or anyone else, were to sue to reverse their suspension THEY HAD TO INCLUDE the union in their lawsuit.

      See here: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/14/his-
      Gee… you would have thought Tony Clarke would have told the MLBPA players this. Hmmmmmmmmm……..

      AND

      http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/01/did-

      On “60 Minutes” last Sunday Rob Manfred claimed that a large payment from Alex Rodriguez to Tony Bosch’s attorney — $49,901.51 — was intended as a payoff for Bosch’s silence. When asked point blank if he thought the payment was a bribe, Rob Manfred said he did.

      In fact, documents obtained by New York suggests that the wire transfer was a legal payment made in error.

      On April 9, 2013, Rodriguez realized that the [second] payment was in error…. and Ribero-Ayala returned the money….

      What else do we assume, but don’t know?

    2. January 22nd, 2014 | 11:28 am

      @ OldYanksFan:
      You can stay in A-Rod’s corner if you want. But, you’re going to be lonely.

    3. JeremyM
      January 23rd, 2014 | 10:12 am

      I think OldYanksFan is just trying to be objective. There’s plenty of shady stuff going on from MLB’s side. If they’re going to have a drug policy that adds to the “integrity” of the game, it’s important that they are independent arbiters of such. And I’m not seeing it.

      Rodriguez should have been given 50 games like everyone else.

    4. January 23rd, 2014 | 11:54 am

      @ JeremyM:
      Even though he tried to impede the investigation?

    5. Kamieniecki
      January 23rd, 2014 | 1:12 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      I think OldYanksFan is just trying to be objective. There’s plenty of shady stuff going on from MLB’s side. If they’re going to have a drug policy that adds to the “integrity” of the game, it’s important that they are independent arbiters of such. And I’m not seeing it.

      Rodriguez should have been given 50 games like everyone else.

      Mike Francesa could not have said it better himself.

    6. MJ Recanati
      January 23rd, 2014 | 5:05 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Even though he tried to impede the investigation?

      If you read the arbitrator Horowitz’s opinion, he only suspended Rodriguez for 12 games for that part of the case.

    7. redbug
      January 23rd, 2014 | 6:40 pm

      The other players apparently weren’t taking PED’s for 3 yrs like Arod was.

    8. Corey
      January 23rd, 2014 | 7:19 pm

      @ redbug:
      From Boesh. To think that all of a sudden all these guys thought that taking PEDs for the first time would be a good idea on the 2010s after they’ve already been in the league is crazy.

    9. Mr. October
      January 23rd, 2014 | 9:49 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      If you read the arbitrator Horowitz’s opinion, he only suspended Rodriguez for 12 games for that part of the case.

      150 games for “little magic pills?”

    10. JeremyM
      January 25th, 2014 | 12:11 am

      Corey wrote:

      @ redbug:
      From Boesh. To think that all of a sudden all these guys thought that taking PEDs for the first time would be a good idea on the 2010s after they’ve already been in the league is crazy.

      Exactly.

    11. redbug
      January 25th, 2014 | 10:36 am

      @ JeremyM:

      Add to that, Arod told Bosch to give him what he gave Manny. Manny was caught!! Duh!

    12. McMillan
      January 25th, 2014 | 12:41 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      If you read the arbitrator Horowitz’s opinion, he only suspended Rodriguez for 12 games for that part of the case.

      It was Frederic Horowitz’s “opinion” that PED USE = BFD.

      However, it’s nice to see that Rodriguez is making the most of this unfortunate situation, and using this time to spend it with his young daughters… the same children he was so upset with having to be separated from at the time of a birthday because of the “farce” conducted by Horowitz: http://waswatching.com/2014/01/22/a-rod-enjoying-his-timeout-here-he-is-wearing-a-sombrero-jamming-with-mariachi-band-in-cancun/

    13. Raf
      January 26th, 2014 | 12:57 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      @ JeremyM:
      Even though he tried to impede the investigation?

      He shoulda built a fake website!
      http://deadspin.com/5936526/melky-cabreras-fake-website-sent-mlb-investigators-all-the-way-to-the-dominican-republic

      :D

    14. PHMDen
      January 26th, 2014 | 1:31 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      It was Frederic Horowitz’s “opinion” that PED USE = BFD.

      I wonder if Horowitz would’ve given Pud Galvin a 162-game suspension for mixing dried monkey testosterone with a drink before a game in 1889; probably not.

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