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A-Rod formally files the appeal of his 211-game suspension

Aug 8, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez speaks during a news conference in Chicago Reuters

Alex Rodriguez and the union have filed his suspension papers:

The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez‘s 211-game suspension Wednesday, sending the case to an independent arbitrator. Union spokesman Greg Bouris confirmed the appeal and said the players’ association had no further comment.

Major League Baseball declined comment too. If A-Rod comments no one is going to believe him anyway, so he probably shouldn’t bother.

All of this is a formality, of course. But the formal parts are what really matters when you’re doing legal things.

  1. tcostant - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I think I’m the only one out there who think A-Rod was smart to appeal. I bet it get reduced by 75 games or more. I know he is a turd, but he never failed a test that counted and even if you say this really his second offence though the new math, that still only 100 games or so.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      I don’t think any of us think A-Rod isn’t smart, and wouldn’t do what he’s doing if in his situation. What’s he got to lose at this point?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Nah there’s plenty of us who’ve been beating this drum from the beginning. If you want level headed analysis look for Kevin S. For passionate analysis try bigharold. I’ll provide the assholish analysis.

      • paperlions - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Hey buddy, you are horning in on my territory.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        I’ll mention remembering some bit of trivia, and you’ll respond with a link to the original source.

      • cur68 - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        You guys are cutting my lunch.

      • bigharold - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        Don’t confuse irreverent and snarky with assholish,

        Actually, I think Lions is right, but since we never agree with him who am I to say?

    • moogro - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      I got your back. Bud’s a moron. A 50 game suspension would have destroyed his credibility. This is just making people take his side.

    • pandebailey - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      Nope, I agree the appeal was smart ….he can’t go any lower in people’s minds, he gets to play this year when the Yanks really need him and who knows, he might help them out a little.

      The only problems are 1) having every team (I hope) throw right at his head this year and 2) giving MLB time to turn over every rock to find more evidence on him. Bud was mad before, now he’s really on a mission.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        1) having every team (I hope) throw right at his head this year

        Stay classy!

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Do the lawyers have show up in tuxedos? Or would British barrister robes and wigs be sufficient?

    • raysfan1 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Since we’ve been told it is the formal parts that matter, I’d have to say tuxedos for male lawyers and evening gowns for female lawyers.

  3. makeham98 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Not just the formalities, about the process. I believe he probably did more than he’s accused of. I also believe he may win his appeal.

    It’s like being arrested (no personal experience). Would you rather have your lawyer get you off on a technicality or go to jail even though you didn’t do it? Such is the system.

  4. apkyletexas - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I can’t see him getting more than 100 from an arbitrator, and he might get it down to 50. What’s he really got to lose? Selig went so far past his powers under the joint drug agreement, it’s going to end up biting him in the butt.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      I’ll wear Yankees underwear – on the outside of my regular pants – for a month if it gets reduced to 50

      • Kevin S. - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Pics or it doesn’t count.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        I’ll double down – pics included if it’s dropped to 50

  5. sportsdrenched - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    All of this is a formality, of course. But the formal parts are what really matters when you’re doing legal things.

    Just ask Elvis Dumerville & The Denver Broncos.

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    One question I still don’t get – is it in fact a 211 game suspension, or is it “through the end of 2014”?

    Not an insignificant detail at all at this point – because by the time it gets decided, “through the end of 2014” may well mean 162 games, which would be much more in line with 150, and which would be a lot easier to swallow for some. In an odd jujitsu – Selig could win the appeal without getting what he originally handed down.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Per Wendy Thurm @ fangraphs, the suspension is actually for all of 2013 and all of 2014, which should show you how arbitrary it actually is. If the Yanks make the playoffs in both years, it’s like 230+ games. If they don’t, it’s 211. Or any combination in between.

      In the end, it appears that Selig decided to suspend Rodriguez for the remainder of this season and all of next season because he liked the optics and with the hope that the arbitrator will uphold the punishment in full, or trim it down only slightly, on Rodriguez’s appeal. But unlike league officials, arbitrators must confine their decisions to the language of the agreements. If the language is ambiguous, the arbitrator can hear testimony on the negotiations leading to the agreements to try to flesh out the parties’ intent.

      Further clarification:

      4:09 Comment From Jo
      Hypothetical, but if A-Rod is suspended for 211 games, which is the rest of this season through the end of the 2014 regular season, then he could technically join the Yankees at the tail end of the 2014 season, right? This would be because the Yankees make the 2013 playoffs and those 10-ish games are included in his 211 game suspension.

      4:10 Wendy Thurm: No. The suspension is for the rest of 2013, all of the 2013 postseason (if the
      Yankees play, and all of 2014. The suspension will be stayed pending the appeal. The arbitrator will ultimately decide how long A-Rod serves, when that starts and ends.

      • theskinsman - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Yankees make the playoffs???? Now who’s on the stuff???

  7. sportsdrenched - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I just wonder where 211 games came from? Surely a bunc of suits in a room got together and had these discussions before arriving at this number. Or is it just a negotiating thing? We’ll slap 211 on him knowing he’ll appeal, and it will get knocked down to 150 or something which is where we really want it. I know I do that a lot when negotiating.

    • dluxxx - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      211, when handed down, would have suspended him for the rest of this season and all of next season. It was very calculated to ensure that A-Rod’s contract wouldn’t count against the Yankee’s cap next year. Otherwise, they’d have just suspended him for the rest of this year and been done with it.

      I’m normally not a conspiracy theorist guy, but it’s pretty obvious that they don’t want A-Rod to play next year, and they’re trying to sign Cano long-term. Occam’s Razor says that something is fishy with this one.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      I covered this in another post. The final negotiation went like this:

      Michael Weiner: Why not just give 100 games, and have 100 be louder?
      Bud Selig: These go up to 211

    • anxovies - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      As one of the bloggers pointed out the other day, the number 211 is a primoral prime number. 211 is the sixth in the sequence of primoral primes, the fifth being 31 and the seventh being 2309. Bud obviously did not think that a 31 day suspension was long enough and 2309 days is well over six years by which time ARod would be in his mid-40s. Bud, being ever a compassionate man, felt that this was too long, hence 211 days. Any more questions?

      • sportsdrenched - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Out of of all the explinations…I like this one the best. I’m gonna roll with it.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Well, since he is ” fighting for his life “, kind of a duh move.

    After all, I wouldn’t want to be stabbed, shot, drawn, and quartered myself over a game.

  9. granadafan - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    What happened to the talk about giving Aroid the Pete Rose punishment and banning him for life for his continual lies, obstruction, and cheating? If Roid loses the appeal, MLB should push for an even HIGHER punishment.

    • clemente2 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Have you read the JDA?

  10. the0real0laughing0man - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Why is he being allowed back in? We need to stop treating these guys like they are saints. Take steroids, your career is over and done with, period. If these guys want to claim to be role models for kids they need to nut up or shut up.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Who cares about rules and punishments, kill them all, that’s what you say, right?

      • the0real0laughing0man - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:15 AM

        Letting him back in is actually not following the rules of the game. In fact I also think the rules are too lenient. We should have a zero tolerance policy for steroid/enhancement users. Letting them continue to play demeans the spirit of the game.

    • clemente2 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      The role models for kids thingy is just a “oh my god think of the children” nonsense. And read the CBA and JDA.

      • the0real0laughing0man - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:16 AM

        Except that ignores the reality that many parents encourage their kids to look up to athletes.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:35 AM

        That’s bad parenting, and isn’t really the athletes’ faults.

  11. bobinboston - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    “All this is a formality,” the article quotes. The full quote is:

    “All this is a formality,” said the players association rep, “because we all know he’s guilty as sin, and there is not a single MLB player who supports A-Roid.”

  12. anxovies - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Is anyone else getting tired of pointing out to these morons who can’t understand why they don’t throw ARod out for life that there is an agreement between the player’s union and MLB that governs the penalties? These people, from where do they get their ideas, comic books and video games?

  13. donshula - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    man… I got off on the wrong blog again

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