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TMZ: A-Rod says he’ll sue if MLB doesn’t drop his suspension. Good luck with that, Alex

Aug 14, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

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TMZ has a report that Alex Rodriguez is threatening to sue Major League Baseball if his suspension isn’t overturned:

Sources directly connected to A-Rod tell us he’s prepared to march into Federal court next month … unless the 211-game suspension the MLB slapped him with last week isn’t entirely lifted … According to our sources, Alex will sue for various things, including a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players’ union and the league.

Well, good luck with that, A-Rod, but you’re part of an arbitration process you agreed to when you signed your contract and to which you are further bound by the collective bargaining agreement between you and your union. If you attempt to circumvent that, a court is highly likely to tell you to take a hike and go have your arbitration. Courts favor arbitration agreements — highly favor them — when they are entered into freely and willingly between two sophisticated parties and they are loathe to intervene.

After your arbitration? Fine, appeal to a court. Then they are only about 99.9% likely to tell you to go away as opposed to the 99.999% likelihood of that happening now, but I suppose it’s not nothing.

This would be a totally different situation if Major League Baseball had first attempted to circumvent the Joint Drug Agreement by suspending A-Rod and not allowing him to play during his appeal. Everything the league is doing now, however, appears to be in compliance with the JDA and the CBA. They may have suspended him for too many games — that’s my view anyway — but that’s a dispute to be handled within the system, not by circumventing it with litigation.

  1. nbjays - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Do you think that when Bill Veeck spoke of bringing in more fans with “bread and circuses”, the A-Rod saga was the circus he was referring to?

  2. eagles3333 - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Hate to say it, but A-Rod will probably win. Because he never tested positive, his suspension may well be in violation of the negotiated agreement. Courts could side with him

  3. nightrain42 - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Just go away already!

  4. dman6015 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I, too, agree with you Craig that A-Rod’s suspension is excessive. Why should he have the longest suspension? What makes him different from everyone else? Looks like bias on the part of MLB. I also agree that he’s p***ing in the wind if he thinks a court is going to intervene in an arbitration case. Must have fools for lawyers.

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