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Report: Alex Rodriguez’s hearing set for September 30

Sep 6, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez appealed the 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. The resolution will begin in New York on September 30, reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. The 30th is the day after the regular season ends. If the Yankees — nine games out of first place in the AL East and 2.5 games behind the second Wild Card — happen to make the playoffs, the hearing could be postponed for a later date when Rodriguez would be available.

Rodriguez received the largest suspension, by far, of anyone involved in the Biogenesis scandal. He spent most of the season recovering from hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. He rehabbed from June 30 through August 3 before making his 2013 Major League debut on August 5 against the White Sox. Since returning, he has posted an .826 OPS with four home runs (giving him 651 in his career) in 113 plate appearances.

  1. raysfan1 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Interesting that they did not schedule for after the playoffs to begin with. If it isn’t delayed, that hearing almost assuredly gets treated as a bigger story than the playoff games.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Because apparently a lot of people have been making a stink about the fact that this has dragged out so long. From what I know, from the time an appeal is formally filed, it must be heard within 20 days, and then once it concludes, the arbitrator has 25 days to render a decision. Frankly, I’m OK with the fact that they waited. To me, if they had done the appeal during the season it would’ve taken the focus off of the Yankees’ season, and the last thing they need is more distractions.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I personally don’t care when the hearing is, per se, but if delaying it until after the regular season, then go ahead and delay it further until the playoff are over too. Otherwise, when that hearing happens, the sports news programs will all lead off with the Rodriguez arbitration hearing, followed by commentary about said hearing, followed by football, and then treat the MLB playoffs almost as an after thought. MLB letting this case trump the playoffs would be truly annoying.

  2. mornelithe - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Make that 10 games back 😉

    • theskinsman - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      Should be able to cue up Jim Mora’s famous” Playoffs?” post game news conference here.

  3. doublezero74 - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    This is BS. He was suspended by the league weeks ago. The appeals process shouldn’t take this long to sort out. Ever

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      The timetable of the process is established by the CBA, to which all parties – players and owners – have agreed. Go bellyache to them in your witless search for draconian justice.

    • mrpinkca - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:02 AM

      If he fails his appeal he still gets 211.

      I can’t see any reason he shouldn’t be able to appeal his 100% arbitrary and completely unjustifiable suspension.

  4. joestemme - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    F$#$ A-Roid!

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      What’s the matter? Can’t say it? Your right to type “fuck” was assured by the students of UC Berkeley nearly fifty years ago. Don’t waste it. Those kids weren’t gassed, beaten and clubbed way back then just so you could be a pussy tonight.

  5. thekiller678 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    ” If the Yankees — nine games out of first place in the AL East and 2.5 games behind the second Wild Card — happen to make the playoffs, the hearing could be postponed for a later date when Rodriguez would be available.”


  6. doublezero74 - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Draconian justice?? How about just accepting your punishment for being a habitual cheater and stop disrespecting the game? He’s the only biogenesis guy to appeal and he’s a huge duche. I can see how you and he would get along fabulously

    • clydeserra - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:07 AM

      why is his punishment more than the others and not in line with the agreed upon penalties?

    • righthandofjustice - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      When the Biogenesis news broke, at least 25 players were said to be implicated. Gio Gonzalez was said to be officially removed from the list. Three players were suspended last year. There were still 6 or 7 players left unaccounted for.

      Please get your facts straight. Not everybody accepted their punishment. Some players, including Miguel Tejeda didn’t.

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Sure, just accept a punishment that’s totally out of line with the CBA and that’s geared to make a special example and a scapegoat out of you – a scapegoat, by the way, isn’t necessarily innocent – and to help the Steinbrenners crawl out from under a contract they were stupid enough to agree to anyway. I dunno – are you the sort of pussy who would just bend over for that kind of treatment?

  7. righthandofjustice - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    This is another example MLB is bending the rule. A-Rod’s appeal should have nothing to do with his personal or his team’s schedule. If the hearing can be scheduled at September 30 according to the CBA appeal process and the arbitrator is available and ready at that date then A-Rod should appear in the hearing at September 30 even if it means he won’t be available to play in one or two games if the Yankees make it that far.

  8. doublezero74 - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Arod got a harsher penalty because he’s an admitted steroid user from his rangers days.

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