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Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball

Oct 4, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball. Here’s a link to the complaint. It’s a barnburner. And hey, a HardballTalk post is quoted in paragraph 37!

In the complaint Bud Selig and Major League Baseball are accused of acting underhandedly, pursuing A-Rod in a “witch hunt,” violating the Joint Drug Agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement and seeking to trash A-Rod out of spite, vengeance and in an effort to secure Bud Selig’s legacy.

The actual legal cause of action: tortious interference with A-Rod’s contract with the Yankees and tortious interference with Rodriguez’s endorsement opportunities, endorsements and other business deals. The complaint is about 98% background and factual allegations, however, and no explosive word is spared.  This is A-Rod dumping gasoline all over Major League Baseball and lighting a match.

The question: has A-Rod thought about how he leaves the room without getting burned himself? And does he care?

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  1. sailbum7 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I think both A-Rod and Selig are bad for baseball at this point. They should have simply used the conduct detrimental to the game clause to ban A-Rod permanently instead of trying to make it about the drug agreement. This would have made it much harder for A-Rod to challenge since the conduct detrimental clause is far more subjective and harder to challenge. There is no doubt that A-Rod’s involvemet with the drug lab could be called conduct detrimental and that would have been the end of it. A-Rod deserves a lifetime ban for his conduct and Selig needs to advance his retirement date to yesterday. Then we could be rid of both of them and get back to focusing on the actual game and the playoffs.

    • peymax1693 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Wouldn’t Selig have to use the “conduct detrimental to baseball” clause on himself, considering that he and the rest of MLB looked the other way when PED use exploded in the late 90′s?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      They should have simply used the conduct detrimental to the game clause to ban A-Rod permanently instead of trying to make it about the drug agreement. This would have made it much harder for A-Rod to challenge since the conduct detrimental clause is far more subjective and harder to challenge. There is no doubt that A-Rod’s involvemet with the drug lab could be called conduct detrimental and that would have been the end of it.

      According to players with ties to the union, every year Selig makes a promise not to invoke this clause. And there’s nothing stopping Arod from challenging a suspension under that framework, it just gets appealed directly to Selig instead of an arbiter. However, it also would have made it much more likely Arod would have gone to federal court a la Bountygate.

    • basedrum777 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      My understanding is that once they use that clause to suspend someone then it can be challenged in court and if its not a slamdunk (not sure how this isn’t tbh) then it could be taken away as a tool of the commissioner. At least this is what I’ve read.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      “There is no doubt that A-Rod’s involvemet with the drug lab could be called conduct detrimental and that would have been the end of it.”

      That sounds really neat, however,
      A – you shouldn’t drink that much that early in the day.
      B – it would have been very very far from the end of it.

  2. randomguy9999 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    doods lost his mind…. he did it… end of story…

    only in American pro athletics do they have the balls to get caught outright in felonies or simply ignoring the rules of the game…. putting up a terrible example for our kids… and then they’ve got the gall to say: “I should be let off because you shouldn’t have investigated me for what I got caught doing”

    azzhat

    • galwayspaniard - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      I agree -all the way.
      Rodriguez cheated. Playing the victim game is big in America. This baseball player cheated his fellow players and the fans. Desn’t Rodriguez understand what he did?
      Sprinters have won Olympic gold when on steroids; when off steroids, their times wouldn’t even get them in the running- they would be eliminated in the earliest heats if they even made it to the counntry’s Olympic team. Does anyone know how much of Rodriguez’s career stats are due to steroids?
      Playing the victim shows narcissistic tendencies. Commit a crime and then turn it around and make baseball the bad person.

  3. esracerx46 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I gotta say, as much as I dislike A-Rod. And as guilty as I think he is. Based on what Craig has said ( aint got time to read the whole lawsuit) I dont think he’s wrong. Was and has been pretty obvious Selig was goin hard after him to secure his legacy. As far as A-Rod getting out unburned. He doesnt care at this point in his career what happens. He knows his reputation is tarnished. He just wants Selig goin down with him. A-rod is going on as much of a witch hunt as Selig. LET THEM BOTH BURN!!!

  4. ballparkprints - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I do not like either party, but A-Rod has a right to defend himself. MLB’s hands are dirty also they started this by leaking some names from a list that was never to be made public. What has A-Rod got to lose, nothing? MLB has a lot to lose!

  5. danolson68 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    i had to go to ESPN to understand the actual facts of this lawsuit filed by Rodriquez. Why is it these HBT authors feel the need to inject their snarmy two-cents without providing the reader with a full and broad understanding of the actual event in question?

  6. joshuapico - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Is it really that difficult to make someone disappear nowadays?

    Thought there was a mob in NY? Don’t the Yankees have enough money and a connection of some sort?

    Just saying… Who else is ready to be done talking about A-Fraud?

  7. davcamp2 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    This is pretty spot on – http://ynit.me/17BsCEf

    Essentially if your own team, your own fans, don’t want you playing, you should be looking in the mirror for who blew your rep. For once be honest about it and take your lumps. At this point you have nothing to lose. You’ll be suspended. There’s no Hall of Fame waiting for you. No sponsors will touch you. Just go back to Florida and live off the interest. Jeez.

    • anxovies - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Who says that ARod’s own team and fans didn’t want him playing? They put him at 3B the first day he was eligible and he was in the DH slot when he could barely run. I didn’t see any fans boo him or any players turning their backs on him when he hit his 7 homers the last month and a half of the season.

  8. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    “And hey, a HardballTalk post is quoted in paragraph 37!”

    Can’t wait for the day to come when Craig is called to the stand in this matter…..think Kafee and Jessup

    • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      I hope he shows up to testify in Zubaz.

  9. lgwelsh1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    A-Rod has never failed a drug test, he admitted that he used PED’s in the past under his own admission.

    He was never “Caught” big difference.

  10. anxovies - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I read the complaint. Wow! Whatever happened to notice pleadings — the requirement that a complaint should be a “short and plain statement of the claim” as required by the rules in most jurisdictions? One thing that is clear from the document is that Bill Madden is going to be hit with a notice of deposition very soon to compel him to reveal the MLB sources he has been bragging about. I assume that he will claim a privilege as a journalist and refuse to reveal his sources, which the trial court will have to rule on. The court’s decision may tell us whether sports reporting is true journalism entitled to protection of its sources or mere gossip.

  11. anxovies - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez. Emmanuel means “God is with us.” It’s all his parents’ fault.

  12. joestemme - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    F#$K A-Roid.

  13. banggbiskit - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Its pretty obvious the great players get singled out, so, its only cheating if you’re great? Not sure it works that way. The only reason people have a hard on for Lance, Roger, Barry and Alex is because the win and make a lot of money.

  14. henryd3rd - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Surprise, surprise, surprise! Why is anyone surprised by A-Rod’s actions? He’s always been about me and only me. Plus what has he got to loose? It’s only $31,000,000.00. Chump change? Bud Selig and the NY Yankees would like nothing better then for A-Rod to just go away. And go away quickly. Having said that I feel nothing but contempt for the Yankees because they are the only one’s responsible for that ugly contract. They were bidding against themselves. Kudos to Super Agent Borass!

    Can you imagine how this is going to look should this go to trial? A lot of dirt is going to come out and Bud Selig and MLB have some of dirt under their fingernail. I would love to be in the room during depositions. Mr. Bosch would you place your hand on the Bible and swear that the testimony you’re about the give is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Yeah Right!

    I’m laying 6-1 that these parties will settle long before this goes to trial. No one wins in the ugly episode. They’ll settle. A-Rod will get his money; but I doubt if we’ll ever see him on the field again

  15. omniusprime - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    A-Prick is acting like a guilty man trying to scare Selig and MLB into not prosecuting him like he should be. The only witch hunt here is A-Prck’s sick lawsuit. Obviously A-Prick is a tea party terrorist trying to destroy MLB like the tea party terrorists are doing to destroy our great country. A cheater will always try to cheat and this proves A-Prick is a degenerate cheater who doesn’t want to play by the rules and thinks he’s bigger than baseball.

    A-Prick is Guilty!!!

  16. db1001 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Hey he’s gotta make a living right, how else is gonna feed his family….right.

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