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A-Rod is going to try to put bud Selig and Randy Levine on the stand, but don’t count on it happening

Nov 15, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Bud Selig

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that, when the arbitration resumes next week, Alex Rodiguez’s lawyers are going to try to put Bud Selig and Yankees president Randy Levine on the stand. MLB would probably fight that, though:

MLB would try to block most of the bold-name witnesses from having to testify, particularly Selig. It would contend MLB COO Rob Manfred, who is MLB’s representative on the three-person panel overseeing the hearing, spoke on behalf of the league and its investigation and subjected himself to cross-examination by Rodriguez’s attorney, Joseph Tacopina.

Like any other case, the decision should come down to whether or not Selig and Levine have relevant evidence. In a legal context, though, relevant doesn’t mean “interesting” or “headline grabbing.” It means evidence having any tendency to make the existence of any fact that is of consequence to the determination of the action more probable or less probable than it would be without the evidence.

I seriously question whether Selig has any relevant evidence to provide. He’s the boss, sure, but that doesn’t mean he has actual specific information that cannot be better obtained from other witnesses, such as Rob Manfred or MLB investigators. Bud puts things in motion. Other people do the work and they report it back to him. Anything he has that relates specifically to the drugs Alex Rodriguez took or didn’t take and the Biogenesis investigation in general was told to him.

Of course A-Rod is trying to put MLB on trial here. He’s trying to argue that the whole investigation was cooked up as a means of Selig doing P.R. damage control or saving his legacy or what have you and that, as a result, he should get to grill Selig about it all. Same with Levine and the Yankees trying to end his career and save millions. We’ve heard A-Rod’s attorneys argue this in public before.

And there may be elements of truth to that. I personally think that, even though Biogenesis and A-Rod’s drug use wasn’t “cooked up” by Selig, he’s certainly trying to take advantage of it as a means of putting an end to the PED saga. And I am certain that the Yankees would love to be out from under A-Rod’s contract.  But I seriously doubt that the arbitrator is going to let A-Rod try that case. That’s one for the historians and, if we really stretch things, a federal court to later weigh in on in the event such motives caused MLB and the Yankees to violate A-Rod’s rights. It’s not what this arbitration is about. Or at least what it should be about.

Upshot: don’t bank on Selig getting cross-examined.

  1. chill1184 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Not since the government vs Michael Vick I’ve wished for two sides of a fight to lose and lose badly.

    • Glenn - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      I’m a teacher and once and a while a student tries this tactic – like a teen-ager can get a teacher fired because they think a kid who screwed up can spray like a skunk and get people in trouble because they don’t smell good. Deflect and blame – great strategy A-Rod – if you were a school kid. I am amused when they try to make a level playing field out of their misdoings.

  2. bsbiz - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Craig:

    Would ARod have a better chance to get Selig on the stand in that hypothetical federal case? Or will Selig not make his way to the stand at all?

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Just end this fiasco. The only good thing about this entire situation is that Selig plans on retiring after the 2014 season and A-Rod’s contract will probably be bought out after the 2014 season.

    Then both of them can go sit out on the beach sipping drinks and talking about what an embarrassment they both were to the sport that made them zillion heirs. And yes that’s my opinion.

  4. anotheryx - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Go ARod. Yankees paid for 10 years of ARod, and they should get 10 years of ARod!

  5. 2dmo4 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I’m so sick of this purple lipped bastard.

  6. pappageorgio - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I will admit ignorance of some specific rules of MLB, so I ask a serious question here:

    Can ARod still be sent down to the minors? Do options still apply to him and if so does he have any? Or through a waiver system (because I really can’t see any club dumb enough to pick up that contract).

    Because with all of this talk with the Yanks trying to get out of his contract…….why not send him down and make him ride the bus from po-dunk town to po-dunk town and live life in the broke-down locker rooms that the lower leagues live with? They’d still be paying him his fat contract to play baseball.

    He’d be the highest paid minor leaguer in history, but he wouldn’t make it 2 months without quitting. Take away the comfort of a plush Yankee locker room, private planes, and New York night clubs with free bottles of Crystal and lingerie models that fall over with their legs in the air……and the guy would be crying (not metaphorically….actually crying) in interviews to ESPN about how life just isn’t fair within 2 weeks.

    It would be an epic meltdown……and probably the most entertaining things to watch in the history of oraganized sports. Or at least since T Owens did push-ups in his driveway.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      No, it’s easier to think of options in reverse. After so many years in the pro’s, you are out of options and can’t be sent down to the minors without the player’s permission. It’s something like five or six years in the pros eliminates all the options, so Arod is well beyond that.

    • ezthinking - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      In the time it took for you to write this post, you could have answered your own question.

      The answer is no.

      Homework – Now go find out why.

      • anxovies - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        Why should he have to do his homework when he has all of the know-it-alls here to rely upon?

  7. righthandofjustice - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    One interesting allegation from an article in November 4′s New York Times was:

    Most of these alleged thug-like misconducts were carried out by a secret investigation team hired by Selig and Mullin (and maybe Manfred?) without the knowledge of the other MLB officials.

    If this is true, maybe MLB can’t protect Selig, et al under their its wings.

    • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      righthand is an aroid minion. Obviously doesn’t work after the hours spent here commenting long and hard on anything aroid. Paid just like the freaks protesting in front of the court house.

  8. joestemme - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    A-Roid can go Fu#k himself and stand attempt.

    • ezthinking - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      ????

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Maybe Bud Selig could come down with a nasty case of the flu or something…

  10. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Not to be “That guy” but generally it’s proper to capitalize a person’s first name. Especially when it’s in the title. Most of the time I ignore typos, but this one’s a little glaring. Where did the site’s editors go? It’s been a rough few weeks.

    • chiadam - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      And there is no need to capitalize “that guy”. Way to face-plant on your way off the grammar high horse.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        What high horse? I simply pointed out a pretty glaring mistake. Something that has become a regular occurrence around here. Plus I gave you an opportunity to show your douchiness! Way to show me there buddy!

      • chiadam - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        And I pointed out the exact same thing. You’re into when to capitalize things, and you pointed it out. In the process, you showed your ass. And I pointed it out. Oh, also…
        *Plus, I
        **there, buddy.

  11. righthandofjustice - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Where is Randy Levine?

    Since A-Rod put up with a lawsuit against his team doctor after Levine said “put up or shut up”, not only did Randy shut up but totally disappeared!

    Randy? Where are you? Where have you been?

    • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Why should he. He is smart. He will have his day too.

  12. anxovies - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    God, I love this! And I was getting a little depressed because baseball was over and Winter looked so bleak.

  13. stevem7 - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I think with the latest report that MLB hindered the Florida Department Of Health investigation into Biogenesis by buying what they probably knew were stolen documents and being told by the DOH not to buy them, that AROD will have BUD SELIG sitting on the stand whether his rear end is in the chair or not next week. You can bet that Mr. Horowitz is going to get an entire earful of this breaking news.

    • ilovegspot - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      and then again maybe not. another ploy from aroid lawyers, sucker..

  14. Old Gator - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    That’s too bad, Bud. We wanted to hear you scream.

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