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A-Rod walks out on his own arbitration, calls it a “farce”

Nov 20, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

As the old saying goes: when the facts are on your side argue the facts. When the law is on your side argue the law. When neither are on your side pound your fist on the table and scream.

Or, in the case of Alex Rodriguez, just walk out. Which is what he did today after the arbitrator refused to force Bud Selig to testify. A-Rod issued a statement: “I am disgusted with this abusive process. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”

As we noted last week, the idea of having Bud Selig testify was a crock to begin with. And thus walking out when he was not forced to testify is a crock too.  This is A-Rod treating his arbitration as theater. Refusing to argue the legitimate case he has in front of him — that MLB’s suspension of 211 games was too severe based on precedent — and instead trying to put all of Major League Baseball on trial. That was never going to happen in this arbitration. He should have known that or should have been told that by his lawyers.

Or perhaps he was. And perhaps he didn’t care and all of this is just prologue to the fight he’d rather have in a federal courtroom as opposed to a baseball arbitration.  There is no guarantee he’s going to even get that opportunity, however, so taking this stance is not bold, it’s reckless.

And if he had any shot of getting the benefit of the doubt from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz before, he can kiss that shot goodbye now.

  1. chip56 - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    If you read Alex’s statement it’s pretty clear that he’s trying to set up a conspiracy argument that has not only the league and the Yankees out to get him but the union too:

    “This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.

    “The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”

    • ilovegspot - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      They should ban him for this pic.
      http://www.delawareonline.com/blogs/uploaded_images/a-rod-kisses-himself-details-magazine-04-791912.jpg

  2. happytwinsfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Damn! maybe the yankees are going to get out paying the entire season and a half salary

    • 18thstreet - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      The longer this goes on, the harder it is for the Yankees to prepare for either scenario.

      • happytwinsfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        true. thank god for small favors.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        It’s hard to understand — even as a long-time Yankee hater — how the process can go on this long. His appeal should have been heard within a week of whenever it began.

  3. eatitfanboy - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    The funny thing is that despite the fact that he is obviously guilty as hell and is making a complete mess of his defense, I would still be willing to bet my house that the suspension will be reduced. MLB over reached in attempt to establish a precedent that they can do whatever they want to players regardless of any existing agreements with the MLBPA, and the arbitrator isn’t going to allow it. This is a first offense, no matter how many separate incidents MLB is trying to parse it into. The previous positive test doesn’t count towards the program, just as David Ortiz’s didn’t and Manny Ramirez’s didn’t and all of the other people on the Mitchell Report.

    • lanflfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Unfortunately you are probably right, A-Roid will probably fall ass-backwards (brain first?) into a lesser suspension.

    • junglerat524 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Then follow the lead of the NFL. One year suspension. Fair enough

      • kruegere - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        So, follow the MLB rules for EVERYONE except ARod? For ARod, use the NFL rules?

        That just doesn’t make any sense at all.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Hey Craig-

    Maybe he’s getting bad advice from his legal counsel? Nah, lawyers are never at fault or try to turn trials into circus sideshows.

    • 3yardsandacloud - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I am willing to bet the number of times a trial turns into a sideshow has as much to do with the client as it does the lawyer. A-Roid has nothing to gain by not participating in the arbitration so I doubt it was at the recommendation of his counsel.

      I get it though, lots of lawyers do dumb things, but I promise, we are not all bad

  5. annapterp - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Not an A-rod fan at all, but he’s getting screwed and everyone knows it. 211 games is ridiculous. I don’t blame him for trying to make MLB and Selig look bad. It actually isn’t very hard to do, particularly with the idiot Selig.

    • junglerat524 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      see Pete Rose about getting screwed

      • 18thstreet - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Pete Rose was guilty. And the punishment is pretty well spelled out for gambling on baseball. I don’t see how he’s getting screwed.

        He admitted he bet on baseball. There’s no ambiguity.
        The punishment for betting on baseball is a permanent suspension. There’s no ambiguity.

        How is he getting screwed?

      • clemente2 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        Please don’t…the situations are very different.

    • raym64 - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      I know if it was me I would want Selig there also. Not even commenting on A-Rod’s guilt or innocence. Selig IS the other party in the arbitration. Unless I’m completely wrong, wasn’t it Selig’s decision to make his suspension 4 or 5 times more severe than anyone else?

      I bet most anyone that got suspended from a job would want the person that suspended them in a hearing.

    • basedrum777 - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      If he really recruited people to this lab knowing that what he was taking was specifically designed to avoid the testing then yes he deserves every day of that 211 games and more. They should have started with banned for life for the whole lifestyle he’s had of not following the rules of drug use in baseball. Then they could have settled for retirement. He’s a detriment to the whole game let alone his current team.

  6. happster - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Uh, no…it’s, “when the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither is on your side, pound the table.” Goober. But I agree. Once again he thinks he’s so much smarter than everyone else that no one will notice that he’s using hystrionics to avoid an uncomfortable, losing situation.

    • 3yardsandacloud - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      You stole my comment, but I was going to be nicer and thank Craig for the attempt

  7. 1twinsfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Injustice? You’re a known cheater! And it’s baseball. Injustice is going to prison for 9 years after a buddy testifies he dreamt that the two of you killed a guy. No DNA to back it up, just night-night visions.

  8. junglerat524 - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    What a pu$$y. Take your toys & go home A-Fraud. Forever. Nobody wants to hear about you any more.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Leave the vagina out of it now.

  9. bbk1000 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    A-Rod…..yup, that’s what he is…..

  10. psly2124 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Is it not a right to face your accuser in a court process. His accuser is bud selig. I would have walked out too. I cannot stand a-rod. Probobly my least favorite athlete of all time. But I support him on this. He has a right to defend himself and his case is based upon bud seligs testimony. The lies and illegal acts that selig may have done. Without selig how can a-rod prove his innocence. Selig is the key to the defense and with the arbitrator refusing to allow selig to testify it turns into a kangaroo court that wields nothing and is a giant sham.

    • 3yardsandacloud - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      False. 1) this isn’t a criminal court. 2) The actual accuser is Mr. Biogenesis, not Mr. Selig. 3) A-Roid wants Selig to testify to explain how he decided what he decided.

      A-Roid isn’t attacking the allegations, he’s attacking how Selig got to his decision. I think the Arbitrator made the correct decision. Stupid move by Rodriguez. Rarely is contempt met with favor.

  11. markofapro - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    $100 bucks says he can’t define farce.

  12. dallasstars9 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Whaaa! I made millions of dollars and f-ed tons of pu$$y, but now no one like me… WHAAAA!

  13. materialman80 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Stray Rod need to walk right out of baseball, for good and take all the other cheaters with you.

  14. sportsdrenched - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    My only question is; Did A-Rod hum the Star Spangled Banner as he stormed out?

  15. scottinbwk - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    To Alex Roidriguez,

    If the facts are on your side, pound the facts into the table.
    If the law is on your side, pound the law into the table.
    If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table.

    It is time to stop and own up to your mistakes!!!!

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