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A-Rod’s arbitration case against MLB has concluded

Nov 21, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez made headlines yesterday when he stormed out of his arbitration hearing and vented with Mike Francesa on WFAN Radio, but his case against MLB ended with little fanfare this afternoon.

Rodriguez stayed true to his word and was not in attendance at MLB headquarters today, but his lawyers were still present. While there was some thought that the hearing would end tomorrow, the New York Daily News reports that it has concluded a day early. The next step calls for independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to make a ruling on whether A-Rod’s 211-game suspension will be upheld. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, he has up to 25 days to decide.

Of course, A-Rod’s team is already looking past Horowitz’s ruling and toward a possible date with MLB in federal court. In other words, this fight is far from over.

UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports now hears that Horowitz is not required to make a decision within 25 days, so a ruling might not come until after the holidays.

  1. rbj1 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    And amazingly, without Alex testifying. Which is the smart move.

    • mick2014 - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      I’m very happy this guy is not breaking the all time home run record of Henry Aaron. He will be 39 yrs & 10 months when he returns so he will not get the required homeruns. Hilarious how he says Selig ruined his legacy..A-rod’s legacy is of a lying cheat & that is in tact forever!

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        You do know Bonds is the all-time record holder?

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Bud is a coward, that is his legacy.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Alex should send Bud a brown bag full of his poop.

    • michaelmcqueen2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      The amazing thing is that Bud Selig did not testify. He showed himself to be a coward . A-Rod was present ready to face his proverbial chief accuser . Bud Selig wimped out, but the major sports networks are afraid to say it because of thier relationship with MLB. What a shame. This will get A-Rod the victory . Everyone knows it ,

    • michaelmcqueen2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      The amazing thing is that Bud Selig did not testify. He showed himself to be a coward . A-Rod was present ready to face his proverbial chief accuser . Bud Selig wimped out, but the major sports networks are afraid to say it because of thier relationship with MLB. What a shame. This will get A-Rod the victory . Everyone knows it .

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Thank God. At least as far as the arbitration hearing is concerned there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A decision no later then December 16th is good news for the Yankees whichever way it goes they can finally move on.

  3. pastabelly - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Not testifying saved him from lying to the panel, which could have made it worse for him.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Bud is a lying dog.

  4. sdemp - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Who cares about whether A-Rod is lying or even what and how much PED’s he has used.

    MLB has gone about this completely wrong. They are doing far more damage to the game than the PED users are. If you think for a second that there are not players still (as they always have) using something against the drug policy; you my friend shall be labeled a fool.

  5. indianhead1992 - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    A-Rod’s legacy was ruined when Cameron Diaz was feeding him popcorn at the Super Bowl…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      His legacy was cemented for me in Toronto when as a baserunner he yelled “mine” behind an infielder who was preparing to catch a pop-up. The guy, assuming he was playing with Major Leaguers, let the ball drop for a hit. A-Rod’s manager, a Mr Torre, said later of the bush league episode: He won’t be doing that again.

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        that is a ridiculous reason to judge his legacy, you are one crazy Canadian.

  6. ctony1216 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Federal court next? Some Federal judge has to decide whether he wants A-Rod, Joe Tacopina and the rest of this circus in his court? Good luck with that.

    As much as MLB mishandled this investigation, A-Rod’s team didn’t do their client any favors by acting like 2-year-olds. Looking forward to seeing this thing end soon.

  7. pastabelly - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    The real judge and jury has already decided his fate and his legacy.

  8. delsj - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Please use this photo in every post about this narcissistic douche.

  9. mottershead1972 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM


  10. fenway9999 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I know my little opinion won’t be the popular one, but……
    I don’t understand all the animosity towards MLB/Selig in this case. Could MLB have handled it better? Of course. Could Selig have provided more details as to why he came to the conclusion that he did? Of course. Should he have testified at the arbitration hearing? NO. Why does AROD deserve special treatment? The commissioner has never and probably will never testify at a hearing such as this for anyone so again, why should he for AROD? How about the simple truth of the matter that AROD just doesn’t want to take responsibility for his own actions. Everyone can pile on Selig and MLB all they want about “turning a blind eye” in the past to PED use, but it wasn’t MLB who told the players to do it. It is now in the CBA that these things are illegal and the players agreed to it so don’t they now have to live with the consequences of it? Is 211 games excessive? Probably. If AROD had simply negotiated with MLB this would have all been over, but instead he acts like a petulant child and wants ZERO punishment for things he did wrong so MLB has to stick with what they originally came out with. I seea lot of people saying Bud should have testified, but why didn’t AROD testify? It’s his hearing and yet he didn’t testify in it, why is that? My belief is if he testified in it he would have lied and he knows there is evidence (doesn’t matter where it came from) that will be able to prove he perjured himself. He walks out of the hearing instead of defending himself??? He is playing games. He has no shot in federal court so now he will have to live with whatever Horowitz decides without actually defending himself on the stage agreed to by MLB and MLBPA. Man up AROD and just admit what you did and move on, it’s really the only way to actually move forward (see Andy Pettitte as an example) .

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      because A-Rod is the ” GET ” in Buds laughable attempt to crack down on Steroids and have somebody head hang on his mantle. like A-Rod called it, Bud is a coward and will be remembered as a dumb old clown, that is his legacy!

      • fenway9999 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Who cares about Bud’s legacy? Isn’t this about what AROD has done? I haven’t seen all the evidence, but IF he really did take the PED’s, and recruited other players, and tried cover up the whole thing…doesn’t he deserve punishment? Why didn’t AROD take the stand to defend himself and PROVE he didn’t do these things? So Bud sent Manfred instead, who cares? AROD can’t win and it doesn’t matter what Bud did or didn’t do.

      • dexterismyhero - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Are you kissing the mirror right now?

  11. dexterismyhero - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    That was not meant for you Fenway.

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