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A-Rod’s lawyers say they’re going to give everything they have to the press on Friday

Nov 21, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Men like A-Rod’s lawyers, who told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that they’re going to break confidentiality of the arbitration tomorrow and give all of the juicy stuff they say they have to the press:

“We’re going to open up everything,” said Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez. “We’re going to show everything we have to the press so they can show it to the American public.”

Matthews speculates that the dump would include transcripts of witness testimony, sworn affidavits and information supplied to the Rodriguez team by an MLB-employee “whistle-blower.”

They can do that. And it can potentially embarrass Major League Baseball. But I don’t see how it changes their clients’ legal position. The arbitrator is still going to rule. The barriers that must be leapt to get out from under that penalty and into federal court remain exceedingly high.

At one time I assumed the scorched earth tactics were to force MLB to the settlement table. The league seems to have no desire to do that. So now, unless someone can tell me what this does for A-Rod tactically, this seems like spite and P.R. strategy.

  1. mottershead1972 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM


  2. jlinatl - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Watching a man destroy what’s left of his legacy…

  3. billybawl - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Craig, all good points. Only thing I can figure is that at this point the “legacy” A-Rod hopes to protect is the money remaining on his contract and that he is hoping to embarrass MLB — or at least make a nuisance of himself — to the point that somebody is willing to pay an exorbitant amount to make him go away. If it’s done in the guise of a settlement — e.g., of a borderline frivolous federal lawsuit — it gives a bit of cover to the payers. I don’t think MLB would be worried about the outcome of a federal lawsuit, or even particularly worried about the revelations given the public opprobrium toward A-Rod. But at some point they will care that this story continues to distract from happy feel good stories like, e.g., Yasiel Puig, MLB Fan Cave, or whatever they are trying to sell. It’s column inches or air time that would be focused elsewhere. Maybe the Yankees get some financial assistance from MLB to get this done. I think that has to be A-Rod’s strategy at this point.

  4. peeeye2005 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    This was a very good article. However, I think A-Frauds motivation is his ego, and the ego’s of his attorney’s Both he and his attorneys know A_fraud is going to get a suspension, of some sort and are doing this for public support to try and intimadate Horowitz, But because of all their ego’s each time they open their mouths they get in deeper. Horowitz is not a stupid man. If they release all this information on Friday as promised won’t they be breaking the confidentiality of the Process? digging them a little deeper? Baseball are not fools, these are smart people also, everyone knows A-Fraud is a big mouth with a temper, who flys off the handle. MLB just lets him rant. If Horwitz agrees to 211 games, that means he won’t be able to come back till 2015. Selig will be retired and guess who the next commisioner is going to be? The same man he cursed at in the arbrtration. And A-Fraud would in the meantime would not be able to contain his ego, for 1 1/2 seasons without saying or doing something Determintal about baseball and give Manfred the new commisioner the excuse to ban him for life..The Yankees can void his contract, based on him breaking union rules, and the union would have to back them up. What A Jerk..LOL…

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