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MLBPA disagrees with A-Rod decision, but won’t stand behind him in legal fight

Jan 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

Now that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has banned Alex Rodriguez for 162 games (and the 2014 postseason) for his ties to Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs, the Major League Baseball Players Association has issued the following statement:

“The MLBPA strongly disagrees with the award issued today in the grievance of Alex Rodriguez, even despite the arbitration panel’s decision to reduce the duration of Mr. Rodriguez’s unprecedented 211-game suspension. We recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached, however, and we respect the collectively bargained arbitration process which led to the decision. In accordance with the confidentiality provisions of the JDA, the Association will make no further comment regarding the decision.”

There’s some interesting wording in there. Rodriguez plans to continue his fight against MLB by seeking a federal injunction, but the MLBPA is essentially saying that he’s on his own with that one. From their perspective, the process has played out and a final decision has been made.

  1. joestemme - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    MLBPA to A-Roid: Go Fuc# yourself

    • emilymgarcia - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:52 AM

      my roomate’s aunt makes $72 hourly on the internet. She has been without work for eight months but last month her pay was $16589 just working on the internet for a few hours. learn the facts here now…

  2. raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    The MLBPA of course has it’s own agenda. They need to not burn bridges with the arbitrator for the next time a case comes up. They also need to be seen as having followed their duty in going to bat for the player. They did the latter to the letter of the CBA/JDA. Now they are avoiding offending the arbitrator.

    • ditto65 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Yhey can fire the arbitrator, much like MLB did after the Braun ruling.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I believer that they have the right to fire the arbitrator. It will be interesting to see if they do.

    • ditto65 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      And I am pretty sure that, even though A-Rod is despised by all, the arbitrator offended MLBPA by setting a horrible precedent.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      I think they won’t fire the arbitrator. I think they want to be seen to be on the high road, to build good will chips for the next case and to be able to contrast with MLB leadership. I also think that Rodriguez is unpopular enough that the other players will feel that the MLBPA has done enough to help him already.

  3. hieronymous27 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    A-Rod is still able to attend Spring Training with the Yankees. All he has to do is buy a ticket and sit in the stands with all the other paying customers.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      you have jokes, good for you, have a good time.

      Alex should just take the suspension, and make a strong comeback in 2015.

  4. larrybrown43 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Put PEDs in Gatorade already so we can be done with this nonsense. And why we’re at it, let’s give lifetime bans for players that abuse women and convictions for DUIs. Those are real pressing societal issues.

  5. cackalackyank - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    MLBPA has to save face, and they are doing just that. They might be able to fire the arbitrator, but it may not be in their best interest, in terms of the perception it might create. Doing the same thing that MLB did to the arbiter of the Braun issue would start a precedent which would undermine, if not end the arbitration process, and lead to endless litigation. I really do not think either side wants the courts and then by proxy the government getting in to every player vs. management dispute.

    • chinahand11 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      MLBPA: congrats for displaying the professional face for which you wish to be known. You accomplished this feat by showing concern for A-Rod but at the same time distancing yourself from him. I imagine a big “whew” is in order, followed by back slapping all around.

      Mr. Rodriguez give it up, just sit out your year and come back swinging.

  6. newpairofsox - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I absolutely cannot wait for the day ARod becomes HOF eligible.

  7. yournuts - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    It is very interesting that Arod has NEVER failed a drug test.

    • louhudson23 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      I bet Lance Armstrong can ad will explain it to you,if you ask nicely….

      • louhudson23 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM


  8. anxovies - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Less than a rousing endorsement from a union that has provided little public support for their member. The union allowed MLB to vilify ARod and use unethical and possibly illegal means to obtain evidence against him with little public protest. Management has labor on the run and that’s never a good thing even if the evidence clearly showed that ARod was guilty. The players may regret this later on.

  9. mazblast - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    The MLBPA has been waiting a long time for this. I interpret their press release as saying this–

    “This is your payback from us for trying to break the rules against reducing a long-term contract when you were going to be traded to Boston. We know that MLB had you cold. We did the bare minimum required for you, as per the CBA, and did it in good faith if not full enthusiasm. Now the arbitrator has made his ruling, and we’re not required to assist you in any way anymore, so we won’t. Enjoy wasting your money on any lawyers willing to whore themselves out to you, and good luck storming the castle. And by the way, while you have so much time on your hands, why don’t you go to your local Chinese restaurant and enjoy a hot, steaming dish of Yuck Foo?”

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