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A-Rod’s attempt to have the arbitrator’s ruling sealed is rejected by the federal court

Jan 13, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez plans to file a lawsuit in federal court today seeking to overturn the arbitration decision against him. His attorneys went to court this morning in order to get an order to have the arbitrator’s decision — which must be attached to the lawsuit which seeks to overturn it — sealed or at least redacted.  The New York Daily News reports that the effort has failed:

“Given the intense public interest in commissioner’s Selig’s disclosures last night it’s difficult to imagine any portion should be under seal,” Pauley said, citing First Amendment considerations and ruling that A-Rod would have to file an unredacted version of a complaint to overturn the arbitration award.

A-Rod likely wants the decision sealed because it contains embarrassing information about him and/or evidence that will be picked up and ran with by the newspapers and bloggers and talk radio hosts and everyone. The union — one would think — would want it sealed as a matter of principle, relating to its desire to want to maintain overall confidentiality of the drug enforcement program.

But nope: if and when A-Rod sues, we’ll see the arbitrator’s report. This is good from a transparency standpoint — a lot of us want to see how the arbitrator justified a 162-game suspension — but it’s awful if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t want to hear about Alex Rodriguez anymore.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Boy, A-Rod and his attorney’s are batting o fer everything here.

    • eshine76 - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      His lawyers may be striking out, but they are still getting paid, unlike their client

      • 4d3fect - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        “Let the billable hours begin!”

  2. stex52 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I’ll take choice B, thanks, Craig. But it appears I will hear a lot more about him anyway. At least if I want to follow baseball.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Embarrassing info? We have been told repeatedly he did not thing wrong….must be Erectile Dysfunction, or sumptin’ like that

    • stex52 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Do we really suppose that A-Rod is capable of embarrassment? If he were I think he would have died a thousand times already.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Well, he is “fighting for his life” 😉

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Rodriguez’s behavior is explicable. He appears utterly alone, advised by sycophants and those who want his money. He is driven as an athlete and knows only that as a source of happiness. MLB has taken away from him the one thing which he could do that made him feel genuinely worthwhile.

      At what point does one begin to fear for his mental health?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        You know, for all the potshots I take at him – it was somewhat scary watching that clip of him on WFAN. Something about his look….yea, concern for his mental health.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        This is precisely why I’m avoiding piling on him. He looks utterly lost to me.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Well, you are a better man then me.

        Okay, I’ll try to go easier on him

      • cackalackyank - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        I think that boat sailed, or that choo choo went off the track…you see where I’m going with this…

      • bh192012 - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        You guys ever read Jose Canseco’s …. well anything. I doubt PED’s are helping either of these guys brains.

  4. anxovies - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Thanks Craig, I was curious about which party wanted the decision sealed. It was effectively unsealed by the 60 Minutes show last night, so I don’t see why ARod is objecting to making it public now.

  5. xdj511 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Well don’t be so quick to judge! Maybe there is information contained in those documents that doesn’t prove that A-Rod used steroids. Maybe they want it sealed for another reason. Maybe at the arbitration hearings they discussed far more sensitive matters, like the Kennedy assassination, or the existance of extra-terrestrial life. Maybe there are secrets in there that mankind is just not ready to deal with.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    “Hi Judge, my name is Alex and I want you to overturn this decision. What? No, you can’t read it. It’s embarassing. Just overturn it. Kthxbye.”

  7. pete2112 - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    This whole thing should be made into a movie and released just in time for Spring training. It would make millions. Serioursly though, how can A-Rod really think he’s innocent of anything? Why in the world would he associate himself with this guy if he was just taking legal vitamins. It’s crazy. He’s turned into Clemens where he actually believes his own lies. I just want him to go away!

  8. Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    If the seal is broken, I wouldn’t take any of it. It might be full of Tylenol.

    • 4d3fect - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      or harpies? avenging angels? sword of doom?

  9. madhatternalice - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    I don’t understand. I thought A-Rod’s lawyers wanted everything unsealed? It sure seems that way, given the comments Siev made:

    “We’re thrilled,” said Jordan Siev, one of A-Rod’s lawyers. “We want the entire record to be public. We want everyone to be able to see exactly what Bosch said.”

    • doctornature - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      I read that too, and thought the same thing.

      The lawyers have a big pile of “NO’ slammed into their face, so immediately pull a 180, now seemingly thrilled that the un-redacted report be made public. Lucky the suits have a delusional client who will believe anything fed to him that keeps the gravy train rolling.

      A smart player, one not under the influence of his own self-importance and able to see the writing on the wall, would have accepted the compromise supposedly offered by MLB before arbitration. But goaded on by his yes-men, he believed a flock of high-priced con men could eliminate the suspension totally, despite 500 Blackberry messages, mountains of phone records, eyewitness testimony, and nearly the entire Baseball world’s negative opinion of his lying, cheating, deceit, and arrogance. The lawyers are probably laughing behind his back, much like auto mechanics who take advantage of naive car owners and pad the bill mercilessly.

      Karma has come home to roost, Fraud, and the next time you kiss yourself in the mirror, you ought to kiss your ass good-bye, because you are outta here.

      • righthandofjustice - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        It turned out it was MLBPA’s opposition to the full release of Horowitz’s ruling statement.

        Earlier, it was reported MLBPA supported A-Rod’s decision to get Horowitz’s decision overturned. It seemed like that was a bargain between MLBPA and A-Rod if he could only make a partial filing of Horowitz’s letter then MLBPA would not be named as defendant of his lawsuit. But now, Judge Pauley refused the partial filing so MLBPA was also sued.

        I think there are probably something evidence MLBPA tried desperately to hide, most likely related to Michael Weiner.

  10. 6ball - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM


    And people sometimes ask me why I no longer follow baseball.


    • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      No, we didn’t.

  11. chip56 - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Just an aside, given the number of players who can’t get elected to the MLB Hall of Fame based on the fact that they played during the Steroid Era and thus are tainted by it whether they used or not – wouldn’t it be poetic justice for Bud Selig to be kept out of the Hall of Fame for being the commissioner who oversaw the Steroid Era?

    Look, we all know and accept that the climate in negotiations between the league and union have changed greatly since Don Fehr and Gene Orza stepped down and that change, as much as anything, is what led to a JDA. Odds are that if Fehr was still running the union there wouldn’t have been any JDA and certainly no suspensions. But Bud does share the blame (as do all owners and executives) for turning a blind eye.

    I have no problem with Alex suffering a punishment that was clearly intended as a message by a league that is pissed it couldn’t penalize Bonds, Canseco, Clemens or the rest – the fall is always harder from the top – but at the same time, Selig doesn’t get a pass.

    • dowhatifeellike - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Steroid issues aside, I don’t see how Bud is Hall worthy anyway. MLBPA is still as powerful as ever. All-Star Game home field advantage nonsense. Refusal to enter the 21st century and adopt replay. The only real positive of his tenure is the massive increase in TV revenue, which is a boon for the owners and players but didn’t do anything to make the game better. If anything, it made it worse.

      • chip56 - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Expanded playoffs and re-alignment

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