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MLBPA director responds to A-Rod, calls attacks on Michael Weiner “inexcusable”

Jan 13, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

After Alex Rodriguez sued both Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in federal court today in an effort to overturn his 162-game suspension, new MLBPA director Tony Clark fired back with the following statement:

“It is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association. His claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges. “The Players Association has vigorously defended Mr. Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career. Mr. Rodriguez’s allegation that the Association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on our former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable. When all is said and done, I am confident the Players Association will prevail.”

Just in case it wasn’t obvious already, today’s events make it official: Alex Rodriguez has chosen to be on an island all by himself.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Talk about burning his bridges.

    • paperlions - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      What can you do to a bridge that is more destructive than just burning it? That is what he is doing….something that not only destroys that bridge, but ensures that no bridge can every be made to replace it.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Ah, he must be nuking them–with lots of residual radiation.

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        The Bridge On the River WTF.

        Doo doo, doo doo doo DOO doo doo….

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Ned: Excuse me neighbour! I couldn’t help but notice you picked pretty much all of my flowers!
        Homer: Can’t make a float without flowers…
        Ned: Uh, sure enough, but did you have to salt the earth so nothing would ever grow again?
        Homer: Hehehehe.. yeah.

      • robmoore - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        He’s nuking it from orbit.

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        More like he’s nuking it from his obit.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    “Alex Rodriguez has chosen to be on an island all by himself.”

    No PED user ever has, or ever will be alone.

  3. nsstlfan - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Philliesfan he is pretty alone besides his lawyers. Doing this he pretty much blackballed himself to never getting helped again by the MLBPA

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Lawyer….you are close….

    • ditto65 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Except, you know, they have to.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    “The Players Association has vigorously defended Mr. Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career.

    HAHAHAHAHA

    Like when Arod wanted to go to Boston, and offered to reduce his contract. Then the MLBPA said no he can’t do it. That’s defending him?

    When due to MLBPA stupidity, linking a double blind study to actual names and keeping that document was taken by the FEDs, and Arod’s name was outed. Did they take any blame for that? Noooooope. Is that defending him?

    Like how Michael Weiner stood with Ortiz after his name was outed. Did anyone do that for Arod?

  5. raysfan1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    I think he has to try to show the MLBPA did not fulfill its duties if his (hopeless) case is to get to federal court. (Perhaps Craig could confirm this?) Still, he does seem intent upon burning every bridge he sees.

    • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Remember that bridge in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? The way both sides emptied out once it was blown?

      How the hell does this idiot think he’s ever going to walk into a clubhouse again after his suspension is over?

      • sincitybonobo - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        OG,

        What do you think of Loria picking up Arod for the league minimum in 2015 and releasing him when he hits HR # 659?

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        You know, you’re not the first one to suggest that A-Roid would somehow wind up down here. On the face of it, it sounds ridiculous, but then you wonder if Scrooge McLoria – who has publicly acknowledged in radio and Feeshwrapper interviews that he is detested in Macondo, not to mention just about everywhere else – wouldn’t like there to be someone else connected with the organization beside whom he wouldn’t look quite as bad. This would be especially true if he proved to be an attractive-repellent gate draw that folks paid handsomely to come in and jeer.

        Then again, it’s also unfortunate that Scrooge seems to have had nothing to do with Bufogenesis.

    • Yoda Wright You Are - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      I can’t speak to federal law, but generally speaking, the NLRB is the appropriate forum for A-Rod to pursue a charge against his union. In that scenario, it would have to be found that the MLBPA violated its duty of fair representation with respect to A-Rod. Generally speaking, unions are given a wide range of reasonableness within which to represent its members. It’s a pretty high bar to clear, and it rarely occurs.

      • anxovies - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:47 AM

        I believe that Arbitrator Horowitz is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. The members are notorious for favoring management and insurance companies in arbitration decision. Most Plaintiff’s attorneys in my locality refuse to agree to Arbitrators from NAA and the American Association of Arbitrators. Most prefer a retired judge or local attorney.

  6. sincitybonobo - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    This is a perfect storm of a half-billionaire with a high school education being goaded into Quixotic legal battles that breed nothing but ill will among baseball players, owners, fans, and management.

    Tacopina’s billable hours seem to be inversely proportional to any modicum of self-awareness on the part of this narcissist. ARod may have never played a clean inning in the Big Leagues. Anyone who believes his PED use started only after his first quarter-billion dollar deal is beyond gullible.

    There is no groundswell of support for ARod among anyone in baseball- especially the players and fans. Speaking ill of Michael Weiner is perhaps the single dumbest thing he could have done if he expected anyone in baseball to have his back for anything now or in the future.

    Some free advice, AFraud:

    Your legal team saved you 54 days worth of pay. That’s a victory, given the circumstances. Of course, presumably somebody on your legal team also advised you to turn down a 50 game suspension.

    You have stolen more money from this great game than the GDP’s of small, developing countries. Drop out of sight immediately and hire a PR firm during next off-season to rehabilitate your image in the decreasing hopes that some team will endure your presence in their dugout after the Yankees release you.

    Better yet, I hope you never play another inning in The Show. You’ve defiled the record books enough.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      He didn’t steal any more. His previous legal team was representing him when the 50 game offer was made. And the record books have had plenty of “defiling”.

      • sincitybonobo - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Only Bonds and Clemens have come close to his level of defiling the books. In the category of stealing money, this narcissistic pariah is the undisputed king.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        Just because you say something doesn’t mean it’s true. How did he steal money?

      • sincitybonobo - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Numbers=$

        Do you know any professional baseball players? I do. Ask a few if he stole money from fans and his fellow players.

        I’m obviously using the phrase in the metaphoric sense- not from a legal perspective.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Isn’t this “stealing” business you are referring to little more than emotionally charging a discourse about Rodriguez? Haven’t his malfeasance been bad enough that sticking to the facts paints him in as unfavorable a light as anyone might need to use?

        It just strikes me that there is an awful lot of this kind of hyperbolic labelling going around. At the end of the day, he didn’t steal from anyone. He was paid to play a sport. No part of his contract stipulated that he had to be free of PEDs to do so.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        Do you know any professional baseball players? I do. Ask a few if he stole money from fans and his fellow players.

        Professional ballplayers think titanium necklaces/bracelets help them with blood flow/balance. Some think OBP isn’t important because it’s not on a scoreboard. Some thing taking a walk is bad and you should instead swing at bad pitches.

        They are paid to hit a ball, they should stick to that.

    • sincitybonobo - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Arguing that ARod did not steal money from fans and fellow players is to suggest that his success in baseball comes from the totality of natural talent and hard work.

      No player during the steroid era was the beneficiary of a larger boost in a combination of career numbers and career earnings than Alex Rodriguez.

      Not all players are geniuses. Agreed. However, not all baseball knowledge comes from SABR. The consensus opinion of those who have played the game at the highest level can’t be discounted.

      The phrase, as I’ve noted, doesn’t suggest a legal connotation. It’s a metaphor. And a correct one.

      • saints97 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        You don’t have the consensus opinion of anything. If you did, you’d be talking to an awfully lot of players who also used PEDs (as did the immortals like Mays, Aaron, Mantle, etc.).

        People need to get off of their high horse. The game has been dirty forever. Pretending that one dirty era is dirtier than another is your own form delusion – so ARod isn’t the only delusional one here.

        I don’t care either way on ARod, but I am a little bothered by the fact that he was given a penalty that shouldn’t be allowed.

        I also find it funny that no player ever has paid more in dues to the MLBPA.

      • sincitybonobo - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        Still comparing the efficacy of “Ball Four”- era greenies to 21st Century steroids? Fox News applauds your attempt at false equivalency.

        The offensive surge in the amphetamine era never happened. Since the MLBPA and Commissioner’s office pulled their head out of the sand on this issue, there have been empirical data supporting the effect of drug testing, relative to Runs/GM, HR/GM, etc.

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7035635/major-league-baseball-offense-2011-dropped-two-decade-low

      • saints97 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

        So you judge cheating on how well it actually works?

        I also suppose you aren’t to worried about MLB changing the ball composition, either.

        Hey, whatever produces the narrative you are looking for, right?

      • saints97 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        Oh, and, by the way, pitchers cheat, too, in case you are lying and don’t actually know any real players.

      • sincitybonobo - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Indeed. Pitchers cheat. However, by any objective measure, the preponderance of the steroid era’s benefits went to the offensive side of the ledger.

        As DeRosa noted on MLB Tonight, 47 players hit 30+ HR in 2000. Last season, 14 did so. No drastic change of ball composition is being alleged during these two seasons- even among the most ardent steroid apologists.

        DeRosa also noted “it’s a young man’s game”. Without PED’s, the calendar can’t be thwarted as it was in the past. He also spoke about the general sentiment among the players regarding ARod and the fact that during his 16-year tenure, the game is measurably cleaner today.

        The data, which do not have designs on any particular narrative, concur.

      • sincitybonobo - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Just checking out the 2000 stats. Holy Christ.

        Last year, 2 players who qualified for the batting title (Miggy, Davis) tallied an OPS of 1.000+

        In 2000, that number was 19- including Richard Hidalgo and Brian Giles.

        http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp#sectionType=sp&sortColumn=ops&season=2000&league_code='MLB'&statType=hitting&game_type='R'&elem=%5Bobject+Object%5D&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Player+hitting&season_type=ANY&page=1&ts=1389676199557&playerType=QUALIFIER&sportCode='mlb'&split=&team_id=&active_sw=&position=&page_type=SortablePlayer&sortOrder='desc'&results=&perPage=50&timeframe=&last_x_days=&extended=0

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        The consensus opinion of those who have played the game at the highest level can’t be discounted.

        Joe Morgan played the game at the highest level. Joe Morgan the announcer was a moron who didn’t understand why Joe Morgan the player was one of the best ever.

        This is called an argument from authority. Just because you were involved with something doesn’t make you an expert.

        The offensive surge in the amphetamine era never happened. Since the MLBPA and Commissioner’s office pulled their head out of the sand on this issue, there have been empirical data supporting the effect of drug testing, relative to Runs/GM, HR/GM, etc.

        Yes, and the HR binge happened prior to when the so called “steroid era” happened.

        http://steroids-and-baseball.com/

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7035635/major-league-baseball-offense-2011-dropped-two-decade-low

        Keep posting this, and I’ll keep adding this post where you are wrong:

        http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/home-runs-have-made-their-return-to-mlb/

      • paperlions - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        First, the steroid era started in the 1950s and was in full swing by the 1960s.

        Second, hitters didn’t benefit more from steroids, it isn’t clear that they benefited much at all. What hitters did benefit from was a change in ball manufacturers in the middle of 1993. A change that resulted in an immediate league-wide increase of 33% in HRs hit. A rate that went unchanged for over a decade, until 2007…coincidentally, probably, when amphetamine testing began. When steroid testing began, HR rate and offense did not change at all.

        Saying you can’t discount the opinion of players is like saying you can’t discount the opinions about religion of those that belong to different religious groups. Just because you participated in something doesn’t validate the opinion.

        Just for the hell of it, in case you feel like reading research rather than baseless speculation:

        http://steroids-and-baseball.com/

  7. NYTolstoy - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    He’s not alone…He has Craig! That’s something

    • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      My thumb up there was ironic.

  8. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    At this point it wouldn’t surprise me if the Yankees just pay him what’s left of his contract and tell him to never show up at Yankee Stadium ever again.

  9. grumpyoleman - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Nothing close to defiling like Aroid and balloon head

  10. sincitybonobo - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Let’s not forget, he is contractually due a $6,000,000 bonus for each of the following career HR feats:

    Tying Willie Mays (660)
    Tying Babe Ruth (714)
    Tying Hank Aaron (756)
    Tying Barry Bonds (762)
    Passing Barry Bonds (763)

    Just in case the Yankees needed 30 million more reasons to release him- and for any other team in MLB not to touch him- there it is.

  11. ajsjr40 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Burning the Bridge over the River Ahole!

  12. yournuts - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    A pretty smart move by Arod lawyer. If Arod sued MLB alone his case may never get heard because of the collective bargaining agreement, but by including the MLBPA there is a much better chance that it will be heard in federal court. Pretty slick, and if it is heard there is a good likelyhood that Tony Bosch’s testimony will be squashed because he took money, and had his legal defense paid for from MLB.

    This is a slick lawyer. We’ll see what happens kids.

  13. louhudson23 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    SinCity destroys false equivalency of greenies in relation to offensive production.There wasn’t one,in fact there was a decline,abated somewhat by the mound height decrease. SinCity points out the (apparent)mere coincidence of offensive explosion-decline cycle in pre-testing/testing era. Seems the increase/decline was numerically massive,obvious and indisputable,whatever the cause. SinCity points out second (apparently)merely coincidental lack of concurring pitching prowess-decline cycle in pre-testing/testing era….seems there isn’t one. Next?

    • paperlions - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      Willful ignorance is a powerful thing. Feel free to explain why HR rates increased by 33% from one year to the next (which just so happened to coincide with MLB changing ball manufacturers) and then stayed the same for the next dozen years, until amphetamine testing began.

      There is no equivalency of the two. We already know amphetamines are more dangerous drugs, and all of the evidence suggests that amphetamines help players play baseball more than steroids. Again, feel free to search for news stories on-line about amphetamine-related deaths by teen aged athletes and for steroid related deaths. The final total is a lot to zero.

  14. JJT - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    So I guess A-Rod has progressed beyond the “I just desperately want everyone to love me” stage, huh?

  15. sandwiches4ever - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Fascinating stuff. Wonder if there’s any rift there from when they were teammates.

  16. sincitybonobo - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    “Home Runs Per Contact”???

    That is the weakest attempt to water down the offensive explosion of The Steroid Era by inflating the number at the bottom of the equation, with respect to home run rate.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/bat.shtml

    Also- seriously- take a look at these 2000 season stats and compare them to 2013.

    49 players hit 30+ HR in 2000, even though steroids allegedly had no effect.
    14 players hit 30+ HR in 2013.

    19 players who qualified for the 2000 batting title had an OPS of 1.000+
    2 players who qualified for the 2013 batting title had an OPS of 1.000+ (Miggy, Davis)

    Stick to aggregate HR. It’s apples to apples.

    21.875% fewer HR were hit in 2013 as compared to 2000. Since PED testing was implemented, there has been a consistent decline.

    “Home Runs Per Contact” obscures this fact- to some people. Nice try.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp#sectionType=sp&sortColumn=hr&season=2000&league_code='MLB'&statType=hitting&game_type='R'&elem=%5Bobject+Object%5D&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Player+hitting&season_type=ANY&page=1&ts=1389719301049&playerType=QUALIFIER&sportCode='mlb'&split=&team_id=&active_sw=&position=&page_type=SortablePlayer&sortOrder='desc'&results=&perPage=50&timeframe=&last_x_days=&extended=0

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Actually, its you ducking the argument by posting your rebuttal as a stand alone comment. The others don’t see it so can’t call it bogus.

      Also, your entire argument conveniently ignores park effects. you do know what those are and how they play into aggregate HRs, right? You do know that agg/hrs drop as bigger parks get built, right? Look into how many pitcher friendly parks have been built in the last 15-20 years.

      Also, a quick trawl through the internet easily demonstrates that steroids have been in sport for >50 years. Testosterone used as long ago as ~1900. This is a verifiable fact. No offensive output matches up with it. The only thing that matches up with the mid 90’s power surge is the change in baseball manufacturer.

      A less bouncy ball in a bigger park = decrease in HRs. Take away their amphetamines, too and you see the offensive output we have before us now.
      Now, since you are a closed mind, I’ll leave this thread and conversation entirely to you so you can go on convincing yourself what a wonder drug steroids are for baseball performance. Beats thinking, I guess.

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