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The MLBPA asks for A-Rod’s lawsuit to be tossed out

Feb 4, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP AP

As expected, the MLBPA has asked the court to strike A-Rod’s claims against it. Its argument: A-Rod can’t claim he didn’t get a good defense from the union given that his suspension was reduced and given the quality of its argument and briefing in the case. A-Rod has until Friday to respond.

This could drag on for a while, of course. For whatever reason A-Rod didn’t ask for an injunction to have his suspension put on hold, which would have accelerated matters considerably. Probably because he knows he’s likely to lose, I imagine, but how having a protracted legal battle that gets him to the same place helps anyone other than his lawyers is beyond me.

  1. xdj511 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Doesn’t help anyone but his lawyers? Hmm Craig… you might be onto something there…

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  2. Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    This part of the story is too dull to waste good popcorn….yet. However, one should never presume that It won’t eventually blossom into something that requires not only extra butter and salt, but even an imported beer.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Meh, I kinda feel like this is the dance sequence part — minus Cyd Charisse, Rita Moreno, Fred Astaire or anyone else that would make it worthwhile to sit through.

      Does anyone else need something while I’m in the kitchen?

      • 4d3fect - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        A sandwich.


        With dirty chips.

        Eye of the hawk. (Right there on the shelf! Do I have to do everything myself? Sheesh!)

    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      BTW, OG, I watched Devil and Daniel Webster from the Criterion Collection last weekend. I’m pretty sure A-Rod was on the jury.

      • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Not a chance. Jabez would have lost his soul, consarn it (whatever the hell “consarn it” means).

    • masher1965 - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      As the article said, ” as expected ” . This WHOLE legal case is a farce and ARod and his lawyers know it. As the article , in it’s brevity points out, WHY didn’t he ask for an injunction ?? Even if it had little to no chance ( and is the writer a legal expert , the opinion of legal experts or just his opinion , who really knows ?? ) by the time this case drags through the system, he will have missed the year ANYWAYS .

  3. dlf9 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Anyone have a link to the actual motion MLBPA filed? The NYDN article is, as expected, less than informative.

  4. happytwinsfan - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    what’s wrong with us? the football people have got aaron hernandez for their off season. multiple murders, missing murder weapons, the timely/untimely deaths of key witnesses, images of the prime suspect’s head to toe gang tattoos. i’m expecting whitey bulger to show up before it’s over. and the best we can do is arod getting bilked by his lawyers?

    • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      I doubt if they’re still bilking him. He kicked over the pail months ago.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        not to offend your political sensibilities, but would being borked by his accusers be more accurate?

        oh oh, fox news seems to be making inroads. “borked” wasn’t underlined by the spell checker.

      • Old Gator - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        Naahhh, my political sensibilities, such as they are, aren’t that easily offended. My ideological sensibilities, in the broader sense, can be inflamed, though. When you look at this corporatist court now, one can only be grateful that Bork got borked.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:33 AM

        then borked it is. i could be wrong but did he not have the decency to die recently? at least he didn’t resign during the saturday night massacre.

        for you younger folk that don’t know what we’re talking about, this is truly what god invented google for.

        hope yet gator, this time the spell check did underline “borked”. i’d love to get my paws on the code behind that thing. trust me, the bastards can direct and limit discussion a lot more then you might guess just by tweeking that sort of thing.

      • masher1965 - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM

        I think you people seriously need to adjust your tinfoil hats . The conspiracy fringe , that has to assume EVERYTHING is a monumental governmental cover up and massive conspiracy to hide the “truth” from the “innocent ” American public needs lithium and quite possibly a lobotomy. Let me help the helpless, our government is massive, so massive that it’s index finger has no clue what it’s middle finger is doing. There aren’t conspiracies, there isn’t a NEED for any. The public , look in the mirror guys, believe any tripe said to it along that line . Just like Area 51 and Groom Lake was the “home for the ET’s and alien UFO’s ‘ , when the government just let the public run away with it’s collective paranoia and continued to develop the future of the Air force RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR NOSE. Hilariously funny. So please , do TRY to keep in touch with reality ONCE IN A BLUE MOON

    • pjmarn6 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      You forget who is trying to write this article. He is getting paid by the word.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        more likely he gets paid by the click and he thanks you for your two cents

  5. raym64 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    The best thing I could hope for if the lawsuit proceeded is if there were possibly illegal tactics used by the commissioners office in obtaining the evidence. I’m all for the suspensions of players caught using steroids, but not at the expense of legal rights.

    • ilovegspot - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Best thing that will happen is Sroid continuing to wast more money. His lawyers love him. MLB had to deal with low life’s to catch a cheater.

  6. chip56 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    So the lawyers Alex hired instead of using Union representation are now claiming that the Union didn’t do a good job representing him?

    It must be nice to have a complete moron with tons of money as your client.

    • raym64 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Maybe not in this case, but there can still be an argument that the union didn’t fight on a players behalf when the bargain agreement stated 50 games for a first offense. Private lawyers or not.

      • ilovegspot - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        They will mild him for all they can. He is a sucker. Evedence goes way beyond a single failed test. Loads of evedance of years of prolific PED use.

      • masher1965 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        I think , Ray , you are way out on a branch with no visible means of support. Ask yourself this, WHY did Arod storm out of the arbitration, a legal proceeding , when he and his lawyers KNEW that Selig hasn’t testified at an Arbitration since the new CBA and has not had to ?? Doesn’t that smell of a ploy ?? Also, he goes STRAIGHT to a radio station to voice the reasons ?? Again, smacks of a planned move. What can be deduced from ARODS actions is that once he and his lawyers saw the evidence laid out in the arbitration and then KNEW that once under oath, he would or could be end up committing perjury , it was decided to walk out , using Selig AS THE REASON. That makes more sense and explains his actions . One more thing, I am NOT saying Selig is a good commissioner or isn’t using this round of nailing players to spice up a tarnished image, however, Arod screwed himself, and he knows it

      • chip56 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        The union didn’t fight because they interpreted the JDA in a way that the 50/100/150 rule didn’t apply.

        That’s like saying that a lawyer didn’t get you out of a drug conviction by successfully arguing that drugs should be legal.

    • mikeinthevine - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Once A-rod employed his own lawyers, the union was out of the mix. He’s grasping at straws.

      • tysonpunchinguterus - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        Maybe this was his plan all along. He didn’t like the idea of admitting guilt and accepting a lesser penalty and knew he’d have a hard time winning his appeal no matter who represented him, so he had his private attorneys handle his defense so he could argue that the union didn’t defend him properly. I doubt it will work if that was his plan, though.

  7. yordo - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Everyone fears A-Rod. Victory is near, comrades.

  8. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    “how having a protracted legal battle that gets him to the same place helps anyone other than his lawyers is beyond me”

    Two words. E-go. This long ago stopped being about anything else.

    The armchair psychologist in me says he needs to further feed the pathological portion of his brain that actually believes he is innocent. But that’s just what the armchair psychologist in me says

    • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      The armchair urologist in me says that he’s just feeding that non-psychological portion of his brain that tells him when it’s time to go take a leak.

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    The only thing that needs to be thrown out is A-Roid out of the human race.

  10. pjmarn6 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Gee when king kong turns tail and runs, Rodriguez must be guilty.

  11. disgracedfury - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    How can A-rod get 162 when if he hasn’t been punished for a first offense which is said in the JDA rules:You can’t give him more than 50 games until you give him his first offense.It’s against the JDA to give him three 50 game suspensions and there is no evidence he used misconduct as it’s MLB that bought illegal papers which broke a federal law.

    The evidence in this case if put in a normal court would be thrown out.

    • papazoid - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      let’s see, offering to pay a drug dealers lawyer $50,000 and exchanging hundreds of text messages over a period of three years, with instructions of exactly when to take said drugs from the said drug dealer even when you aren’t buying anything from him, happens all the time.

  12. papazoid - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    AROiD knows his reputation is in the mud and can’t be damaged anymore than it already is. therefore, why not prolong the embarrassment for MLB.

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