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  1. Players tried to kick A-Rod out of the union, threaten him with beaning when he returns

    Jan 21, 2014, 12:58 PM EST

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    I don’t know if the union did everything it could in defending Alex Rodriguez in his arbitration, but it is apparently doing a piss-poor job of explaining to its players that threatening other union members for exercising their legal rights in appealing discipline from the league is a pretty dumb precedent for a union to…

  2. Drake mocks A-Rod on “Saturday Night Live”

    Jan 19, 2014, 4:39 PM EST

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    Drake hosted and performed a few songs on this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC. He also impersonated Alex Rodriguez in the opening sketch. It’s right after the Chris Christie bit … Follow @drewsilv

  3. MLB’s claim that A-Rod sent money to Bosch’s attorney to silence him looks really shaky

    Jan 17, 2014, 2:28 PM EST

    Rob Manfred

    On “60 Minutes” last Sunday Rob Manfred claimed that a large payment from Alex Rodriguez to Tony Bosch’s attorney — $49,901.51 — was intended as a payoff for Bosch’s silence. When asked point blank if he thought the payment was a bribe, Rob Manfred said he did. But go read Steve Fishman’s latest at New York…

  4. Royals ink Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract

    Jan 16, 2014, 7:31 PM EST

    Guillermo Mota Getty

    After securing Brad Penny as a non-roster invitee yesterday, the Royals added another familiar name today by signing reliever Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Mota hasn’t pitched professionally since 2012 as a member of the Giants when he posted a 5.23 ERA over 26 appearances. He served…

  5. Is Clayton Kershaw’s contract a harbinger of things to come?

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:23 AM EST

    Clayton Kershaw

    After learning of Clayton Kershaw‘s seven-year, $215 million deal yesterday a lot of people started to speculate what his contract meant for other pitchers. Comments about how Max Scherzer and David Price were probably doing cartwheels. About how Jon Lester can start looking at higher-priced real estate. That sort of thing. Obviously what one player…

  6. A-Rod thinks that his 162-game suspension could actually be a blessing in disguise

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:03 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Alex Rodriguez made his first public comments since his suspension yesterday. They came at a promotional appearance in Mexico. He didn’t talk about the specifics of his ban or his legal strategy, but he did say something interesting about its effect. He thinks it may actually be a blessing in disguise: “I think that in…

  7. Derek Jeter is “saddened” by the A-Rod situation

    Jan 16, 2014, 7:42 AM EST

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    The Captain has made his first public comments about Alex Rodriguez. As is usually the case with Derek Jeter, he hits the right notes and it’s hard to take any issue with what he said: “As a teammate, you’re saddened by the whole thing. The whole thing has been kind of messy . . . he’s…

  8. What should MLB have done in the A-Rod case? What should the players think now?

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:49 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    So much of what I’ve been writing about and reacting to the past few days has been focused on what x, y and z mean for Alex Rodriguez. And, frankly, that’s getting close to played out. Meanwhile, Chris Needham — a dedicated reader/critic of mine (but a smart and well-intentioned one) — challenged me this…

  9. Impolite or not, A-Rod’s “attack” on Michael Weiner is not out-of-bounds

    Jan 14, 2014, 9:53 AM EST

    Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at news conference to announce new collective bargaining agreement in New York

    When Alex Rodriguez‘s lawsuit against the MLBPA came to light yesterday, immediate attention went to the allegations that the union and its late Executive Director, Michael Weiner, did not properly defend Alex Rodriguez’s interests. Initially there was surprise, but that surprise is now turning into scorn, as if A-Rod is somehow going after the character…

  10. Will the MLBPA fire arbitrator Frederic Horowitz?

    Jan 14, 2014, 6:23 AM EST

    Horowitz

    The neutral third arbitrator who handles PED appeals, as well as grievances brought by players, serves at the pleasure of both Major League Baseball and the MLBPA. They can fire him for any reason. They can fire him for no reason. All that need happen is written notice from one side or the other. We…

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

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:21 PM EST

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    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…

  12. The Arbitrator’s Decision: Creatively Counting to 150

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:22 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    I’ve received a copy of the complaint Alex Rodriguez has filed in federal court seeking to overturn the arbitration decision against him and naming the MLBPA as a defendant as a result of their alleged failure to advance and aid in his defense. A full copy of the documents can be read here. I have…

  13. A-Rod sues Major League Baseball and the MLBPA in an effort to get his suspension overturned

    Jan 13, 2014, 4:40 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    We knew it was coming and here it is: Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players’ union Monday, seeking to overturn his 162-game suspension. The best part: as part of his suit, he had to attach the arbitrator’s decision from which he appeals. We’ll be going through it here at HBT soon and finding…

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

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:23 PM EST

    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…

  15. Alex Rodriguez, Anthony Bosch, and disliking everyone in the “60 Minutes” report

    Jan 13, 2014, 12:01 PM EST

    Yankees' Rodriguez strikes out against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    The trouble with liars, as the old line goes, is that they don’t have the decency to lie all the time. Somewhere in his parade of nonsense, paranoia and self-aggrandizement, it seems evident that Anthony Bosch told some truths about Alex Rodriguez and performance enhancing drugs. It just doesn’t seem practical for him to have…

  16. MLB needs to assure the players that the A-Rod case does not set a new precedent

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:17 AM EST

    Bud Selig

    Everyone is squawking about MLB officials going on “60 Minutes” last night. I don’t think it’s the biggest thing in the world. It’s unseemly for MLB to basically take a victory lap like that, but I doubt they would have if A-Rod and his lawyers hadn’t been pulling those kinds of stunts themselves. Which, of course,…

  17. Alex Rodriguez Suspension Wrapup

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:40 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    In case you had a life over the weekend or, in case you did something silly with your time like pay attention to football, you may have missed the news of Alex Rodriguez‘s 162-game suspension being affirmed by an arbitrator. Or, at the very least, you may have missed HardballTalk’s coverage of the news. If…

  18. So, about Alex Rodriguez’s friend who wanted Tony Bosch dead…

    Jan 12, 2014, 10:01 PM EST

    Tony Bosch (60 Minutes - CBS)

    Someone is going to put him in jail, right? I mean, MLB’s chief operating officer Rob Manfred made it quite clear on 60 Minutes that the threat against Tony Bosch’s life, made by an associate of Alex Rodriguez, needed to be taken seriously, even if he couldn’t go into any details about it. It’s no…

  19. Tony Bosch: Alex Rodriguez wanted to start an 800-homer club

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:15 PM EST

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    Interviewed by 60 Minutes for Sunday’s show, former drug dealer Tony Bosch says he first met with Alex Rodriguez in 2010 and subsequently gave him numerous performance enhancers and supplements over the following two years, including the banned substances testosterone, hGH and insulin growth factor. Bosch said upon meeting Rodriguez the former MVP asked him…

  20. The MLBPA is not happy that Rob Manfred and Tony Bosch will appear on 60 Minutes

    Jan 12, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

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    The Major League Baseball Players Association is writing the latest chapter in the drama that is this entire Alex Rodriguez situation. After Rodriguez was given a 162-game suspension by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, MLB executive Rob Manfred and Tony Bosch of Biogenesis will appear on 60 Minutes tonight to expound on the ordeal. The MLBPA had…

  21. Today’s decision punishes A-Rod, but it also gives Bud Selig new power

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:40 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    I think the most interesting thing about Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension is that curious number of games: 162. It’s such a great number. It matches up so perfectly with a major league baseball season! I thought Ryan Braun‘s suspension was interesting too: 65 games. When, as a matter of pure coincidence, I’m sure, the Milwaukee Brewers had…

  22. Alex Rodriguez has been invited to play for the Long Island Ducks

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:10 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Alex Rodriguez may not be able to play with the Yankees during the regular season, but he may be able to play baseball nonetheless. The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, an independent league that is not associated with Major League Baseball, have invited Rodriguez to play for them this season. Via Mark Herrman…

  23. Complete statements from Alex Rodriguez, MLB, Yankees, Anthony Bosch

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:44 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled today that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will serve a 162-game suspension for his ties to Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs. The punishment also bans him from participating in the postseason. Below you’ll find reactions from the various parties involved. Statement from Alex Rodriguez: “The number of games sadly comes as no…

  24. His 2014 season is history, as may be his career: so what is Alex Rodriguez’s legacy?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:53 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    In light of today’s ruling by the arbitrator, suspending him for 162 games, commentators will once again rush to the nearest television camera or take to their laptops and websites to tell us how Alex Rodriguez‘s legacy is now “forever tarnished” or words to that effect. When they do so, however, they will have to forget,…

  25. With A-Rod ban settled, where do the Yankees go from here?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EST

    Brian Cashman Getty

    The Yankees can finally move forward with their plans for 2014 now that Alex Rodriguez has received a 162-game ban which also includes the postseason. And they have to be pretty happy with how things have worked out. It’s easy to see the benefits of having Rodriguez off the books for 2014, as he was…

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