Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has walked out on his arbitration listening to – where he’s appealing a 211-recreation suspension by Major League Baseball for his ties to the Biogenesis scandal – in anger, calling the process a “farce.”
A-Rod’s full statement on the matter:
I’ve sat via 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly via every minute, trying to respect the league and the method. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to return in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come back in and face me.
The absurdity and injustice simply grew to become an excessive amount of. I walked out and won’t take part any further in this farce.
A 211-game suspension can be the longest drug-associated suspension in MLB history and A-Rod is technically a first-time offender, given that his previous ties to PEDs got here from the time period when testing and suspension rules weren’t in place. Main League Baseball is making an attempt to show that he’s frequently violated the Joint Drug Agreement, making him greater than a primary-time offender.
Per my colleague Jon Heyman, A-Rod slammed his fist on the desk throughout the hearing earlier than getting up to walk out, throughout which walk he checked out MLB COO Rob Manfred and stated, “that is bulls-, and you already know it.”
MLB has launched the next statement in return:
For more than forty years, Main League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process to address disputes between the 2 parties. This negotiated process has served gamers and clubs effectively. Regardless of Mr. Rodriguez being upset with one of many arbitration panel’s rulings in the present day, Main League Baseball remains dedicated to this course of and to a good decision of the pending dispute.
This was the eleventh day of hearings in New York Metropolis on Rodriguez’s enchantment by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Rodriguez’s outburst followed the decision by Horowitz that MLB commissioner Bud Selig does not have to testify in the proceedings.
It was lengthy unclear whether or not A-Rod himself would testify, but now that he’s walked out, the writing appears to be on the proverbial wall.
More information on the case, through the Related Press:
MLB stated U.S. District Decide Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan issued an order Tuesday compelling Michael Sitrick, head of the public relations firm Sitrick & Co., to comply with a Sept. 19 subpoena issued by Horowitz to appear on the arbitration and to provide paperwork. Sitrick & Co. labored on Rodriguez’s behalf earlier this 12 months.
In papers filed in New York Supreme Court on Oct. 29, MLB alleged Sitrick & Co. had provided information from [Biogenesis founder Anthony] Bosch to Yahoo Sports activities, which revealed a story Feb. 5 saying the title of 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun appeared in records of Biogenesis of America, the Florida anti-getting old clinic accused of distributing banned efficiency-enhancing medicine.
MLB mentioned within the court docket papers it believed the paperwork had been “offered to Sitrick & Co. by Rodriguez or others performing on his behalf.” Miami New Occasions had reported Jan. 29 that Rodriguez purchased human growth hormone and other efficiency-enhancing substances from Biogenesis during 2009-12.
The hearing will continue daily by means of Nov. 26, apparently with out A-Rod’s presence.