NYT: A-Rod asked players’ union to step aside during appeal

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Via Serge Kovaleski & Steve Eder: Alex Rodriguez‘s legal team formally requested that the players’ union step aside during the appeal of his 211-game suspension. The MLBPA serves as the player’s chief representative on the three-person arbitration panel. The letter with the request was sent to the union in late-August. The appeal hearing started last week and is not yet complete.

Rodriguez and his lawyers recently filed lawsuits against both MLB and team doctor Christopher Ahmad. The letter claimed, among other things, that the union failed to “fairly represent his interests” and missed opportunities to challenge the league’s aggressive investigation. Apparently the request was rebuffed, because MLBPA general counsel David Prouty is on the arbitration panel as A-Rod‘s representative. This isn’t another lawsuit or anything, just a request on A-Rod’s part to use his own legal team.

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  • Thurdonpaul

    Whos gonna play Arod in the movie version of this ?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Ben Affleck

      • vicki

        fuck you.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Ron Burgundy.

      • pat

        Played by Philip Seymor Hoffman

      • vicki

        fuck you also.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Yasiel Puig

    • ropeadope

      Alex Trebek

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      jackie earle haley

    • Pinkie Pie

      Danny Trejo

    • BFDeal

      Tyler Perry.

    • vicki

      low per capita funny people on this blog.

      • V

        Pot, kettle?

      • ropeadope


        We’re tryin’ – it ain’t easy being humorous.

  • turk

    ….if I never heard his name again….I’d be fine with it…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Thus the most absurd Yankee subplot since pre-suspension GS3 rolls on…

  • Bubba

    Makin’ friends and influencing people.

    • Pinkie Pie

      Dale Carnegie would be proud.

  • And in merrie olde England

    Does this mean he can sue the MLBPA if this appeal doesn’t go his way?

    • BFDeal

      Theoretically, you can file suit against practically anyone for anything. Now a judge allowing the suit, or even winning for that matter, is a completely different issue.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I read the entire 33 page lawsuit Alex filed againist the MLB. I get the feeling the suspension will be reduced substantially. I love this shit, better than any soap opera! Get em Alex…get em all!

    • OldYanksFan

      I heard it was weak and self aggrandizing.
      Can you sum up the high and low points?

      • vicki

        well aren’t you superior.

    • Farewell Mo

      I get the feeling that when this is all over, the Yankees are gonna release him, he’ll get to collect his money and he’s gonna be less welcome around baseball than Pete Rose and Jose Canseco.

    • BFDeal

      Based on the content and writing, I think Arod’s audience was public opinion and not the mlb arbitrators. I don’t see them being drastically swayed.

  • Brazilian Fan

    Arod= crazy desperate person