Yesterday was undoubtedly a busy day for Alex Rodriguez as the Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed the players’s 211-game suspension, sending the case to an independent arbitrator.
According to union spokesman Greg Bouris the appeal has indeed taken place and said the players’ association had nothing else to add.
The right-hander, who went 1-for-5 with a single and a walk in the New York Yankees’ 6-5, 12-inning defeat versus the Chicago White Sox on last night, and stated he had “no reaction” to the filing of the grievance.
Earlier this week A-Rod was suspended through the 2014 MLB season. On Monday the league penalized 13 players following an investigation into Biogenesis of America, a shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The other 12 players accepted 50-game suspensions, however Rodriguez is firm on his plans about fighting the ban. Union head Michael Weiner said the punishment for the third baseman was “way out of line.”
YouWager experts confirmed that several union members believe that under the collective bargaining and joint drug agreements, discipline must meet a “just cause” standard.
The New York native’s punishment was scheduled to begin today, but he is allowed to keep playing until the grievance is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Horowitz isn’t expected to rule until November or December at the earliest.
Coming back from hip surgery in January, Rodriguez played his first game of the baseball season Monday night in the series opener versus Chicago. A-Rod singled in his first at-bat and was 2-for-6 with a walk in his first two games.