Rodriguez walks out of own grievance hearing
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz didn't force commissioner Bud Selig to testify in Rodriguez's appeal of his historic 211-game suspension for violating the game's Joint Drug Agreement.
"I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails," Rodriguez said in a statement. "I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come 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 in and face me.
"The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."
The hearings with Horowitz had entered the 12th day when Rodriguez stormed out.
Rodriguez was hit with a 211-game penalty in August, while 12 other players were suspended 50 games for their alleged ties to the now-closed South Florida anti-aging clinic accused of supplying performance-enhancing substances.
The Players Association issued a statement on the matter later on Wednesday in support of Rodriguez's actions at the meeting.
"The MLBPA believes that every player has the right under our arbitration process to directly confront his accuser. We argued strenuously to the arbitrator in Alex's case that the Commissioner should be required to appear and testify. While we respectfully disagree with the arbitrator's ruling, we will abide by it as we continue to vigorously challenge Alex's suspension within the context of this hearing."
Rodriguez has already sued MLB and Selig in New York state court, as well as Yankee team physician Christopher Ahmad.
11/20 23:03:15 ET