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Monday 27, Jan 2014

  Full-Season Suspension A ‘Big Favor,’ Says Alex Rodriguez

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Full-Season Suspension A ‘Big Favor,’ Says Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez may have sued Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (or MLBPA) against his reason season suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement, but it seems the Yankees third batsman is coming to terms with the fact that he will not be playing Major League Baseball in 2014.

The New York Yankees third baseman however expressed confidence that he will be back. Rodriguez remarked the full-season doping suspension he is scheduled to serve this year may actually turn out to be a “big favor” as he has been playing for 20 years without a timeout. According to the translation of a video at a promotional event in Mexico City, Rodriguez said he believes 2014 will be a good year to rest physically, mentally, and to prepare for the future and to start a new chapter of his life. A-Rod, who will be 39 when he is eligible to make a comeback, expects to return to the Yankees in 2015 and said there are three years left in his contract starting in 2015, and he expects to play very well and finishes his career in New York.

These remarks of Rodriguez were his first ever since an arbitrator upheld most of a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, reducing it to a full season of 162 games and the postseason. Alex Rodriguez has decided to continue his fight against the doping battle and his lawyers filed suit in a federal court, taking aim at Major League Baseball, the players union, and the arbitrator who heard his case, asking a judge for vacating his punishment. Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s spokesman, said this process has been taxing both mentally and physically throughout the past eight months and Alex will abide by the rulings of the federal judge – whatever he decides – and get ready for 2015 should the judge rule against him.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz found the baseball star using three banned substances each year from 2010 to 2012 and making two attempts for obstructing MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

It is widely believed by some legal experts that the chances of a federal judge throwing out the decision reached by Fredric Horowitz, MLB’s chief arbitrator are bleak to say the least. It is not common for judges to intervene in cases where private parties – the league and the union – have agreed to an arbitration process for handling disputes and a judge will act only if Alex Rodriguez could prove that Horowitz was unfair or biased.

In another development, a Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer has revealed that Rodriguez wanted the union to pursue extraordinary remedies outside of arbitration to stop attempts for disciplining the New York Yankees third baseman. Attorney Daniel Engelstein also urged that two Rodriguez lawsuits in Manhattan federal court be combined into a single case. The attorney said Alex Rodriguez accused the MLBPA of acting arbitrarily by not complying with Rodriguez’s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to `stand up’ to MLB and to stop it from acting in a manner Rodriguez characterized as improper.

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Thursday 23, Jan 2014

  MLBPA Slams Rodriguez Over ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

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MLBPA Slams Rodriguez Over ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

The Major League Baseball Players Association fired back on Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the 162-game suspension issued by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Rodriguez was given a reduced suspension from 211 to 162 games by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz who also ordered that the third baseman be banned from any 2014 postseason games as well.

Rodriguez was suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic scandal that provided banned performance enhancing drugs to baseball players. Arbitrator also found Rodriguez using three banned substances each year from 2010 to 2012 and making two attempts to obstruct MLB investigation.

Union chief Tony Clark challenged inclusion of the MLBPA in the federal lawsuit by Rodriguez and called the claim completely without merit. Tony Clark, who replaced highly regarded union chief Michael Weiner in December, issued a statement to challenge inclusion of the union by Rodriguez in the federal lawsuit he filed earlier in the day against MLB and the MLBPA. In a statement, Clark wrote it is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association and his claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.

Clark was outraged that the New York Yankees slugger decided to attack Weiner in his lawsuit. A-Rod questioned the comments by Weiner, who died from a brain tumor, which suggested that the union would recommend the player make a deal if Major League Baseball has overwhelming evidence linking a player to a violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. Weiner had remarked we are not interested in having players with overwhelming evidence that they violated the (drug) program out there and added that most of the players are not interested in that and we did like to have a clean program.

The 41-year-old Clark was serving as the MLBPA’s acting executive director since  former executive director Michael Weiner passed on November 22. Jeremy Guthrie, who, along with Curtis Granderson, serves as MLBPA association representative, the union’s most senior player-leadership position, said at the appointment of Tony Clark as the union’s next executive director that although the need to name a new executive director was brought about by the tragic passing of Michael Weiner, a man we all loved and respected, we’re very happy to have someone like Tony take the helm of our union.

The Major League Baseball Players Association chief Clark remarked the Players Association has vigorously defended Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career. He added that Rodriguez’s allegation that the association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on the former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable. When all is said and done, and he is confident the Players Association will prevail.

In another development, a Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer has remarked that A-Rod wanted the union to pursue extraordinary remedies outside of arbitration for stopping attempts to discipline the New York Yankees third baseman. Attorney Daniel Engelstein also said Rodriguez accused the MLBPA of acting arbitrarily by not complying with Rodriguez’s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to ‘stand up’ to the Major League Baseball and to stop it from acting in a manner Rodriguez characterized as improper.

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Saturday 30, Nov 2013

  Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

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Arbitration Case Of Rodriguez Closed

The arbitration hearing of Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez, nicknamed “A-Rod,” ended on Thursday without the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball testifying.

The baseball player has been fighting the suspension of 211 games imposed on him by Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez publicly blasted Bud Selig, the MLB commissioner, and MLB last week. A-Rod was suspended by the MLB for his alleged involvement with the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida that provided banned performance enhancing drugs. In the same case, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun received a suspension of 65 games for his dealing with the clinic while 12 other players were given 50-game suspensions.

The case was closed after twelve days of testimony. The fate of Rodriguez for the next season is now in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The three-time former Most Valuable Player and his lawyers signaled their lack of faith in the proceedings by vowing to release all of the evidence and preparing to take the case into federal court. The baseball star stormed out of the hearing and his lawyers remarked that A-Rod would longer participate unless Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig agrees to testify. Lead attorney Joe Tacopina said we’re not going to participate in a process that’s obviously a fait accompli and not a fair process and we are absolutely shutting down at this point. The attorneys of Rodriguez are upset that the MLB commissioner was not ordered by the arbitrator to testify in the hearing and Tacopina said the next phase of the case is a move to federal court regardless how Horowitz rules.

It was reported that Alex Rodriguez made an abrupt exit ad slammed a table in anger following Horowitz’s ruling and kicked a briefcase before leaving the room. He later released a statement to explain his action and blasted Selig and Horowitz. A-Rod said he is disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails and added he had sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. He also remarked 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 him. Alex Rodriguez went on to add that the absurdity and injustice just became too much and he walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.

In a statement replying to Alex’s statement, the MLB said Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process for more than 40 years to address disputes between the two parties. It was added that this negotiated process has served players and clubs well and despite Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel’s rulings today, Major League Baseball remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute.

In another development, Alex Rodriguez made an unscheduled radio appearance on WFAN radio and denied to host Mike Francesa that he ever used performance enhancing drugs.

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Tuesday 06, Aug 2013

  Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through 2014

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Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through 2014

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will be suspended through the 2014 season after he was found involved in baseball’s latest scandal of performance enhancing drugs. However, Rodriguez will be allowed to play as he pursues an appeal of the decision.

Rodriguez, who has missed this entire season after a hip surgery, is scheduled to make his 2013 debut with the Yankees scheduled to play the White Sox. His rehabilitation efforts have been shrouded by the investigation of Major League Baseball into Biogenesis, a now-defunct South Florida anti-aging clinic. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said he is keen to play Rodriguez.

Major League Baseball is all set to suspend as many as a dozen players, including outfielder Nelson Cruz of Texas and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta, whose names figured in documents obtained from Biogenesis and its owner, Tony Bosch. The suspensions are expected to be of 50 games each, the number agreed upon for first-time offenders in the collective bargaining agreement between baseball and the players’ union.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez is a three-time MVP and 14-time all-star. The American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Alex Rodriguez is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and the youngest to hit 600, besting the record of Babe Ruth by over a year. On September 24, 2010, A-Rod hit two home runs to surpass the mark of Sammy Sosa — 609 home runs, and became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent. Rodriguez and the Yankees in December 2007 agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract that was the richest contract in baseball history (breaking his previous record of $252 million). In February 2009, the New York Yankees slugger admitted to using steroids and said he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers because of “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform.

In 1993, Alex Rodriguez was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners and made his major league debut as the starting shortstop on July 8, 1994, in Boston at 18 years, 11 months, and 11 days of age. In 1996, Alex Rodriguez was selected by both Sporting News and Associated Press as the Major League Player of the Year, and came close to becoming the youngest MVP (Most Valuable Player) in baseball history, finishing second to Juan González. A-Rod, in 1998 season, was selected as Players Choice AL Player of the Year, won his 2nd Silver Slugger Award and finished in the top 10 in the MVP voting. In his final season with Seattle in 2000, Rodriguez was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America and finished 3rd in the BBWAA AL MVP voting. He was associated by Sports Illustrated on February 7, 2009 of testing positive for anabolic steroids, testosterone and Primobolan, in 2003. Two days after the allegations, the baseball slugger admitted to steroid use from 2001 until 2003, claiming that he ceased using such substances after spring training that year.

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Thursday 26, Jul 2012

  Alex Rodriguez Breaks Hand In Yankees Loss

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Alex Rodriguez Breaks Hand In Yankees Loss – cliff notes

Alex Rodriguez, popularly known as @A-Rod, may not be able to play any more this season after fracturing his left hand.

Rodriguez was hit by an 88 mph change-up from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning and went down immediately in considerable pain.  According to a statement by his team Yankees, Alex Rodriguez has a non-displaced fracture of the left hand. The team also remarked that there is no time defined for his return and A-Rod would be placed on the disabled list.

”You hate to see a guy go down on something freak like that,” Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira said. ”I had a weird feeling it wasn’t good.”

The injured baseball player joins the Yankees’ list of injured players along with Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda, and Brett Gardner.

An American professional baseball third baseman with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975 and previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.

He is considered by many as one of the best players of baseball and is credited with the distinction of being the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, the youngest to hit 600, and having fourteen 100-RBI seasons in his career. In 2010, A-Rod became the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent when he hit two home runs to surpass the mark of Sammy Sosa (609 HRs).

He was first implicated for steroid use in Jose Canseco’s book, Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball. Canseco claimed to have introduced A-Rod to a trainer who was a steroid expert and supplier.

On February 7, 2009 it was reported by Sports Illustrated that the baseball player tested positive in 2003 for anabolic steroids, testosterone, and Primobolan. His name even appeared on a government-sealed list of 104 major-league players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. On February 9, 2009, Alex Rodriguez admitted to making use of anabolic steroids while saying that he used them from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers because of what he called “an enormous amount of pressure” to perform.

In 1993, he was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners and signed by Roger Jongewaard right out of high school. A-Rod was selected by both Sporting News and Associated Press as the Major League Player of the Year in 1996 and was just close to becoming the youngest MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the history of baseball but fell short to Juan González in one of the most controversial MVP elections. In the year 2000, the baseball player was selected as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America and finished 3rd in the BBWAA AL MVP voting.

In 2001-02, his 109 home runs were the most ever by an American League right-handed batter in consecutive season. During his last season with Texas (in 2003), he led the American League in home runs, runs scored, and slugging percentage to win his second consecutive Gold Glove Award. His career was on an all-time high when led the American League with 52 HR, 133 runs scored, and 393 total base in the 2001-02 season. In 2002, Rodriguez had a major league-best 57 HR, 142 RBIs and 389 total bases to become the first player ever to lead the majors in all three categories since 1984.

 

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Thursday 27, Jan 2011

  Shortstop Derek Jeter reaches $67m deal with Yankees

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Shortstop Derek Jeter reaches $67m deal with YankeesThe New York Yankees and Shortstop Derek Jeter reportedly reached a preliminary agreement recently on a US$51 million ($67 million), three-year contract with an US$8 million player option for 2014.

There was little doubt that the Yankees captain would remain in New York while negotiations moved slowly.

The guaranteed portion of the contract offered to Jeter includes a US$3 million buyout if the option is declined. If it is exercised, he would earn US$56 million over four seasons.

Friday 10, Dec 2010

  Alex Rodriguez still has plans after the 600th

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Alex Rodriguez still has plans after the 600thThe seventh and youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 career home runs, Alex Rodriguez, is still under a lot of pressure to prove critics wrong who often find it amusing to link A-Rod with anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

It is believed by some that the 600th home run may just not be enough for A-Rod to gain an easy entry into the Hall of Fame once he becomes eligible five years after retirement.

People still doubt me and my performance because of what happened in the past, Rodriguez told Suzyn Waldman of WCBS Radio.

Thursday 28, Oct 2010

  Yankees captain evades question on Rodriguez

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Yankees captain evades question on RodriguezDerek Jeter, the New York Yankees captain, is avoiding questions about A-Rod until the start of spring training.

Jeter did not answer questions concerning his high-profile teammate a day after Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs over a period of three years ending in 2003.

The Yankees offered their support for A-Rod in a statement by saying that they respect his decision of taking accountability for his actions.

Tuesday 19, Oct 2010

  Embattled Rodriguez admits to injecting steroids

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Embattled Rodriguez admits to injecting steroidsAlex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees third baseman, admitted recently that a cousin injected him with a substance known as Boli during his three seasons from 2001-2003 with the Texan Rangers.

Rodriguez said Boli is available over the counter in the Dominican Republic while addressing the media for the first time since admitting his use of a performance enhancing drug.

A-Rod told that his cousin told him that Boli could give him an energy boost and nothing more.

Tuesday 19, Oct 2010

  Texas Rangers owner feels betrayed by A-Rod

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Texas Rangers owner feels betrayed by A-RodTom Hicks, the owner of Texan Rangers, insists that he feel “betrayed” by the use of performance enhancing drugs by Alex Rodriguez.

In an exclusive interview conducted with ESPN, Rodriguez acknowledged making use of performance enhancing drugs when he was a member of the Rangers from 2001-03.

The Rangers owner also quashed the notion that A-Rod felt pressured to live up to the contract by saying that he is used to and performed under pressure.

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