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Saturday 30, Apr 2016

  Dee Gordon Suspended 80 Games For Doping

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Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion, has been suspended for 80 games early Friday after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced the suspension that Gordon had tested positive for Exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol.

MLB made the announcement after the Marlins’ victory in Los Angeles. The suspension was the second in second in eight days for a player coming off the best season of his career. Chris Colabello, an undrafted former independent leaguer who hit .321 for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, was also handed suspension for 80 games. Colabello was informed by MLB that he had tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone but was not suspended until April 22 after his appeal was denied.

Gordon is hitting .266 and was tied for the team lead in runs scored, with 13, and led the Marlins in steals, with six despite a low .289 on-base percentage. Gordon hit .333 — 61 points above his career average as a Dodger — last season. He led the league in stolen bases and hits while winning a Gold Glove. Gordon rewarded him with a five-year, $50 million contract in January though he was to make only $3 million this season. Gordon issued a statement through the Players’ Association where denied using banned drugs on purpose. The statement said he did not so knowingly and he has informed that test results showed he ingested something that contained prohibited substances.

In the statement, Gordon added the hardest part about this is feeling that he has let down his teammates, the organization, and the fans. The American professional baseball second baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball added he should have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20-plus tests that he had taken and passed throughout his career prove this. Gordon, who previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he made a mistake and will accept the consequences.

Gordon was praised by Marlins’ owner, Jeffrey Loria when Gordon’s contract was announced in January. In a statement then, Loria said it is truly incredible and historic what he did in his first season with our ball club. Miami’s team president, David Samson, said the Marlins would welcome Gordon back and added the Marlins completely support the Major League Baseball drug prevention program in every way. Samson remarked the Marlins were informed on Thursday of the positive test and added it is a huge disappointment and a huge loss for our team as we love Dee Gordon, but we do not like what he did.

Marlins Manager Don Mattingly remarked he was shocked and surprised at the positive test of Gordon and said the bad news deflated a team that should have been celebrating its sweep. Mattingly remarked you as a team would expect our guys to be in there all excited and then we get this news and that’s not quite the feeling. The Marlins Manager said we will support Dee and said Gordon is like one of his kids and we are going to move forward.

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Monday 07, Mar 2016

  Mejia Claims Conspiracy By MLB Over His Doping Ban

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New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy after he was issued a lifetime doping ban by Major League Baseball.

The 26-year-old Dominican right-hander told the New York Times that MLB officials were out to get him in a witch hunt. Mejia also blamed officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPS) for not finding grounds to appeal his punishment.

Mejia tested positive for Boldenone last month that was his third positive test for a banned performance enhancing substance in less than a year after which he was banned for life. Mejia claimed he was only guilty of the first violation and added the second positive test was not accurate and he was pressurized by MLB officials to share information about his doping connections. The Mets pitcher said he felt there was a conspiracy against him and also remarked he feels that they were trying to find something to bring me down in his career. Mejia, who was named the Mets’ closer in May 2014, said they will find a way to find a third positive if he appealed the results of the second test.

The Dominican professional baseball pitcher who played for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2015 season after he tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug. In July 2015, he received his second suspension after a second failed test for Stanozolol and Boldenone and a third positive was reported on February 12, 2016, resulting in his permanent suspension from Major League Baseball. The lifetime ban imposed on Mejia also prohibits him from playing Professional baseball leagues in other countries, including Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. However, Mejia could apply for reinstatement in one year to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred but he is then expected to sit out a minimum of two seasons before he could be reinstated to pitch in Major League Baseball.

The claim of Mejia was denied by Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball. Courtney remarked no one at MLB or representing MLB has met with Mejia regarding any of these drug violations.

Born in Dominican Republic, Mejia developed an interest in baseball after he realized that large signing bonuses were paid to players. His skills got the attention of many teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and he signed with the Mets for $16,500 at the age of 17 in 2007. Jenrry Mejia was named the 48th best prospect in the major leagues in the MLB.com Midseason Top 50 Prospect list after his success in the 2009 season. The Mets assigned him after the 2009 season to the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League and Mejia was ranked as the 56th best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America in February 2010. Mejia made major league debut on April 7, 2010 and presently remains under control of the New York Mets until the end of his current contract.

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Sunday 14, Feb 2016

  Mets Pitcher Mejia Gets Record Life Doping Ban

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On Friday, Major League Baseball announced a permanent ban on New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone. The lifetime suspension is the longest drug-related ban ever issued by Major League Baseball.

The right-handed pitcher is the first player to be banned for life from the MLB for failing three performance-enhancing drug tests. Under the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a third violation for performance-enhancing drugs results in a permanent suspension. However, the program also says that a player so suspended may apply, no earlier than one year following the imposition of the suspension, to the Commissioner for discretionary reinstatement after a minimum period of two years. A spokesman for the agents of Mejia remarked the New York Mets reliever had no comments and it is still is still not clear whether the 26-year-old Mejia would apply for reinstatement in the future.

Mejia was banned for 50 games in April 2015 after he tested positive for Stanozolol. Mejia returned in July 2015 after serving the suspension but played in merely seven games before he tested positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. The Mets reliever was then banned for 162 games that would have carried over into the 2016 season.

In a statement, New York Mets said we were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The team added we fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport and also commented that as per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.

Mejia has a 3.68 career ERA in 18 starts and 95 relief appearances. He was signed by the Mets in 2007 and reached the major leagues in 2010. He went 9-14 with a 3.68 earned-run average in 113 major league appearances, all for the Mets from 2010-2015. Last year, Mejia was the Mets closing relief pitcher on opening day but his injury meant Jeurys Familia took over that role and helped the Mets win the National League title before losing to Kansas City in last year’s World Series. The Dominican professional baseball pitcher as a relief pitcher made the Mets 2010 opening day roster that made him the youngest Met to make an opening day roster since Dwight Gooden.Mejia made his major league debut on April 7, 2010.

It was reported by NPR’s Tom Goldman that many say baseball is in a post-steroids era, but Mejia, from the Dominican Republic, is one of a number of Latin American players, mostly minor leaguers, who’ve tested positive for banned drugs in recent years.

Mejia became the first person to be banned for life due to use of performance enhancing drugs, and one of only two living people to be permanently banned, the other being Pete Rose who was accused of gambling on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that Pete bet on his own team. This was after ESPN concluded an investigation on June 22, 2015 and determined that Pete Rose bet on baseball while still a player, from 1984 to 1986.

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Saturday 21, Mar 2015

  Yuri Sucart Expected To Plead Guilty

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Yuri Sucart Expected To Plead Guilty

Yuri Sucart, a cousin of Alex Rodriguez, is expected to plead guilty on charges of distributing performance enhancing drugs, according to records filed in Miami federal court.

In August 2014, Sucart was arrested along with six others, including Anthony Bosch, owner of the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Florida that was at the center of a doping controversy that engulfed some of the most prominent stars of Major League Baseball. Court records also show that Bosch had been expected to testify against Yuri Sucart if the case had gone to trial. In February, Bosch was sentenced four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute testosterone.

Yuri Sucart procured performance-enhancing drugs for Alex and knows about his romances with many women, his zany legal strategies, and his drug use. Sucart is scheduled to face trial on April 6 in federal court on charges of conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone. Alex Rodriguez is expected to be called as a witness.

Yuri will become the eighth and final defendant (to plead guilty) who is associated with the notorious Biogenesis anti-aging clinic that provided performance enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and other professional baseball players. In recent months, Yuri has been repeatedly hospitalized with blood clots and other ailments and a heart condition. Prosecutors will ask U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga to sentence Sucart to eight months in prison while Sucart’s lawyer, Ed O’Donnell, will seek four months of house arrest for Yuri, citing poor health in recent months.

Sucart remains the only defendant not to have pleaded guilty but it is widely believed that he may change his not-guilty plea during a court hearing in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Yuri Sucart is charged with conspiring to distribute Testosterone and five counts of distributing testosterone, which are punishable by a total of 20 years in prison. According to court records, the lawyers of Sucart have threatened to disclose that Sucart was the “steroid mule” of Alex Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Yuri Sucart’s wife, Carmen Sucart, has remarked the secrets of Rodriguez will be exposed in court. Previously, Carmen had disclosed that Alex Rodriguez came to their home in the spring of 2012 and asked them to sign a confidentiality agreement in exchange for $50,000 and an apartment. Carmen added that they declined the deal and Rodriguez peed on the wall. Carmen also reiterated her disdain for the baseball star and questioned her motives after A-Rod apologized for his disastrous effort to escape a season-long doping ban. Carmen said the letter to the fans is a lie and added the reckless campaign of Rodriguez and his denials, legal warfare, and finger-pointing had wrought destruction upon her family. She vowed that truth will prevail if the attorney of his husband gets to cross-examine Alex before a jury and audience at the Miami courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga.

Recently, Rodriguez, known as “A-Rod,” made a return to the field for the New York Yankees for spring training in Tampa after he was suspended by the MBL for the entire 2014 season over the Biogenesis doping scandal.

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Thursday 13, Nov 2014

  A-Rod Confessed To Making Payments For Testosterone-Filled Syringes And Creams

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A rod confessed to making payments for testosterone-filled syringes and creams

The Miami Herald has reported that Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents. The newspaper revealed the New York Yankees superstar made this disclosure during investigations in the context of a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball’s doping scandal.

Rodriguez, who was given immunity, also revealed that Anthony Bosch, owner of the clinic, told him to use mid-stream urine to beat an MLB urine test for PEDs. The Herald report also disclosed that Rodriguez admitted to using the drugs from 2010 to 2012.

Joseph Tacopina, the New York-based attorney of Rodriguez, said he would not comment on the report. Tacopina remarked Grand jury secrecy law, which appears to have been violated, prevents me from answering one way or the other.

The Herald reported, citing a 15-page summary of the meeting between Rodriguez and federal agents, the baseball star admitted to buying and using hormone-filled syringes and creams from the clinic. The 39-year-old was banned by Major League Baseball for violating the MLB’s anti-doping program. According to the report, A-Rod injected human growth hormone into his stomach and even described how Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct clinic, gave him tips on evading doping tests of MLB.

A few weeks ago, Bosch pled guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

It is believed Rodriguez told federal agents that he first met Bosch in the 2010 summer when he was trying to lose weight and was struggling with a knee injury. The paper said A-Rod confessed to using various testosterone-laced products, including lozenges known as “gummies.” The Herald gained access to documents as criminal charges were pursued by prosecutors against Bosch and six others tied to the scandal, including Rodriguez’s cousin Yuri Sucart.

Prosecutors disclosed that Rodriguez gave a total of $900,000 in late 2013 to Sucart after the lawyers of Sucart threatened the baseball star, according to court records. It was Sucart who introduced Rodriguez to Bosch, the Herald reported. Documents recently unsealed in the federal criminal case against Yuri Sucart revealed that Rodriguez paid about $1 million, plus other benefits, as part of a settlement agreement to Sucart, his cousin and former personal assistant. The cousin of Rodriguez is facing charges that he conspired to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone.

The Yankees recently reinstated Rodriguez and could move him from third base to first base in the coming season.

The professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball is not new to controversies. Recently, Yuri Sucart’s wife accused him the 39-year-old slugger pissed on the floor when they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2012. Rodriguez had offered to pay the Sucart family to keep them silent about his drug use and extramarital womanizing. Carmen said Alex is so poor and the only thing he has is money and added he sleeps with his money and he will die with his money. She went on to remark that Alex was so arrogant and he came into my house like he thought he was a god.

Wednesday 24, Sep 2014

  NFL May Be Stripped Of Its Tax-Exempt Status

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Several U.S. senators have proposed that the NFL should be stripped of its tax-exempt status. Last week, lawmakers introduced bills that threaten to revoke the tax exempt status of the league.

Legislation was unveiled by Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, to boost funding for domestic violence prevention programs by revoking the NFL’s tax exemption status, which is technically a non-profit organization, and nine other professional sports leagues.

A few days later, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota — all Democrats — introduced a measure for eliminating the tax protection status of the league if it continues to support the Washington team name, “Redskins.” Reid remarked it is not right that the National Football League continues to denigrate an entire population, while referring to Native Americans generally and the 27 tribes in his state. The Senate majority leader added he wish Roger Goodell and the NFL’s leadership team would take a stand. In a statement, Redskins said our position remains consistent with more than 80 percent of Americans who do not want to change the Washington Redskins name.

The bill came as the NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell are making efforts for repairing image of the league following the indefinite suspension imposed on former Ravens’ running back Ray Rice for knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in February in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The NFL is also fighting hard to control domestic or child abuse allegations against other players.

Congress has coerced sports leagues for years into action with the threat of removing tax or legal protections. Major League Baseball increased penalties more than fivefold for a first steroid offense in 2006 after being chastised and embarrassed at public hearings. The MLB also introduced a lifetime ban for a third violation.

University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias said it is so difficult to have Congress agree on anything. Tobias added threats can still be effective in moving those who are the targets to taking some action. And the NFL, like many others, does not want the adverse publicity. Sports economist Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College remarked it was not the threat of legislation that accelerated steroids reforms. Zimbalist added he does not believe the NFL will be influenced by threats to alter its tax status.

In recent weeks, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has created a new position for overseeing the social responsibility of the league. Goodell named consultants, all women, for studying domestic violence policies for the league. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who played a vital role in pushing baseball to enact stricter steroids penalties, said he is glad to see the NFL’s recent commitment to support organizations fighting domestic violence across the country. Cummings added we must continue to represent the interests of our constituents by holding the NFL’s feet to the fire on domestic violence and also remarked given the NFL’s popularity in American culture and the fact that one in four women have been victims of domestic violence, Congress can and should help ensure that the NFL appropriately addresses these incidents.

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Tuesday 08, Jul 2014

  Rodriguez Won 2007 MVP After Testosterone Exemption

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According to a new book, Major League Baseball officials allowed New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to make use of Testosterone during his 2007 MVP season.

The book, Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts revealed that Alex Rodriguez was one of two players that season who were granted therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for androgen deficiency medications. It was further revealed that exemption to A-Rod was given two days before the start of spring training. According to the book excerpt, Major League Baseball entered into evidence several exemptions that were requested by Rodriguez since he joined the Yankees. It is surely a huge surprise for many as MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred called Testosterone “the mother of all anabolics” and remarked that testosterone exemptions are very rare as some people who have been involved in this field feel that with a young male, healthy young male, the most likely cause of low testosterone requiring this type of therapy would be prior steroid abuse.

Rodriguez hit a major-league leading 54 homers with 156 RBI during the 2007 season. The baseball star was recently suspended from baseball for using banned performance enhancing drugs that he purchased from the now-defunct Biogenesis Clinic.

A-Rod also applied for two other exemptions in 2008. According to the book, A-Rod, the American professional baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, was given permission to use Clomid that is prescribed to men diagnosed with hypogonadism and may also be used to prevent the formation of excess estrogens associated with the use of harsh and aromatizable steroids. MLB however denied him permission to use Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) that is used for weight loss while also producing Testosterone.

In a statement, MLB said all decisions regarding whether a player shall receive a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) under the Joint Drug Program are made by the Independent Program Administrator (IPA) in consultation with outside medical experts, with no input by either the Office of the Commissioner or the Players Association. It was added that the process is confidentially administered by the IPA, and MLB and the MLBPA are not even made aware of which players applied for TUEs and the TUE process under the Joint Drug Program is comparable to the process under the World Anti-Doping Code.

The MLB officials also added that the standard for receiving a TUE for a medication listed as a performance-enhancing substance is stringent, with only a few such TUEs being issued each year by the IPA. It also revealed that MLB and the MLBPA annually review the TUE process to make sure it meets the most up-to-date standards for the issuance of therapeutic use exemptions. MLB officials also remarked MLB and the MLBPA have publicly issued the IPA’s annual report as recommended by the Mitchell Report since 2008 about which documents how many TUEs were granted for each category of medication and further added that we believe this high level of transparency helps to ensure the proper operation of the TUE process.

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Saturday 05, Apr 2014

  Doping Rules Toughened By MLB And MLBPA

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Doping Rules Toughened By MLB And MLBPA

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have decided it is time for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association by announcing longer suspensions for violators and other reforms.

According to the announcement, a first violation for performance enhancing substances will result in an unpaid suspension of 80 games increased from 50 games. A second violation will now carry an unpaid suspension of 162 games, which would be increased from 100 games while a third violation will still result in a permanent ban from Major League Baseball.

It was also announced that baseball players suspended for doping will also be barred from participating in the post-season of that year, irrespective of when their suspension ends. Moreover, these players will not be eligible for automatic shares of the players’ bonus pool provided to players on clubs that make the playoffs. Players who face suspensions for doping will now be subjected to six additional urine tests and three additional blood tests, all unannounced during every subsequent year of their careers.

The number of in-season random urine collections beginning the 2014 season for all players will more than double from 1,400 to 3,200. Meanwhile, blood collections for detecting the use of Human growth hormone will increase to 400 random collections per year. The Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association provided the Arbitration Panel with the ability to reduce the discipline of a player, subject to certain limitations, for the use of certain types of performance enhancing drugs if the player is able to prove at a hearing that the use was not intended to improve performance.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Major League Baseball is proud to announce some of the most significant improvements that we have made to our program in recent years. Selig added he is committed to constantly finding ways to improve the program in order to eradicate performance-enhancing drugs from the game and for MLB to serve as a model for other drug programs. Selig said baseball continues to try to escape the cloud of more than a decade of doping scandals despite having the toughest anti-doping policies in all of US pro sports.

Players’ union executive director Tony Clark said experience proves that increased penalties alone are not sufficient and added that’s why the players pushed for a dramatic increase in the frequency and sophistication of our tests, as well as comprehensive changes in a number of other areas of the program that will serve as a deterrent.

Last year, MLB imposed lengthy suspensions and fines on some of the most eminent baseball stars, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun for their involvement in Biogenesis clinic scandal. Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, was suspended for 162 games, keeping him off the field for the entire 2014 season. This was after Alex Rodriguez, considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was originally suspended for 211 games by MLB.

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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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