Alex Rodriguez walked out on his own arbitration hearing Wednesday calling the process abusive and a farce. Rodriguez allegedly slammed his fist on the table, yelled at arbitrator Fredric Horowitz and walked out in swirl of emotion. What stemmed from Rodriguez’s dramatics was the revelation that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was not going to be ordered to testify at the hearing Friday, a day after Rodriguez was scheduled to testify.
Because the person that gave Rodriguez an unprecedented 211-game suspension is not going to look him in the eye and give a reason why he suspended A-Rod, he has every right to be perturbed at Selig, Major League Baseball, Horowitz, Rob Manfred and the Players’ Association. Although you can consider Rodriguez’s antics planned, he definitely won a big battle Wednesday.
Rodriguez and his attorneys went on air on both The Michael Kay Show and The Mike Francesa Show and said on record that Rodriguez never took performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis’ Anthony Bosch. His attorneys also explained that there is no “mountain” of evidence against Rodriguez. Knowing that right now, it is safe to say that Rodriguez has the upper hand.
If Rodriguez does lose the arbitration hearing it is probably going to go to federal court, in which case more evidence will be poured out into the open. Major League Baseball chose Horowitz to be the arbitrator, and to say that Selig does not have to be at the hearing could prove that the allegations against Rodriguez are indeed a farce.
The mud-slinging between the league and Rodriguez is far from over.