After being given a reduced lawsuit of 162 games plus possible postseason games, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez decided to sue Major League Baseball, Bud Selig and the Players Association. However, on Friday he smartly dropped the lawsuit and will serve his one-season suspension, according to USA Today.
The MLBPA is calling the move “the right thing to do.”
In the aftermath of his lawsuit, he burned bridges with both the league, his team and the players. Many peers stated that it was foolish to sue the union, which serves to protect players.
If Rodriguez continued to pursue the lawsuit, he would have had a hard time earning the respect back from the league managers and players, including his own teammates. Now, A-Rod can sit out a year, find ways to legally strengthen himself and kick butt during the 2015 MLB season.
His year off will allow for time of reflection and change. A-Rod can reflect on what he did wrong and how not to do it again. Likewise, he can spend the time apologizing to those in baseball for tying to give MLB and MLBPA a bad name for justly suspending him. Lastly, A-Rod will not want to repeat his past mistakes during a year of not being able to play for the Yankees and professional baseball.
Overall, Rodriguez realized the effects of pursuing a lawsuit against the player union. His relationship with any player and the union would have ceased to exist. However, A-Rod wanted to remain friendly with most of his friends and not face fastballs chin high as he takes the field in 2015.
2014 will undoubtedly be a rough year for A-Rod without baseball, however, 2015 will look bright if he spends the time mending broken relationships during his year long suspension.
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