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    Alex Rodriguez will sue MLB and Players Association

    Alex Rodriguez will sue MLB and Players Association in effort to overturn 162-game suspension

    Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its Players Association in U.S. District Court in Manhattan Monday in an effort to overturn the 162-game suspension issued by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz Saturday, according to court filings.

    Rodriguez's camp has promised for months that it would come after MLB and the union if it did not get a satisfactory result in the arbitration hearing challenging baseball commissioner Bud Selig's 211-game ban issued on Aug. 5. Horowitz reduced the suspension to 162 games plus postseason games, still the longest suspension in the history of the drug program, provoking outrage in Rodriguez's camp.

    The lawsuit claims that the arbitrator showed partiality and that the Players Association violated its duty of fair representation to A-Rod. Rodriguez's lawyers have repeatedly said the MLB and Selig were unfairly prosecuting the player who was once the game's best.

    A-Rod's lawyers had said they would file the complaint sometime Monday, following U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley's ruling earlier that Rodriguez could not file portions of Horowitz's ruling under seal as part of the complaint challenging Horowitz's decision.

    Pauley III told Rodriguez's lawyers that their request to file a redacted version of the complaint based on confidentiality issues arising from Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement would not fly. Rodriguez seeking to overturn the unprecedented 162-game suspension issued Saturday by Horowitz, who submitted his written report to Major League Baseball and Rodriguez and the Players Association.

    Horowitz's report is believed to contain seriously damaging evidence presented in the arbitration that shows Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs over several years in violation of the game's CBA.

    The hastily called meeting with Pauley followed a "60 Minutes" report Sunday night in which the chief witness against Rodriguez, Anthony Bosch, told correspondent Scott Pelley of massive drug use by the Yankee third baseman. Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB COO Rob Manfred also appeared on the report, as did Rodriguez lawyer Joe Tacopina.

    "Given the intense public interest in commissioner's Selig's disclosures last night it's difficult to imagine any portion should be under seal," Pauley said in reference to Selig's brief discussed why he issued a 211-game ban.

    Pauley cited First Amendment considerations in ruling that A-Rod would have to file an unredacted version of a complaint to overturn the arbitration award, making the filing public. "There's no evidence here of any bad faith,'' he said.

    Howard Ganz of Proskauer, representing MLB, said the league was not seeking to seal any parts of the written decision, which has not been made public.

    The brief court proceeding was scheduled so hastily that another of Rodriguez's lawyers, Joe Tacopino, and Players Association counsell David Prouty, participated by telephone. Prouty told the judge the union wanted to redact any portions of the arbitrator's ruling that touched on subjects required to remain confidential under baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

    "The players' association believes those matters should stay confidential," he said.

    Rodriguez attorneys Jordan Siev and Jim McCarroll of the Reed Smith law firm said Rodriguez will file a complaint sometime Monday that is separate from the existing lawsuit Rodriguez has already filed against MLB and commissioner Bud Selig.

    "We're perfectly content to file the complaint unredacted,'' Siev said.

    The complaint, Siev told reporters, will seek to overturn the arbitration award and the historic suspension. "It's an attack on the arbitration," he said.

    The filing follows the "60 Minutes" report Sunday night in which Rodriguez's chief accuser, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, described years of performance-enhancing drug use by Rodriguez, including injections, blood draws in the bathroom of a Miami club, testosterone-laced "gummies" ingested by Rodriguez in the dugout and complicated arrays of steroids, human growth hormone, insulin and supplements.

    Bosch also revealed that he occasionally had to inject Rodriguez with the drugs himself, and told correspondent Scott Pelley that he received $12,000 per month in cash to keep Rodriguez on performance-enhancing drugs.

    He said he feared for his life when it became clear to Rodriguez that he might talk about the player's drug use.

    One veteran labor lawyer who spoke to the Daily News Monday said making the arbitrator's ruling public would represent "a big loss for (Rodriguez). Now the decision will be public, which will lead to more specifics and less chance of manipulating the facts."

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    Daniel Barbarisi ‏@DanBarbarisi2m
    Arbitrator Horwitz' decision seems to indicate 162-game ban was split -- 150 for use of 50 for use of 3 different PED's, 12 for obstructing


    Brian Costa ‏@BrianCostaWSJ5m
    Fred Horowitz writes in his ruling: "While this length of suspension may be unprecedented ... so is the misconduct he committed.


    Brian Costa ‏@BrianCostaWSJ3m
    More Horowitz: "The record here establishes that Rodriguez used or possessed three separate PES on multiple occasions over ... three years."


    Brian Costa ‏@BrianCostaWSJ2m
    So Horowitz saw multiple years of PED use as multiple offenses, hence why it was much more than a 50-gamer.

    Brian Costa ‏@BrianCostaWSJ6m
    With regard to the obstruction charge against A-Rod, Horowitz writes that the evidence "supports a minimum of two such violations."

    Brian Costa ‏@BrianCostaWSJ5m
    Horowitz: "The claim by Rodriguez that science exonerates him in this case is not supported by any evidence in this record

    Brian Costa ‏@BrianCostaWSJ4m
    Horowitz writes that Bosch's testimony was "direct, credible and squarely corroborated by excerpts" from notebooks.


    Brian Costa ‏@BrianCostaWSJ2m
    According to Horowitz's ruling, the middle man between Bosch and A-Rod was none other than...cousin Yuri Sucart.

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    I mean if it's three separate occasions it should be a lifetime ban under the CBA rules.

    1st- 50
    2nd- 100
    3rd- lifetime

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCSownsU View Post
    I mean if it's three separate occasions it should be a lifetime ban under the CBA rules.

    1st- 50
    2nd- 100
    3rd- lifetime
    Yes, ban him for life.

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    just when you think someone cant sink any lower, he finds a way, he is scum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankees 1903 View Post
    Yes, ban him for life.
    I wouldn't mind. He's a cancer. But he's also the best third baseman we have although he really hasn't been productive since 2010.

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    Gabe Feldman ‏@SportsLawGuy 8m
    According to arb opinion, MLB and MLBPA agreed that commish wasn't bound by 50-100-life scale b/c this was continued use of multiple drugs

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    at this point i would find it very hard to believe any team would give him a chance to play

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    Quote Originally Posted by infernoscurse View Post
    at this point i would find it very hard to believe any team would give him a chance to play
    Newark Bears, Hello!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYYKMaster View Post
    Newark Bears, Hello!
    I think the Long Island Ducks were the ones who actually made him an offer.

    Maybe the Bears and Ducks will get into a bidding war though. The bidding could even get into the 5 digits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theslick1 View Post
    I think the Long Island Ducks were the ones who actually made him an offer.

    Maybe the Bears and Ducks will get into a bidding war though. The bidding could even get into the 5 digits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theslick1 View Post
    I think the Long Island Ducks were the ones who actually made him an offer.

    Maybe the Bears and Ducks will get into a bidding war though. The bidding could even get into the 5 digits.
    I live 5 minutes from ducks stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCSownsU View Post
    I live 5 minutes from ducks stadium.
    Guess you get to see A-rod this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYYKMaster View Post
    Guess you get to see A-rod this season.
    11 bucks for field seats. First row even. Nice ballpark ****** team.

    Oh it's annoying when they give out the duck call toys to the kids and everyone. All u hear is stupid quacking.

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    I wish he would just go away. Far away and never come back even to visit. His crap is so played out I want to barf just looking at him. Freakin clown.
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