According to the NY Daily News, Alex Rodriguez‘ lawyers have prepared papers to seek a court injunction over his 211 game suspension, assuming it is upheld in arbitration. After walking out of the arbitration process in late November, we’ve heard very little about the ongoing decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Rodriguez’ reaction to the process was extremely public, and although he spoke about the numerous weaknesses in the MLB’s case to suspend him for using performance enhancing drugs and obstructing the investigation, the third baseman did not appear confident in his immediate interview with Mike Francesa.
With a decision expected within the week, Rodriguez’s side has drawn up the papers to seek a court injunction against MLB’s suspension. Rodriguez’ lawyers believe that if arbitrator Horowitz upholds the 211 game suspension, that they can prove in court that the process was “unfair and biased” against Rodriguez. Although it’s been assumed that a judge wouldn’t hear this case, according to the NY Daily News article, Rodriguez’ lawyers believe that Jonathan Vilma’s battle against the NFL shows precedence of successfully challenging suspensions through the courts.
It does seem at this point, at least by the scrambling we’ve seen from Rodriguez’ side over the last month and a half, that some length of suspension will be upheld. Rodriguez’ reaction to the arbitration process on Francesa’ radio show called out numerous problems with MLB’s case but remained frustrated, to the point where it seemed his team had already given up on defending himself to Horowitz.
This case is muddled with outrageous actions and accusations from both sides, and it’s very difficult to tell what will happen in the end. In my opinion, I believe Rodriguez has played his last game in the MLB, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him collect on what remains of his contract, either in the form of a buyout from the Yankees or out of court with the MLB.