In today's installment of "As the Arbitration Hearing Turns," Alex Rodriguez walked out of the hearing after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order commissioner Bud Selig in to testify. Here is A-Rod's statement in full:
“I am disgusted with this abusive process designed to ensure that the player fails. I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”
Most people will call Alex a prima donna and say it's just an act or that he's stupid and ruining his case but he does have a point. Bud Selig is the one hellbent on making an example of Rodriguez by slapping him with an unprecedented 211-game suspension, so why doesn't the commissioner have to testify? That seems awfully fishy to me.
But, as we all know, I'm not a lawyer, I didn't go to law school and it took me two tries to pass a practice bat exam as a senior in high school so I am not familiar with the ins and outs of this sort of thing.
Here's MLB statement:
"For more than 40 years, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process to address disputes between the two parties. This negotiated process has served players and clubs well. Despite Mr. Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel's rulings today, MLB remains committed to this process."