Alex Rodriguez has today sued Major League Baseball and its players' union, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension set by an arbitrator.
Fredric Horowitz, the arbitrator in question, stated there was "clear and convincing evidence" that A-Rod three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.
As part of the lawsuit that was filed in a federal court in New York, the Yankees third baseman made public the 33-page long review of the decision Horowitz had come to. The punishment was a significantly shortened penalty, compared to the one originally set of 211 games last August by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
"While this length of suspension may be unprecedented for a MLB player, so is the misconduct he committed," Horowitz wrote in his decision Saturday.
Horowitz trimmed the penalty to 162 games, plus all postseason games in 2014.
Rodriguez in his suit claimed the Major League Baseball Players Association "completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rights" and "this inaction by MLBPA created a climate in which MLB felt free to trample" on Rodriguez's confidentiality rights.
Rodriguez asked for the court to find MLB violated its agreements with the union, that the union breached its duty to represent him and to throw out Horowitz's decision.
It is however believed the A-Rod's action won't get very far.
ESPN's legal analyst Lester Munson says that it is incredibly unlikely that the Federal Court will look to intervene. This is because, according to Munson, federal judges do not like to get involved with arbitrators decision as they do not wish to second guess the arbitrator, his thought process, and his overall decision.
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