New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has withdrawn his high-profile lawsuits against Major League Baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig and the players' association, thus accepting his 162 game suspension.
The notices of dismissal in the two lawsuits were filed Friday in federal court in Manhattan, but no statement or explanation has been released by Rodriguez or any of his representatives.
Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games last August for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz cut the penalty to 162 games plus the 2014 postseason following his investigation in January.
Major League Baseball has issued the following statement:
“We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire.”
Meanwhile the MLBPA official twitter account released a statement saying:
"Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit. His decision to move forward is in everyone's best interest."
It is believed that Rodriguez had very little chance of winning any of his lawsuits and that any lessening of the suspension was slim. Judges tend not to want to get involved in matters of over-ruling an arbitrators decision, preferring to steer clear.
ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson was sure of A-Rod's failure saying that: "ARod's lawsuit has "zero" chance of success."