Alex Rodriguez demands public hearing

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Alex Rodriguez's lawyers have requested that his grievance hearing is held in public.

The New York Yankees star was banned for 211 games after he was linked to a Florida clinic that allegedly supplied performance enhancing drugs to athletes.

Rodriguez attempted to hold a press conference on Monday to reveal a person they claimed to be a “major league baseball whistleblower,” but were subsequently blocked.

Following the block, Rodriguez's legal team requested that the rest of the hearing be made open to the public.

Following the block, Reed Smith - the law firm representing Rodriguez - called a news conference and alongside James McCarroll stated that the arbitrator Fredric Horowitz restrained them from "conducting any press conference or briefing regarding the subject matter of the hearing.”

The identity of the alleged "whistleblower" remains a mystery and it is unclear whether said whistleblower works for the MLB or one of its affiliate teams.

Rodriguez's defence has repeatedly criticised the case against their client calling it a "witch hunt" as well as accusing the MLB of intimidating witnesses and paying for information.

“We had a 100-plus page presentation prepared walking through a great deal of misconduct that did not relate directly to the substance of the arbitration,” McCarroll is quoted as saying on CBS.

The three-time American League MVP is still allowed to play until the grievance is decided following an appeal filed by the player's union.

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