After 8 days of prosecution on the part of Major League Baseball, the Alex Rodriguez hearing has been placed on hold for the foreseeable future. However, there is one published report that indicates that the next stage of the process could resume in the not-so-distant future.
Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York is reporting that a “source with knowledge of the timetable” is indicating that the hearing will resume “sometime in November”. This is obviously fairly vague, but with previous reports leaning toward a very long process, this would be music to the ears of anyone (read: everyone) who wants this ordeal to finish up in quick fashion.
The hearing was put on break after MLB rested their case, meaning that Rodriguez’s attorneys will pick up the baton when the hearing resumes. They are expected (again, according to ESPN New York) to take approximately the same amount of time as MLB did when placing their argument, and that should put this to bed before the end of the year, even after a 3-4 week hold for judicial decision making.
In baseball terms, the only real waiting game is whether the Yankees will be paying A-Rod for the upcoming season (during his 211-game suspension), and whether they’ll need to fill his spot at third base. It’s too early to fully speculate on either side of the story, but at least the Rodriguez ordeal (this part of it, at minimum) will reportedly be put to bed in short order.