Shortly after the decision was handed down from the independent arbitrator that Alex Rodriguez would be suspended for the entire 2014 season and postseason, the Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement in reaction to the decision.
Let’s just say that to call their support of A-Rod “lukewarm” might be a charitable description. Here’s the MLBPA statement:
The MLBPA strongly disagrees with the award issued today in the grievance of Alex Rodriguez, even despite the Arbitration Panel’s decision to reduce the duration of Mr. Rodriguez’s unprecedented 211-game suspension. We recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached, however, and we respect the collectively-bargained arbitration process which led to the decision. In accordance with the confidentiality provisions of the JDA, the Association will make no further comment regarding the decision.”
In other words: good luck with that, A-Rod, but leave us out of it.
In his own statement about the decision, A-Rod claimed that his suspension is part of larger sweeping efforts by Major League Baseball to “eliminate guaranteed contracts” and suspend first-time PED offenders for a full season.
Any attempts to rally the MLBPA apparently failed. Alex Rodriguez stands alone in this fight, which seems sadly appropriate.