Alex Rodriguez Leaves Grievance Hearing Regarding PED Investigation, Rips MLB

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Alex Rodriguez Leaves Grievance Hearing Regarding PED Investigation, Rips MLB
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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's status for the 2014 MLB season remains blurry, but it became crystal clear on Wednesday that A-Rod and his representatives are none too happy about the manner in which his grievance has been handled.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Rodriguez walked out of Wednesday's hearing due to the fact that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz decided that he would not order MLB commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

Rodriguez was suspended by the league for 211 games this past season due to his alleged involvement with Biogenesis of America, a now-defunct Miami-based clinic that's been accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs, but he was able to finish the 2013 campaign because he appealed.   

Wednesday marked the 12th day of hearings for the grievance filed by the MLB Players' Association on Rodriguez's behalf, and things got heated, per Matthews' report:

Rodriguez said in a statement: "I am disgusted with this abusive process." He adds that "the absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."

In addition, Rodriguez lashed out at MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred, according to Matthews.

Matthews later clarified what was thought to be said:

If Rodriguez follows through on his threat to desist participating in the hearings, it will be interesting to see how this situation is handled.

Walking away can't help Rodriguez's case, but perhaps there is still time to reach a resolution.

Major League Baseball later released a statement on Rodriguez (via Matthews):

Matthews also provides lawyer Joe Tacopina's thoughts:

Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger has more from Tacopina:

Rodriguez also went on to Mike Francesa's radio show to comment on the day's events (via McCullough and Matthews):

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com provides a statement from body language expert Susan Constantine, who watched Rodriguez's interview on YES Network:

"The real important part in all this is that, with a high level of certainty, he was lying," said Constantine, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Body Language" and a cable news contributor. "He is covering up at least some of the things that he's being accused of."

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Rodriguez's movements and evasive responses to some questions gave away what he was really thinking, the body language expert said.

The Yankees slugger continued to single out Selig for some of his most pointed comments about the situation (via McCullough and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News):

As for why Selig isn't testifying against Rodriguez, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was able to provide insight into the decision:

On Thursday, Rodriguez's hearing resumed without the Yankees star (per Adam Blum of the Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports):

Alex Rodriguez's lawyers were back at his arbitration hearing without him Thursday, a day after he added a different kind of walk-off to go along with the 11 game-ending hits in his big league career.

While the attorneys were at Major League Baseball's office, it wasn't clear yet if it was to wrap up the hearing or to proceed with more testimony.

The New York Yankees star walked out in the middle of a session Wednesday, furious that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. The move, followed by angry statements accusing Selig of bias and the entire arbitration process of flaws, appeared to be a prelude to a lawsuit challenging whatever ruling Horowitz makes on A-Rod's 211-game suspension.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez made a difference for the Yankees down the stretch as he clubbed seven home runs and drove in 19 runs in 44 games.

His status figures to have a major impact on what the Yanks do in free agency this offseason, so it's likely that general manager Brian Cashman is hoping for some clarity one way or the other in the very near future.

A-Rod and his representatives have fought Major League Baseball tooth and nail ever since the suspension was handed down, but now that A-Rod's resolve is seemingly shaken, it's possible that Rodriguez's time as an MLB player is running out.  

 

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