Alex Rodriguez is facing the longest suspension in the history of Major League Baseball, but he is not going down without a fight. As one of the 20 players named in the Biogenesis investigation, A-Rod’s name stole countless headlines due to his name recognition. He is not going down without a fight. Rodriguez sued the MLB and commissioner Bud Selig over the investigation on Friday, accusing the league of paying for the aid of a witness.
On top of this, an arbitration hearing on the suspension is also scheduled. Consider the lawsuits a backup plan should the initial arbitration fall through. If the arbitrator decides to uphold Rodriguez’ suspension, these two lawsuits ensure that the MLB will have to continue their fight against him for years to come.
In the lawsuit, Rodriguez claims that the MLB broke its own rules and paid witnesses for their cooperation. The mission of these efforts by Selig and baseball in A-Rod’s mind were to “destroy the reputation and career” of Rodriguez while ensuring Selig’s “attempt to secure his legacy as the ‘savior’ of America’s pastime” remains intact.
The witness whose statements are questioned in the Rodriguez lawsuit is Tony Bosch, owner of the now defunct Biogenesis clinic in Miami. He accuses the MLB of giving $5 million to Bosch for his testimony. Rodriguez also claims that an investigator paid $150,000 for “stolen documents” from the clinic.
The lawsuit does not cover whether or not A-Rod actually used the performance enhancing drugs which he was accused of taking.
Rather than naming a specific price in the lawsuit, Rodriguez states that Selig and the MLB have came in the way of his contractual relationship with the New York Yankees. This interference is set to cost him tens of millions of dollars. This sum comes from lost salary and sponsorships. He sites Nike and Toyota as potential sponsors who pulled out of a deal in the wake of the investigation.
The 38 year old Rodriguez faces an uphill battle in overturning the 211 game suspension many believe to be career ending. He will continue to fight, and play as long as the appeal process allows given the amount of money he stands to lose as a result of being away from the field.
This saga figures to continue far into the future.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express