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A-Rod to Selig: 'You've got to come face me'

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07:25 AM ET 11.21 | Alex Rodriguez had quite a day Wednesday, going off theatrically in an arbitration meeting, then taking to a New York radio station hosted by Mike Francesa. Wearing a dark gray suit and polka-dot tie on the YES simulcast, Rodriguez described himself as persecuted by Major League Baseball. ... "Today I lost my mind," Rodriguez said. "I banged a table, kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room." He went on to attack the 79-year-old [Bud Selig], who lives in Milwaukee and whose office is there. "I know you don't like New York, but you've got to come face me," Rodriguez said of the commissioner. "This is my legacy. I'm part of history. You tell me why I should serve one inning. 'Cause you're retiring next year? That's not fair, Mike." ... "This has been a disgusting process for everyone," said Rodriguez.

New York Daily News

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November 21, 2013  07:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ban both parties.

Works for me...

November 21, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Please, please please, would someone just end this farce??

He talked about being part of history and needing to protect his legacy. Really!? What planet is he living on?

Nothing to protect here, move on!

November 21, 2013  08:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Please, please please, would someone just end this farce?? He talked about being part of history and needing to protect his legacy. Really!? What planet is he living on?Nothing to protect here, move on!

Well said.

November 21, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ban both parties.

+10

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November 21, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It is pathetic that this story overshadows the big trade yesterday.

Kind of amazing isn't it, considering the size of Prince's shadow.

November 21, 2013  08:39 AM ET

It is a given that Arod has a likeability factor of Zero, but he is right regardless. For the person who decides the penalty not to explain and answer questions in person on how he arrived at his decision is ludicrous. Perhaps he is more concerned about the charge of buying evidence he may have known, or reasonably should have known, was stolen that was for a State and Federal investigation. That is a felony.

November 21, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Anyone notice that he had his "moment" and stormed out of the hearing right before he'd have to testify under oath? He can lie right up to that point without any ramifications, but after that, it's a legal statement.

Then he leaves.

Seems really convenient.

Anyway, Selig does not have to testify, MLB has to prove their case and used the person to best prove their case.

November 21, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Anyone notice that he had his "moment" and stormed out of the hearing right before he'd have to testify under oath? He can lie right up to that point without any ramifications, but after that, it's a legal statement.Then he leaves.Seems really convenient. Anyway, Selig does not have to testify, MLB has to prove their case and used the person to best prove their case.

OK, and then I assume Arod does not have to testify and will use the person to best prove his case. cuts both ways , it is all right or it is all wrong. Can't have it both ways. I say all wrong.

November 21, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Anyone notice that he had his "moment" and stormed out of the hearing right before he'd have to testify under oath? He can lie right up to that point without any ramifications, but after that, it's a legal statement.Then he leaves.Seems really convenient. Anyway, Selig does not have to testify, MLB has to prove their case and used the person to best prove their case.

And a well written release came out immediately.




A-Fraud. The whole thing was staged.

November 21, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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And a well written release came out immediately. A-Fraud. The whole thing was staged.

It was completely staged and no one is buying it.

November 21, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It is a given that Arod has a likeability factor of Zero, but he is right regardless. For the person who decides the penalty not to explain and answer questions in person on how he arrived at his decision is ludicrous. Perhaps he is more concerned about the charge of buying evidence he may have known, or reasonably should have known, was stolen that was for a State and Federal investigation. That is a felony.

Let me play devil's advocate. 1. Fair or not, the players gave Bud this power to make decisions when they agreed to the CBA; this is on the players, not the process. And it's not like the MLB union lacks power in the way the NFL union does; 2. The arbitration process has historically helped players by eliminating suspensions (Braun) or reducing them routinely; for A-Rod to call this a "farce" is completely disingenuous; 3. The arbitrator is the final decision maker here, not Selig. I imagine the decision he hands down will include the rationale for what the punishment ultimately is; until the decision comes down, it is premature to judge the process.

It's an extremely clever PR move by A-Rod and his legal team to make this all about Bud Selig but that is really beside the point and it skirts the underlying problem.

November 21, 2013  09:07 AM ET

I'm almost surprised that the YES Network gave him an outlet to spew. Francesa wimped out and just let A-Rod go.

"Bud Selig hates New York".

"I love New York".

Nauseating.

A-Rod saying he's part of history is amazing. This guy just doesn't get it. And the interviewer doesn't really question him.

November 21, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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Let me play devil's advocate. 1. Fair or not, the players gave Bud this power to make decisions when they agreed to the CBA; this is on the players, not the process. And it's not like the MLB union lacks power in the way the NFL union does; 2. The arbitration process has historically helped players by eliminating suspensions (Braun) or reducing them routinely; for A-Rod to call this a "farce" is completely disingenuous; 3. The arbitrator is the final decision maker here, not Selig. I imagine the decision he hands down will include the rationale for what the punishment ultimately is; until the decision comes down, it is premature to judge the process. It's an extremely clever PR move by A-Rod and his legal team to make this all about Bud Selig but that is really beside the point and it skirts the underlying problem.

No argument from me. Most likely all positing for what comes from his side after this decision is made final.

November 21, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Yeah, ARod, it's not part of the established procedure that the commissioner has to attend every arbitration hearing. You and your lawyers are all scumbags and I would love to never see you on a ML baseball field again.
At least we have a strong hope that Selig will be gone soon, wish I could say the same about ARod.

November 21, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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I'm almost surprised that the YES Network gave him an outlet to spew. Francesa wimped out and just let A-Rod go."Bud Selig hates New York"."I love New York".Nauseating.A-Rod saying he's part of history is amazing. This guy just doesn't get it. And the interviewer doesn't really question him.

Hitler is part of history, too.
I'm sure ARod's people made sure that he would not be seriously questioned before they agreed to let him make the appearance.

November 21, 2013  09:10 AM ET

I've noticed also that A-Rod drama coincides with Red Sox success.

2004-bitchslap ball out of Arroyo's glove. WS Win.
2007-announces during WS that he is opting out of his contract. WS Win.
2013-busted (again) and part of the Bosch fiasco. WS Win.

As a Sox fan, I hope this goes into next year, and the next year, and the next year........

November 21, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Yeah, ARod, it's not part of the established procedure that the commissioner has to attend every arbitration hearing. You and your lawyers are all scumbags and I would love to never see you on a ML baseball field again.At least we have a strong hope that Selig will be gone soon, wish I could say the same about ARod.

Selig has never testified in any of these cases.

 
November 21, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I'm almost surprised that the YES Network gave him an outlet to spew. Francesa wimped out and just let A-Rod go."Bud Selig hates New York"."I love New York".Nauseating.A-Rod saying he's part of history is amazing. This guy just doesn't get it. And the interviewer doesn't really question him.

I have lost all respect for Francesa for the way he has catered to A-Rod during this process. Pathetic.

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