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07:32 AM ET 01.13 | Over the past few years, Alex Rodriguez has run afoul of Major League Baseball's ideals, of course. But say this -- A-Rod, even in one of his patented delusional rants, correctly identified Saturday the formation of a major storm cloud and identified it in the statement he released after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz suspended him for 162 games and the entire postseason. Baseball, by the end of its current collective-bargaining agreement in 2016, will have enjoyed labor peace for 21 consecutive years. The next round of negotiations, however, already is shaping up to be quite contentious, though not for the self-serving reasons Rodriguez described. ... The players, to be sure, are more vulnerable than in the past -- and both sides know it.

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January 13, 2014  08:05 AM ET

The NFL is losing appeal as the concussion issue grows; MLB is growing in fan popularity.
A strike by MLB players at this time would be very stupid. They have guaranteed contracts and huge payrolls, what more is worth striking for?
If the players walk out the owners will probably want some give-backs before settling on a new contract.

January 13, 2014  08:12 AM ET

People have established, and dug into their positions regarding whether they believe Alex Rodriguez did or didn???t us performance enhancing drugs, however, from a legal standpoint MLB does not have the slam dunk case that the public has been lead to believe it has. It is one thing to accuse someone, but it???s another thing to prove it in court. In my opinion this recent arbitration was a stacked deck on the side of MLB and I cannot understand for the life of me why Arod???s council agreed to it without establishing some fundamental guarantees beforehand. For Rodriguez???s side not to be able to call Bud Selig, the Commissioner of the league as a witness for examination is incredible to me. What was all of this for except to further indict, prosecute, and sentence Alex Rodriguez in the court of public opinion? MLB cannot produce one failed drug test. They are basing their entire case on the word of questionable sources. They bought the so called evidence, and are paying the key witness for testimony that has every reason to say exactly what they want in order to save his own skin.

I don???t know whether Arod did this or not, but as far as I can see nothing credible has been presented by MLB that proves their allegations.

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January 13, 2014  08:18 AM ET
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Baseball is currently enjoying an era of never-before-seen prosperity. Both sides better do all they can to maintain it, because if there's a labor stoppage, you stand a chance of destroying the goodwill and youthful fan base that the game has worked hard to grow the last decade.

I'd assume that the owners are going to push hard to get concessions from the players, I'm sure they look at what NFL teams can do to their players and tear up a little bit. So many long term guaranteed contracts have been disasters in MLB that they'll probably try to change the rules to protect them from themselves.
Honestly, the players would probably be more than happy to maintain the status quo.

January 13, 2014  08:23 AM ET
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People have established, and dug into their positions regarding whether they believe Alex Rodriguez did or didn???t us performance enhancing drugs, however, from a legal standpoint MLB does not have the slam dunk case that the public has been lead to believe it has. It is one thing to accuse someone, but it???s another thing to prove it in court. In my opinion this recent arbitration was a stacked deck on the side of MLB and I cannot understand for the life of me why Arod???s council agreed to it without establishing some fundamental guarantees beforehand. For Rodriguez???s side not to be able to call Bud Selig, the Commissioner of the league as a witness for examination is incredible to me. What was all of this for except to further indict, prosecute, and sentence Alex Rodriguez in the court of public opinion? MLB cannot produce one failed drug test. They are basing their entire case on the word of questionable sources. They bought the so called evidence, and are paying the key witness for testimony that has every reason to say exactly what they want in order to save his own skin. I don???t know whether Arod did this or not, but as far as I can see nothing credible has been presented by MLB that proves their allegations.

What's up doc?
How's that bomb going?

January 13, 2014  08:35 AM ET

I just noticed something that I consider to be a key error in ARod's "statement".
"I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors..."
In an attempt to smear Bosch, they refer to his own records indicating that he was involved in despicable illegal behavior...but, in doing so, they imply that the records are accurate. Seems to not be smart given that ARod and his people are attacking the veracity of those records.

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January 13, 2014  08:39 AM ET
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Armchair lawyers are what makes this country great.

Morning Atro. This ought to be fun to watch.

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January 13, 2014  08:43 AM ET
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Morning Atro. This ought to be fun to watch.

A Rod's situation will have repercussions for years to come on the MLB labor front.

January 13, 2014  08:44 AM ET
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Armchair lawyers are what makes this country great.

Some of us are actual lawyers.

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January 13, 2014  08:55 AM ET

Just watch him try to take the entire sport down with him.

The best case scenario would be for the Commissioner to invoke the "best interests of baseball" clause and ban him for life.

He says he's trying to save his reputation??? Oh please........!!!!

January 13, 2014  09:04 AM ET
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Much like the school of law they attend makes a difference in the caliber of the barrister, so does the armchair. I think Indrid is working from a Value City model

How can they attack Bosch on the basis of his records while they also argue that Bosch's records that implicate ARod are false?

BTW, I bought my stuff at Leather Center...of course, that was 20 years ago and it now looks like half a dozen badgers went to town on it. It's a nice "distressed" look, I tell the wife...

January 13, 2014  09:04 AM ET
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Really? Whom?

brotha68

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January 13, 2014  09:07 AM ET
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How can they attack Bosch on the basis of his records while they also argue that Bosch's records that implicate ARod are false?BTW, I bought my stuff at Leather Center...of course, that was 20 years ago and it now looks like half a dozen badgers went to town on it. It's a nice "distressed" look, I tell the wife...

You know what, probably doesn't matter because it's just a press release and not a statement in court. Probably can't be used against ARod in a meaningful way.

Never mind!

<makes note to buy copy of "Law For Dummies" when I order new armchair from Amazon>

January 13, 2014  09:08 AM ET
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Why, the gentleman who named himself after our country's #1 fan and spends his morning time dicking around on websites like this, of course

I'll have to ask my lawyer to dissect this one

 
January 13, 2014  09:10 AM ET
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Just watch him try to take the entire sport down with him.The best case scenario would be for the Commissioner to invoke the "best interests of baseball" clause and ban him for life.He says he's trying to save his reputation??? Oh please........!!!!

Given that he has a reputation for being a cheating piece of crap, he's doing great.

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