NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hall of Famer Tom Glavine says Alex Rodriguez appears to be “grasping at straws” in his lawsuit against the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Glavine was a longtime union leader and participated in negotiations during the 1994-95 strike. He says knowing the people in the union as he does, he finds it “hard to believe” that Rodriguez is claiming they didn’t do their job when they represented him in the grievance that lowered his 211-game suspension to 162 games.
Rodriguez sued the MLBPA and Major League Baseball last week in an effort to overturn the penalty.
Glavine was in Boston on Thursday to receive the prestigious Fuchs award from the local chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The award is named for the former Boston Braves owner and given for long and meritorious service to baseball.
Several players reportedly sought to kick A-Rod out of the union during a recent conference call, only to be told it wasn’t possible.
Baseball icon Tommy Lasorda blasted Rodriguez this week during the 25th annual BAT fundraising dinner.
“What he’s done, he’s trying to ruin the game,” the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager said. “You can’t do that. He’s going to keep on trying to do something, but he’s got a suspension. He should just sit back and fill it out.”
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