Major League Baseball’s key witness in its case against Alex Rodriguez said he designed and administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010.
Joseph Tacopina, one of A-Rod’s lawyers, said that Rodriguez will only testify if MLB Commissioner Bud Selig agrees to testify.
A-Rod’s lawyers should return to the arbitration on Thursday or Friday and continue until the end, with or without Selig’s testimony.
Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. He later showed up at the WFAN studios to talk to host Mike Francesa about it.
Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer, said present and former umpires likely would make the decisions on contested calls after reviewing video in New York.
Alex Rodriguez is set to appear in court Thursday for a hearing in his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its commissioner, accusing them of engaging in a witch hunt.
The New York Times has reported that the three-time American League MVP failed a drug test for stimulants back in 2006. Lanny J. Davis, one of the representatives of A-Rod’s high-powered legal team, denied the accusation.
Alex Rodriguez resumed his criticism of MLB on Thursday. Chief operating officer Rob Manfred returned fire, calling this the “latest, sad chapter” in A-Rod’s “tarnished career.”
“It is sad that Commissioner Selig once again is turning a blind eye, knowing that crimes are being committed under his regime,” Rodriguez said. “I have 100 percent faith in my legal team.”
Joe Tacopina is disputing that Major League Baseball has any evidence otherwise in its effort to suspend Alex Rodriguez 211 games for his ties to Biogenesis.
A-Rod’s lawyers wants MLB to release testimony about whether Bud Selig knew Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers.
“He should step down immediately, today, right now,” New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat said Thursday of Commissioner Bud Selig. “We shouldn’t allow him to just exit in so-called glory and retire.”
Alex Rodriguez and his band of lawyers returned to 245 Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday morning to resume his arbitration appealing his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball.
“The letter was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt,” Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina said in a statement.
A-Rod has sought the services of lawyer Joseph Tacopina in an attempt to fight back. Tacopina claims that the Yankees played Rodriguez last October without informing him that he was carrying a torn labrum.