New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez strikes out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto on August 26, 2013. (REUTERS: Mark Blinch)
Alex Rodriguez’s arbitration hearing continued Thursday without him and his lawyers signaled their lack of faith in the proceedings by vowing to “release all of the evidence” on Friday and preparing to take the case into federal court.
Lawyers for both sides prepared to wrap up their cases and send the New York Yankees third baseman’s fate for next season and beyond into the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
Rodriguez stormed out of the hearing Wednesday and his lawyer said they would no longer participate unless Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig agrees to testify.
A-Rod, who is appealing his 211-game drug suspension, kept his word and was a no-show at MLB’s Park Avenue offices for the start of Thursday’s proceedings.
“We’re not going to participate in a process that’s obviously a fait accompli and not a fair process. We are absolutely shutting down at this point,” lead attorney Joe Tacopina said when he arrived.
Rodriguez’s attorneys are still upset that Selig wasn’t ordered by Horowtiz to testify in the hearing. Tacopina said the next phase of the case is a move to federal court regardless how Horowitz rules.
“If Mr. Selig shows up, Alex will be here, ready to testify,” Tacopina said. “We’ll go up there, see what else has to happen. There’ll be a session.”
Rodriguez appeared on WFAN radio on Wednesday and denied to host Mike Francesa that he had ever used performance-enhancing drugs.
A-Rod’s attorneys signaled their lack of confidence in the proceedings.
“We’re going to open up everything,” said Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez. “We’re going to show everything we have to the press so they can show it to the American public.”