Jeff Passan and Tim Brown
- Yahoo Sports2 mths ago
While Major League Baseball Players Association player representatives overwhelmingly agreed that Alex Rodriguez should be kicked out of the union during a 90-minute conference call the day he sued the MLBPA, union leaders said they could not legally pursue his expulsion, three sources on the call told Yahoo Sports.
On a conference call of perhaps 40 players and board members held Jan. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., outraged union members repeatedly requested that Rodriguez be expelled, sources said. Following a roll call of players present on the line, according to one participant and another familiar with the call, the first player to speak asked bluntly: Can we kick him out of the union?
Advised by union leadership that was not possible, more players nonetheless expressed the same opinion. Not a single member defended Rodriguez, one player said, in a forum where there are frequent disagreements.
"That's what everyone was thinking," the player said. "We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,] ‘This is our game and we don't want you in it.'"
- Jeff Passan and Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports8 mths ago
Major League Baseball plans on suspending New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season after his hardline stance against accepting significant discipline for his role in the Biogenesis scandal led to a stalemate Saturday evening, two sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Baseball is expected to levy suspensions Monday using both the collective-bargaining agreement, which would banish Rodriguez immediately and keep him off the field before his planned return from injury that day, as well as the joint drug agreement, sources said.
The 214-game penalty, first reported by the New York Daily News, would be the longest non-lifetime suspension in baseball history.
Rodriguez and his attorney, David Cornwell, have said they would appeal a suspension. While the commissioner's office awaited expected plea agreements from most of the players revealed in its investigation of Biogenesis, a wellness clinic that distributed performance-enhancing drugs to more than a dozen players, Rodriguez has been resistant to striking any deal.