A-Rod angrily walks out of his appeal hearing with MLB, calls it a ‘farce’

Mike Oz
November 20, 2013

Alex Rodriguez has something in common with the rest of us. He's had enough of the hearing that will decide whether his 211-game suspension for PED use will be upheld.

A-Rod angrily walked out of the hearing on Tuesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled MLB Commissioner Bud Selig didn't have to testify. Afterward, A-Rod once again assumed the victim role, saying he "will not participate any further in this farce." Farce being a wonderful word choice from a fellow whose detractors call him "A-Fraud."

The Associated Press explains more of what happened:

Horowitz was in the midst of the 12th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn the 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by Major League Baseball last summer for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract.

A person familiar with the session said that after Horowitz made his ruling, the New York Yankees third baseman slammed a table, uttered a profanity at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and left. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because what takes place at the hearing is supposed to be confidential.

In A-Rod's defense, he could just want this thing to be over already too. It began Sept. 30 (before the MLB postseason) and was supposed to last five days. There have been two breaks already, including a month-long break that ended Monday.

During the hearing, we've already seen reports of A-Rod's lawyer nearly getting into a fight with MLB star witness Tony Bosch, the owner of the Biogenesis clinic from which A-Rod allegedly procured PEDs. So, typical A-Rod pageantry.

According to the Associated Press, A-Rod's legal team will continue with the hearing. He hasn't testified yet and it's unclear whether he will. After leaving Tuesday's session, A-Rod and his camp released a statement that read:

"I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails," Rodriguez said in a statement. "I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process.

"This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players' association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."

From the beginning, A-Rod's camp has been trying to portray him as the victim of an out-for-vengeance commissioner's office that will do anything to wash MLB's hands of A-Rod. So maybe this outburst is an engineered part of that narrative? A can't-take-it-anymore A-Rod who has been abused by The Man time and time again?

Or maybe A-Rod just finally cracked.

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Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!