Alex Rodriguez's arbitration hearing ended Thursday without the New York Yankees third baseman testifying. According to multiple media reports, the case was closed after 12 days of testimony, leaving Rodriguez's fate for next season and beyond in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The three-time former Most Valuable Player is appealing his 211-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. Meanwhile, Rodriguez 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. 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. Rodriguez 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." Rodriguez appeared on WFAN radio on Wednesday and denied to host Mike Francesa that he 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." Rodriguez's suspension was in relation to his alleged involvement with the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida, which MLB says provided banned performance-enhancing drugs. Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun received a 65-game suspension for his dealings with Biogenesis, and 12 other players were handed 50-game suspension. None of those 13 players appealed their penalties.
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