The MLB Players’ Union Won’t Kick A-Rod Out Even Though He’s Suing Them
The Alex Rodriguez saga continues thanks to A-Rod’s insistence that he’s totally not lying and everyone else is lying and everyone that isn’t lying is being a dick to him. He’s suing the MLB as well as the MLBPA in order to get his 162-game suspension repealed, saying that the union had failed its responsibility to him.
Not surprisingly, that really pissed off members of the union, also known as pro baseball players. During a conference call with 40 players and board members, numerous “outraged” people “repeatedly” requested that A-Rod be expelled. But the union legally can’t expel A-Rod, so even though circumstances are certainly qualify as extenuating, they won’t try to do it.
From Yahoo Sports:
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.
“It’s beyond disappointment,” said a player involved in union leadership who was on the conference call. “What brought it beyond disappointment was the fact he’s suing the union. Guys understand people make bad decisions, they lie when they’re embarrassed or trying to avoid punishment. Those are human qualities. Guys understand. But what made guys incensed is he would bring a suit against the union.”
Now the union will have to use player dues to defend itself against A-Rod, whom it still counts as a member.
Final note: A-Rod’s legal team says that MLBPA chief Michael Weiner, who died of brain cancer in November, didn’t properly represent their client. And so continues another stunningly distasteful chapter in a saga full of unseemly and disrespectful dealings between A-Rod and the people who used to employ him, defend him and consider him “a brother.”
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