Rodriguez walks out of own grievance hearing

Updated: November 20, 2013

New York, NY ( – Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance
hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz didn’t force commissioner
Bud Selig to testify in Rodriguez’s appeal of his historic 211-game suspension
for violating the game’s Joint Drug Agreement.

“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.”

The hearings with Horowitz had entered the 12th day when Rodriguez stormed

Rodriguez was hit with a 211-game penalty in August, while 12 other players
were suspended 50 games for their alleged ties to the now-closed South
Florida anti-aging clinic accused of supplying performance-enhancing

Rodriguez has already sued MLB and Selig in New York state court, as well as
Yankee team physician Christopher Ahmad.