Rodriguez storms out of hearing on suspension

Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:18pm EST
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(Reuters) - New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez stormed out of a grievance hearing on Wednesday over his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball (MLB) when the arbitrator refused to order Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

Rodriguez later issued a statement through his spokesman, calling the hearing a farce.

"I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails," said the statement which was released after Rodriguez left the hearing before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz at MLB headquarters in New York.

"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."

In a statement released later on Wednesday, MLB said: "For more than 40 years, Major League Baseball and the players association have had a contractual grievance process to address disputes between the two parties.

"This negotiated process has served players and clubs well. Despite Mr. Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration panel's rulings today, Major League Baseball remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute."

Wednesday was the 12th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn Rodriguez's lengthy suspension.   Continued...

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez strikes out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch