Rodriguez confident of winning doping appeal

Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:00pm EST
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(Reuters) - New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who is at the center of a doping case that has rocked Major League Baseball, has said he is confident of his appeal.

In an interview with, the embattled third baseman predicted he would win the case. The comments came just two days after Rodriguez stormed out of his grievance hearing and declared it a farce.

"We crushed it," Rodriguez said, referring to his lawyers' arguments against MLB's decision to suspend him for 211 games. "They had nothing."

Despite his apparent confidence, Rodriguez, who opted not to testify in the hearing, said he remained wary about the way the appeal was heard.

"Now that it's over, as far as the state of the case, how the evidence went in, how my team challenged it, I feel great, Rodriguez said.

"The only thing that concerns me is the process."

Rodriguez's appeal against his lengthy suspension ended on Thursday, the 13th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn Rodriguez's lengthy suspension.

Local media speculated a verdict likely would be announced in January.

Rodriguez's lawyers said they would "release all the evidence" but delayed the release on Friday, according to the New York Times.   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