New York Yankee Rodriguez asks judge to throw out MLB suspension

Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:42pm EST
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By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez asked a federal judge on Monday to throw out an arbitrator's decision suspending him for the 2014 baseball season for doping, escalating a battle with Major League Baseball that shows no signs of abating.

The lawsuit, filed by Rodriguez's attorneys at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, said arbitrator Fredric Horowitz exhibited "blatant partiality" toward MLB.

MLB was named as a defendant along with Commissioner Bud Selig's office and the players' union. Rodriguez, baseball's highest-paid player, asserted that the union failed in its duty to provide him adequate representation during the investigation.

The suit included a copy of Horowitz's decision, which had not previously been made public, giving the first glimpse of a proceeding that took place behind closed doors.

Horowitz concluded that Anthony Bosch, who ran a Florida anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis, supplied Rodriguez with testosterone, insulin growth factor and human growth hormone from 2010 to 2012, and that Rodriguez attempted to obstruct MLB's investigation.

The suspension of Rodriguez has pushed baseball news into the U.S. sports headlines at a time when other major sports usually predominate coverage. On Sunday night, Bosch described injecting Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs on the CBS television news program "60 Minutes." Selig and other MLB officials also appeared on the program, which Rodriguez's lawsuit slammed as part of a "carefully orchestrated smear campaign."

Neither MLB nor the players' union offered any immediate comment on the lawsuit, which was assigned to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

Horowitz ruled on Saturday that Rodriguez would miss all 162 regular season games this year as well as the playoffs.   Continued...

New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez (C) speaks to Fernando Mateo (L), president of Hispanics Across America, outside the Major League Baseball's (MLB) headquarters in New York October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri