NY Yankee Rodriguez asks judge to throw out MLB suspension

Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:57pm 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 Players Association reacted angrily.

"It is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association. His claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges," MLBPA chief Tony Clark said in a statement.

"The Players Association has vigorously defended Mr. Rodriguez's rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career," said Clark, calling his allegation "outrageous."

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.   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