The Sports Xchange, Published January 22 2014
Yankees' A-Rod not making friends at any levelIt is said that the greatest compliment a professional athlete can receive comes from his/her peers.
After a recent report of Major League Baseball Players Association player representatives overwhelmingly agreeing that Alex Rodriguez should be kicked out of the union after he sued it, it's fair to say the suspended New York Yankees third baseman won't be receiving any such compliments any time soon.
Luckily for Rodriguez, union leaders said they could not legally pursue his expulsion. That doesn't change the perception that every level of the baseball world is against A-Rod -- from fans to his own team to the league office ... and now his peers.
The news comes after Rodriguez filed suit against the MLBPA and MLB in an attempt to overturn his 162-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing-drug policy. Rodriguez's legal team contends that the union was in breach of its duty and failed to properly represent him in the appeal of his original 211-game suspension.
"It is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association," said Tony Clark, head of the union. "His claim is completely without merit and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.
"The Players Association has vigorously defended Mr. Rodriguez's rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career. Mr. Rodriguez's allegation that the association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on our former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable. When all is said and done, I am confident the Players Association will prevail."
Despite missing out on most of his salary this coming season because of the suspension, Rodriguez is still owed $61 million on a contract that runs through 2017.