If he goes down, it seems, he’ll going down fighting.
“We’re still involved in the process of preparing for an eventual appeal in this matter,” David Cornwell told ESPN radio this afternoon. “My understanding is that the next step that is going to be taken is that the Players’ Association and (Major League) Baseball will meet to discuss the investigation and Baseball’s focus on particular players. So we’ll see how that process plays out, but at this point, my understanding or my expectation is that we’re going to be working through the process toward an appeal.”
Cornwell’s interview came exactly one week after Ryan Braun — who’s actually won a suspension appeal in the past, with Cornwell as his lawyer — elected not to fight the league over its Biogenesis investigation. Rodriguez’s defiance comes even amid reports that the league could seek a lifetime suspension based on the current evidence and past transgressions.
“Obviously they believe that (Biogenesis chief Anthony Bosch) is credible,” Cornwell said. “I have my concerns. But what’s most important is whether or not arbitrator (Fredric) Horowitz will believe that he’s credible or not. That’s something we will present in the hearing room. … We believe that we have good, valid and strong defenses for Alex, and we intend to present them when the time comes.”
Although Cornwell did not get into specifics, he seemed to reveal at least some of his defense strategy when he questioned the “authenticity” and “reliability” of Biogenesis documents that were leaked to a Miami newspaper in January.
“What’s been made public are various documents that a disgruntled ex-employee of Biogenesis allegedly stole,” Cornwell said.
What would Cornwell consider a “win” in this appeal process?
“No discipline, obviously,” he said. “That’s easy.”
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