Alex Rodriguez is in his third day of an appeal hearing, fighting against Major League Baseball’s 211-game suspension stemming from his connection to Biogenesis. It’s the biggest baseball story in New York, and so there’s a lot of attention.
But there are very few details.
This morning, the Daily News investigative team — which has done a lot of the heavy lifting on various steroid stories in the past — reported that Rodriguez’s defense team was planning to argue that Rodriguez was “duped” into taking performance enhancing drugs, somehow tricked by Anthony Bosch and the Biogenesis crew.
Then Rodriguez’s team came out with a statement saying the Daily News story was wrong: “We cannot provide any details of this hearing, as the chair of the arbitration panel has issued an order prohibiting all parties from commenting publicly on the confidential proceedings, but what is being reported is not true,” the statement said.
It’s a bizarre situation, and what’s remarkable is that nothing matters except the opinion of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Whatever the arguments — whatever you or I believe to be true or accept as a reasonable excuse — it is going to come down to Horowitz to decide whether Rodriguez is punished and for how long. The rest is just sort of intrigue about what’s happening behind closed doors.
Most of the undeniable noise seems to be coming from the street where Rodriguez has been treated as a sort of conquering hero as he enters the MLB offices. Go check out that video on ESPN’s site. It’s unreal. Rodriguez has been shaking hands like a politician, then he’s entered a building to try to argue his case. Just another bizarre chapter in an already bizarre story.
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