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ESPN legal analyst: A-Rod lawsuit “does not amount to much”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A-Rod Season  BaseballIt should be pretty obvious that I’m no legal expert. But Lester Munson is.

Writing for ESPN.com, Munson says Alex Rodriguez’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball doesn’t have much legal muscle, but it might still serve its purpose.

“As a lawsuit, it does not amount to much,” Munson wrote. “As a declaration of war on Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig, it works well.”

As for specifics…

If legal theories were to be ranked by their validity and strength, “tortious interference” would be at the bottom. If you want to sue someone and have no legitimate basis for suing them, you use “tortious interference” as the theory. … (If) Rodriquez really wanted to present his grievance in a public court action, he would have said that MLB’s misconduct must be stopped immediately with an injunction. If he asked for an injunction, he would be in court in a matter of days. He did not ask for an injunction. He does not want his assertions tested in court in a public hearing on an injunction. He is asking instead for compensatory and punitive damages. He wants money.

The immediate impact, Munson writes, might be a stop to the media leaks that seem to be coming from the league office.

It’s an interesting read. Go check it out if you’re looking for perspective that can go beyond the surface of those 33 pages in the lawsuit. I’m not at all a legal expert and don’t want to pretend to be one.

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47 Responses to “ESPN legal analyst: A-Rod lawsuit “does not amount to much””

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 4th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I think even the weakest of legal minds had that figured out because it wasn’t a tough one or figure out, IMO. And I’m happy to put myself there for the sake of all who think of me that way, because I immediately said it was a frivolous lawsuit.

    Big smokescreen. Hate the big bad MLB. Poor Arod for what they did to him.

    Oh well.

  2. Warning Track Power October 4th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    blake October 4th, 2013 at 5:31 pm
    You’re entitled to your opinion JAP….I just think Betances is right where he needs to be ….and think he has a chance to be a good reliever in the majors…..nothing wrong with that
    ————————————————————————————————————

    I agree 1,000%.
    Betances was a failed starter and I think he can excel out of the pen.
    I look at how he pitched in Houston the last series of the season. His slider was outstanding
    and literally falling off the table.

  3. Captain Clutch October 4th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    @AndrewMarchand

    ESPNNY has learned: A-Rod just filed 2nd suit. This one is for medical malpractice against Yanks team doctor & NY Presbyterian/Columbia Med

  4. Captain Clutch October 4th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    All of these law suits are fine but the real question is what was his involvement with Biogenesis?! It seems like he is trying to take the spotlight off of that and make it about other nonsense.

  5. blake October 4th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    As a reliever Betances won’t need great command by merely control enough to not walk guys…..just hold it over the plate at 98 and drop that hammer big guy. I was excited by what I saw from him as a reliever and he should have tons of rope for a role in the 2014 bullpen IMO……if they can suffer through Joba this year then what excuse do they have to not give Betances an extended opportunity

  6. blake October 4th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    October 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm
    All of these law suits are fine but the real question is what was his involvement with Biogenesis?! It seems like he is trying to take the spotlight off of that and make it about other nonsense.

    They are pounding the table…..only way it helps their case really is if they can prove that MLB has a personal agenda against Arod which led to a longer suspension

  7. St. Pete Yankee October 4th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    This so-called suit of Arod’s is not worth the paper it’s printed on. All he is doing is further destroying his reputation. It’s so sad. His place in the Hall of Fame would have been guaranteed if he had NOT taken PEDs.

  8. PacoDooley October 4th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    The craziest thing I read –

    “…blames the league for Rodriguez’s part being cut from the yet-to-be-released animated film, Henry & Me.”

    I think Chad is just making stuff up at this point – thinking we won’t notice…

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    blake October 4th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    A good reliever is better than a bad starter …..if Betances has a good 2013 as a reliever then he has a career again and maybe he can make some money for his family……he could flame out totally as a starter and be out of baseball all together if they kept on trying to force that……the yanks didn’t have much choice…..they gave him as long as possible to try and figure it out
    ///

    blake,

    I think your alternative is extremely bleak. A bad starter? He would likely be a guy who throws a lot of pitches and walks some batters, hits a batter now and again, but who is mostly keeping his infield busy and turning his back on the hitter he just rang up the rest of the time.

  10. YanksPats October 4th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    What’s more important? Hall of Fame entry or hundreds of million dollars. Somehow, I think Alicks is happy with his decision to repeatedly use performance enhancing drugs

  11. Doreen October 4th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    The only way to make ARod go away and stop this is to pay him his freaking money and DFA him.

    It stinks for the Yankees, but in the long run I migh be the healthiest way to go.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    What was particularly amusing was listening to Singleton essay on Betances.

    Something like: “Well, if you only have two pitches…” the implication was, that he doesn’t have enough repertoire to be a starter.

    I like Singy, but you’d think these people would do their homework. The guy has a tremendous changeup that is not going to get much play out of the bullpen. He throws 3 kinds of fastballs, two different curves, and that change.

  13. Warning Track Power October 4th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Betances will be given a long look in ST 2014. He will have a chance to win a job
    or never pitch for the Yankees again.
    Betances needs to put up solid numbers in ST 2014. Something like a 1.00 ERA would
    probably clinch a spot on the roster.

  14. Doreen October 4th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Paco,
    Read the document. That is actually in there.

  15. Warning Track Power October 4th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    YanksPats October 4th, 2013 at 6:01 pm
    What’s more important? Hall of Fame entry or hundreds of million dollars. Somehow, I think Alicks is happy with his decision to repeatedly use performance enhancing drugs
    ————————————————————————-
    Probably true and ARod would not be alone in that club.

  16. YanksPats October 4th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I agree Doreen. If they just pay him his remaining salary up front in the next couple months and he retires, he should not count against the 189

  17. Giuseppe Franco October 4th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    How is A-Rod further destroying his reputation? I don’t think it can sink any lower so he’s got nothing to lose.

    Whether he wins or loses, I hope this scorched earth strategy by Team A-Rod pays off by knocking Bud off his rocker.

    Hell, if the Yanks didn’t have any payroll issues regarding A-Rod’s contract I’d prefer to see him win this legal battle.

  18. Against All Odds October 4th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    blake October 4th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    ——————-

    Yea I think he can be deadly in the pen. I say leave him there and see what happens.

  19. Captain Clutch October 4th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Hopefully it gets to the point where the Yanks say we can’t have this guy playing for us while he has all of this garbage going on. Let them come to a buy out and he can go on his way. Assuming that he is suspended for most of next year he doesn’t have much baseball left in that body after that.

  20. YanksPats October 4th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    “Hell, if the Yanks didn’t have any payroll issues regarding A-Rod’s contract I’d prefer to see him win this legal battle.”

    Same here.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Odds,

    What’s going to happen?? He’s going to come in and be really good – for one or two innings, in most of his outings.

    Trouble is, he could be really good for six innings every five days.

    But they prefer the former.

  22. luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Good evening guys…. If This day could be called as a good day for baseball

    All I am going to say is that the S*&^ has hit the fan… This is going to get ugly both for Arod and MLB… Arod will look like a mercenary in the end ( he is only after more money, not his reputation at this point )… MLB will look biased and corrupted if any of Arod’s camp allegations turn out to be true

    Still, I don’t get the second lawsuit… malpractice?? Does this means that he is going after the Yankees in the end as well?… Or more money?

    I think he is looking to get as much money from this as he can

  23. Doreen October 4th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I don’t even care about ARod’s salary impact on the 189. I was assuming he was going to play a little next season anywAy.

    The Yankees made their bed. Thy are having to lie in it.

    Is it unfair that the contract they gave him assumed no PEDs? Absolutely. But there’s no way out of it. Find out exactly why he wants Ono quickly and do it. And then tell Bud he owes them one.

  24. Doreen October 4th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Find out what he wants to go, and quickly,

    Darn iPad.

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Doreen, I didn’t realize Yoko had a stake in this.

  26. Against All Odds October 4th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:09 pm
    Odds,

    What’s going to happen??

    ———————–

    He can become a great set up man or at the least a very good one.

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Darn iPad.
    ///

    :D

  28. Pat M. October 4th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    JAP…. I still think the Yanks are going to gift wrap your boy Betances and package him this winter as he’ll never be a starting pitcher. Well at least not in Pinstripes unless the plate stops moving for him. That ship sailed awhile ago

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Against, I think repeatability will actually be more of an issue as a short reliever.

    And I’d have preferred he’d have remained a tall starter ;)

  30. luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Doreen….I think that’s exactly what he is looking for… A settlement and a DFA afterwards… Everybody happy… But it has to be done before the suspension is upheld

  31. luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Pat M,

    I think he is a FA… So he might walk out all by himself

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Pat M,

    Good to see you back on the site.

    I disagree, I think whoever trades for him will give starting a go.

    And had I my druthers, I’d rather see him dealt and starting, then here and relieving.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    *than here and relieving

  34. blake October 4th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    “I think your alternative is extremely bleak. A bad starter? He would likely be a guy who throws a lot of pitches and walks some batters, hits a batter now and again, but who is mostly keeping his infield busy and turning his back on the hitter he just rang up the rest of the time.”

    No he literally was on a path to be out of baseba in a couple of years IMO

  35. luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    If there is a pitcher that should be given a chance to start is Betances… If it’s not with the Yankees, then with another team… His stuff is just too good to be wasted as a mid reliever job or even as a setup guy

  36. Against All Odds October 4th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    “I think your alternative is extremely bleak. A bad starter? He would likely be a guy who throws a lot of pitches and walks some batters, hits a batter now and again, but who is mostly keeping his infield busy and turning his back on the hitter he just rang up the rest of the time.”

    ———————

    That sounds like a Daniel Cabrera type.

  37. blake October 4th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Big Mac seems to be a good hitting coach…..maybe the yanks should hire bonds

  38. luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Odds,

    If he figures things out… He could be the RH version of the Big Unit…Tall pitchers take longer to develop…I know, The Yankees have no patience for that

  39. Against All Odds October 4th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    He’s not going to be wasted though. If all goes according to plan he’ll pitch the 8th inning and maybe even close yrs from now if Drob doesn’t grab the position and run with it.

  40. blake October 4th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    “If he figures things out… He could be the RH version of the Big Unit…Tall pitchers take longer to develop…I know, The Yankees have no patience for that”

    7 years….they were out of options on him they waited so long

  41. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Pat M,

    I think he is a FA… So he might walk out all by himself
    ///

    Hi primo :D

    He’d have to go through waivers if they don’t sign him to the 25-man.

  42. luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I know Blake…. Still, what a waste…

  43. luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Another thing… I think the Big Unit figure things out in his late 20′s

  44. Against All Odds October 4th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    True tall pitchers take a while to get things together but the Yankees felt the needed to get the most use they could based on his development clock.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock October 4th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    luis October 4th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    If there is a pitcher that should be given a chance to start is Betances… If it’s not with the Yankees, then with another team… His stuff is just too good to be wasted as a mid reliever job or even as a setup guy
    ///

    primo, as a Yankee fan, I don’t want to see him in the BP. Let him go somewhere else. Cashman himself said they’d have kept him starting had they not run out of options. They don’t want to spend time experimenting with him as a guy on the 25. It’s either relieve or lose him, but what they could do is surreptitiously keep the changeup in play and keep the starting door open, letting him throw 2 and 3 innings.

    I don’t see why they can’t do that, when guys like Warren can have four inning starts.
    ///
    Odds, he has not been “Cabrera” like for months now, and he’s got better stuff.

  46. blake October 4th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Chop chop chop

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