There will be no Alex Rodriguez hearing today.
After spending five days last week in front of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, Rodriguez and his team of lawyers will take a break for a few days while Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association wait for the next opening on Horowitz’s schedule. Seems like to be about a week before the hearing starts up again (my good friend Wally Matthews is hearing next Tuesday, to be exact).
At this point, it seems clear that it will be a while before the Yankees get any clarity on the situation.
Of course, not having a hearing doesn’t necessarily mean Rodriguez will be out of the news for the next week. Late last week he filed a pair of lawsuits — one against the league, one against the Yankees medical staff — and after Friday’s fifth day of hearings, his lawyer Joe Tacopina continued his bold public comments with another released statement.
“Commissioner Selig’s and MLB’s inexplicable personal animus toward Alex Rodriguez has brought them down to the level of protecting and relying primarily upon a witness under federal investigation for dealing performance enhancing drugs to minors,” he statement said, in part. “Every player in the league, every fan who spends money on MLB tickets and gear, and every team whose money is being spent on this witch hunt should be asking Selig to explain and justify his actions.
“… Every last allegation made in our suit pertaining to MLB’s and Commissioner Selig’s misconduct is supported by audio or video tapes, photographs, documents, witness affidavits, or otherwise indisputable evidence. And on the law, if this shameful endeavor by Commissioner Selig does not constitute tortious interference, then it must be that no one ever can count on obtaining relief from that tort, no matter how egregious the facts. Fortunately, that is not the state of the law in New York.”