The Biogenesis scandal that rocked Major League Baseball this past season has been nothing short of its own soap opera. And the star of that disaster was Alex Rodriguez. But if he ever comes back to play, he won't have a single friend on the planet after suing the players union.
As we all remember, A-Rod was slammed with a 211-game suspension last year that he would eventually appeal. Earlier this month, that suspension was dropped to 162 games. That essentially clears his plans for 2014, including any hopes of a playoff run. So he did the the only thing he thought was logical...he sued the players union. And they've responded.
On Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports released notes of a conference call that was held on January 13 that involved an estimated 40 players and board members. MLBPA reps wasted no time letting their feelings known about A-Rod's decision to sue the union:
When Rodriguez gets up to bat you can hit him and hit him hard. That's what I'd do. He sued us. Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz screwed up. You know? They owned up to it and they took their medicine. Rodriguez needs to be scared of coming back and facing people he sued. If he can't fear the wrath of getting kicked out or not being included, he's going to be forced out.
The players union was mostly behind the controversial Yankees star following his suspension. They even supported the arbitration process, which shut Rodriguez down in the first place. However suing the MLBPA is a legal prerequisite for having his suspension overturned pursuant to Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act. It carries an incredibly small chance of success, but if he or any other player who ever wishes to appeal an adverse arbitration result to federal court has any shot of winning, he has to name the union in the lawsuit.
So with that said, what do you do if you're in his spot? Would the money be enough to bring him back for one more run? Or has he built up enough heat with the players that he may not even be welcomed back into the game?