I LOVE THE FACT THAT THE YANKEES ALLOWED A-ROD TO WEAR AND PLAY IN PINSTRIPES DURING HIS APPEAL. such a disgrace. 17 short years ago it was the model organization....it now has turned into a joke.
Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer and the favorite to be the next commissioner, called Rodriguez's career "sad" and "tarnished."
"This latest, sad chapter in Mr. Rodriguez's tarnished career is yet another example of this player trying to avoid taking responsibility for his poor choices," Manfred said. "Given the disappointing acts that Mr. Rodriguez has repeatedly made throughout his career, his expressed concern for young people rings very hollow. Mr. Rodriguez's use of PEDs was longer and more pervasive than any other player, and when this process is complete, the facts will prove it is Mr. Rodriguez and his representatives who have engaged in ongoing, gross misconduct."
Joe Tacopina, Rodriguez's lead attorney, called for Manfred's ouster from the case.
"Rob Manfred has gone so far over the line with his latest slanderous attack against Alex (which presumably was approved by Commissioner Selig) that we demand the other two arbitration panel members immediately remove Manfred from the panel hearing Alex's appeal," Tacopina said in a statement. "Indeed, we do not see how he can continue to hold any position of responsibility within Major League Baseball. But we will leave that to the conscience and judgment of the owners within the league."
Just over an hour later, MLB issued a statement in response to Tacopina's criticism through spokesperson Pat Courtney.
"Mr. Tacopina's latest rant is so delusional it doesn't warrant a response," the statement said. "The fact that Mr. Tacopina has now asked for two of the three panel members to be recused tells you everything you need to know."