Post by the flying reindeer on Jan 11, 2014 13:00:01 GMT -5
Alex Rodriguez receives 162-game suspension. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been hit with a 162-game suspension from arbitrator Frederic Horowitz, effectively ruling him out for the entire 2014 season. The suspension also covers the postseason. This followed a contentious arbitration process and the , original ban was not upheld, but this should be considered a major victory for MLB and commissioner Bud Selig. It is still the longest suspension under MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program. The other big winner today is the New York Yankees, who will save $27.5 million in 2014. They now have a very good chance to keep their payroll under $189 million even if they sign Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Alex Rodriguez, on the other hand, intends to take MLB to court. However, he probably will not be successful there either. The courts are very reluctant to overturn arbitration awards. The Federal Arbitration Act provides the grounds for review of an arbitration decision. Such review is limited to overturning awards obtained by corruption or fraud. Or where the arbitrator himself is shown to be corrupted or to have engaged in misconduct of some kind or has shown a “manifest disregard for the law.” Federal courts do not look at the facts and evidence anew and substitute their judgment for that of the arbitrator.