User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
MLB tells court A-Rod suit should be tossed

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is seeking a speedy dismissal of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit challenging a season-long suspension.

Advertisement
Howard Ganz, an MLB lawyer, said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos that Rodriguez's claims do not come ''remotely close'' to what is needed to overturn an arbitration decision in federal court.

Ganz's letter, dated Monday and filed Tuesday, said the lawsuit should be tossed because a court is not empowered to re-examine the merits of an arbitration decision.

Ganz said in the letter that the standard for vacating an arbitration award ''is purposefully high and specifically designed to prevent courts from substituting their own judgment for that of the labor arbitrators selected by the parties.''

''A court must confirm an award even when the arbitrator has offered only a barely colorable justification for the outcome reached, and even if the court considers the arbitrator's interpretation of the contract to be plainly wrong,'' he wrote.

Rodriguez's claims in his lawsuit were considered by the arbitrator and resolved based on evidence and arguments, along with the arbitrator's interpretation of collectively bargained agreements, Ganz said.

He also noted that Rodriguez did not deny engaging in the misconduct that was alleged during the arbitrator's hearing or in his lawsuit.

Ramos set Feb. 14 for a conference and directed lawyers for Rodriguez to respond to the league's claims in a letter of their own by Feb. 7.

MLB suspended the three-time AL MVP for 211 games last August, and the players' union filed a grievance. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on Jan. 11 cut the suspension to 162 games and the 2014 postseason, concluding Rodriguez used banned substances each year from 2010-12 and twice tried to obstruct MLB's investigation.

Rodriguez did not testify in the grievance proceeding, walking out after Horowitz refused to order Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

Rodriguez sued MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Jan. 13 to overturn the decision. He accused the league of engaging in ''ethically challenged behavior'' and leaking information to the media in violation of baseball's confidentiality rules. He also accused Horowitz of acting ''with evident partiality.''

His lawsuit accused the players union of ''bad faith,'' saying its representation during the hearing was ''perfunctory at best.''

In a footnote, Ganz wrote that the players' union plans to seek dismissal of the claim that it breached its duty of fair representation and said the league will join in that application to the court.

Lawyers for Rodriguez and the players union did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

---

AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Thursday's Tip Sheet
Akins: Diamond Trends - Thursday
Rose: Who's Not Hot - AL
Fiers making pitch for Brewers rotation
Yankees send Whitley to minors
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
4-0 +483 Y'day, 7-1 +704 L5 Days
10-2 L12, 17-4 +1,547 This Month
34-14 L48 G-Plays, +8,803 TY
8-1 +1,060 L9 G-Plays, +2,757 TY
7-0 L2 Days, 19-7 L26 G-Plays
22-8 +1,936 Run, 11-3 G-Plays
5-2 L7, 13-4 +1,016 MLB Streak
4-1 +332 L5 G-Plays, +2,193 TY
12-6 L18 Guaranteed Plays
+2,351 Overall This Year
7-2 L9 G-Plays, 15-8 L23 Picks
5-1 L2 Days, 9-2 Last 6 Days
15-4 Last 19 Guarantees
6-1, +547 Record Yesterday
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8803
Doc's Sports + 3300
The Gold Sheet + 2757
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2266
Dave Cokin + 2254
James Manos + 2189
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2733
Tony Stoffo + 1565
Joe Williams + 995
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 1925
Dave Cokin + 1540
Kyle Hunter + 1488
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3205
Doc's Sports + 1480
Kevin Rogers + 1373
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2663
Kevin Rogers + 1293
Doc's Sports + 1197
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!