(NEW YORK) — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was so upset at his grievance hearing on Wednesday, he walked out in frustration.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig did not have to testify, which prompted Rodriguez to shout, “This is ridiculous,” as he walked out.
Horowitz was in the middle of the 12th day of the hearings filed on behalf of the players’ association to overturn Rodriguez’ 211-game suspension.
“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails,” Rodriguez said in a statement through his spokesman. “I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit with me, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players’ association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.”
The 38-year-old Rodriguez has been with the Yankees since 2004. He is still owed $86 million by the team through 2017.
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