(NEW YORK) — Major League Baseball is coming under fire from the Players Association for its “rush to the media” relating to the suspension of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
A statement released Sunday by the MLBPA refers to Sunday’s 60 Minutes broadcast, which will feature both the MLB-appointed arbitrator as well as Tony Bosch, MLB’s key witness in the Biogenesis scandal.
The statement goes on to say that the MLBPA is disappointed in the league’s lack of faith “in the integrity and finality of the arbitrator’s decision and our Joint Drug Agreement.” The Players Association said it is considering legal options against any possible breaches from the MLB.
On Saturday, an arbitrator reduced Rodriguez’s original 211-game suspension to 162 games. That means he will miss the entire 2014 season, including the postseason if the Yankees make it that far. Rodriguez’s lawyers are expected to file a new lawsuit on Monday against MLB, challenging the penalty.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN