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ESPN's Olney: Yankees Likely To Release Rodriguez Regardless Of Arbitration Outcome
Published November 25, 2013
ARBITRATOR IS KEY: In N.Y., Ken Davidoff wrote Rodriguez' PR strategy of turning MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "into the villain has succeeded, at least based on my communication with fans." Plenty of folks are "complaining about Rodriguez’s lack of due process, his supposed right to confront his accuser." Davidoff: "It’s complete bunk. This is a private worker issue, not a private citizen issue." Rodriguez is "fortunate to belong to one of the country’s most powerful unions." His "'due process' comes in the presence" of MLB arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. There is "just too much history that courts don’t like diving into binding arbitration battles" (N.Y. POST, 11/23). On Long Island, Steven Marcus wrote Rodriguez' career and "millions of dollars hinge on the decision" of Horowitz. Rodriguez "stands to lose about $31 million before incentives if the suspension is upheld." He "would not be eligible to return" until '15, when he turns 40. Legal experts have said that the "chance of a federal court overturning the arbitrator's decision is considered slim." Horowitz also "could alter the suspension." Arbitrator Doug Collins said that Horowitz is "well-prepared to handle the case." Collins said, "Fred is very experienced" (NEWSDAY, 11/24).