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MLBPA Members Reportedly Wanted To Kick Rodriguez Out Due To Lawsuit Against Union
Published January 22, 2014
HIGH & INSIDE: Dodgers Special Advisor to the Chair Tommy Lasorda said Rodriguez "should have got more" than a one-year ban since "he’s trying to ruin the game." He added, "If I'm pitching and I know that guy up there is using that stuff, I'll hit him right in the mouth." Former MLBer Rusty Staub said of Rodriguez' suit against the MLBPA, "I thought the thing he did with the players association was pathetic." Staub when asked if he thought other former MLBers shared that opinion said, "I would think many." In New Jersey, Pete Caldera notes Lasorda and Staub made their comments "prior to the annual Baseball Assistance Team dinner to raise money and awareness for ex-players in financial need -- many of whom preceded the union’s establishment" (Bergen RECORD, 1/22).
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BIGGER PICTURE: FOXSPORTS.com’s Ken Rosenthal writes MLBers “should worry less about A-Rod suing them and more about how A-Rod was brought down.” The “antipathy for Rodriguez among his peers is secondary to the larger point" that MLB's investigation into the Yankees' All-Star was a "fastball under the chin to the union, if not an outright beaning.” The MLBPA “got knocked down, particularly when it declined to fight baseball’s lawsuit against Biogenesis,” and it now “needs to get back up.” The union “should agree to increased penalties only if baseball sets up different tiers of punishment for those players who use PEDs deliberately and those who can prove their usage was inadvertent” (FOXSPORTS.com, 1/22).