Major League Baseball players are incensed that Alex Rodriguez sued the union and may retaliate against him on the field should he ever return to MLB.
A player who was on a conference call in which union members wanted to expel Rodriguez but were told they could not legally do so told Yahoo Sports that Rodriguez may face repercussions on the field should he return to the game after his 162-game suspension.
“When he gets up to bat, you can hit him and hit him hard,” one player on the conference call reportedly said. “That’s what I’d do. He sued us. Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz screwed up. You know what? They owned up to it. They took their medicine.
“[Rodriguez] needs to be scared of coming back and facing people he sued. If he can’t fear the wrath of getting kicked out or not being included, he’s going to be forced out.”
As of now, the union will not likely blacklist Rodriguez like they did to replacement players who played in 1995 during the player strike. Those replacement players “were denied licensing money and union voting privileges for the remainder of their careers.”
Tony Clark, head of the union, said that it “is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association. His claim is completely without merit and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.”
“The Players Association has vigorously defended Mr. Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career,” he said. “Mr. Rodriguez’s allegation that the Association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on our former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable. When all is said and done, I am confident the Players Association will prevail.”