Report: MLB Players Tried to Boot A-Rod from Union, but Told Legally Not Possible

The Major League Baseball Players Association tried to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the union when he sued them, but union leaders said they could not legally do so. 

According to Yahoo Sports, three sources who were on the union conference call said “perhaps 40 players and board members” held a call on “Jan. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.,” and “outraged union members repeatedly requested that Rodriguez be expelled.”

The first player to speak reportedly asked, “Can we kick him out of the union?” In addition, not one player reportedly defended Rodriguez. 

After an MLB arbitrator ruled that Rodriguez was banned from for the 2014 season and had to serve a 162-game suspension, Rodriguez sued the MLBPA and MLB to overturn the suspension. 

As Yahoo Sports noted, “players pay $65 a day during the season in union dues,” and the MLBPA will be forced to use “money from its coffers to defend itself against the wealthiest of its members, a member who, according to the arbitration decision against him, flouted the system for years.” And players were “incensed” Rodriguez would sue his “brothers” in the union. 


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