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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
An A-Rod walk-off, now what?

By Andrew Marchand

Alex Rodriguez has walked out of the arbitration hearing process, telling MLB COO Rob Manfred that he is "full of s---!" according to a source. Rodriguez has also released a statement following his walkout.

"I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails," Rodriguez said in the statement released by his spokesman Ron Berkowitz. "I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."

Rodriguez's presence is not required for the hearing to continue, but it takes this spectacular situation to another level, and it seems A-Rod wants to fight in a higher jurisdiction.

A spokesman for Rodriguez said, "We don't know what we're going to do. The fight's still going on, but most likely it's going to end up in federal court."

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