The lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, said the Yankees and the commissioner, Bud Selig, were working together to sideline him from baseball and nullify his contract, under which he is still owed $86 million after this year.
Tacopina said baseball investigators were trying to ruin Rodriguez with accusations of doping based on the word of the operator of an anti-aging clinic in South Florida “who has no credibility.”
He may have missed the part where all those other players accepted the punishments and basically gave Bosch all the credibility he needed.
He added: “The legacy of George Steinbrenner would be horrified. This is the New York Yankees. This isn’t some thug-culture club.”
Really? Is that the same Steinbrenner who once hired a PI to dig up dirt on one of his own players? The one who was banned from baseball?
The new lawyer is basically saying that MLB and the Yankees conspired to keep Arod off the field forever. The Yankees pushed him to play last year when he was injured, didn't let him play this year when he was healthy enough, and MLB tried to keep him off the field with the suspension.
To which Yankee president Randy Levine replied:
Levine said with Rodriguez's permission, the Yankees would release all of his medical records dating back to Rodriguez's first hip surgery -- March 2009 -- to refute Tacopina's contention that he was not told by the club Rodriguez was unfit to play during last October's playoffs.
"If he really believes that, he should file a grievance for the release of all his medical records," Levine said. "We're willing to release all of them. All he has to do is say yes and we'll release them all for everyone to see."
With one exception: "The only records we don't have are the ones of Alex's treatment by Dr. [Anthony] Galea. They were unauthorized by the club, but now that he's put his medical condition into question, he should put everything out there."
I don't think I've ever seen anything like this, where a team so blatantly hates a player, the player's reps clearly say how awful the team is, and the player himself acts like everything is honky dory.