Today, the arbitrator ruled that Commissioner Bud Selig did not have to testify in the hearings. A-Rod walked out of the hearings, calling the whole process a "farce."
A-Rod is 100% correct.
And MLB has done what I thought impossible-it has made A-Rod a sympathetic figure.
But really, why is anyone even remotely surprised?
Up until the era of free agency in the 1970s, the first one hundred years of major league baseball was ruled by such measures as the reserve clause, which kept players beholden to their teams for life. And while we're at it, the eight players found innocent in the Black Sox scandal in a court of law were handed out lifetime suspensions by Commissioner Judge Mountain Landis anyway. And what about the elimination of the AL and NL League Presidents? That gave the Commissioner of Baseball autocracy over the whole shooting match.
And whom is the Commissioner appointed by and work for? The owners.
And whom did the owners appoint? One of their own, a former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, Mr. Selig.
A-Rod never had a chance in this arbitration hearing to reduce or eliminate his suspension. But why, by evidence of the switch boards on sports talk radio being lit up like a Christmas tree over the topic today, are so many surprised by the developments of the case?