The ARod Saga Continues
The latest chapter of the death struggle between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball appears to be his unconditional surrender. ARod has dropped his lawsuits against baseball, the commissioner, and the union. In response, MLB has been polite without giving an inch:
We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow major league players. We share that desire.
Note the absence of any suggestion of welcoming ARod himself back onto the field a year from now.
Arod hasn’t said anything public about the decision, but some possible explanations are:
- He realized how little chance he had to win. Courts do not like to overturn decisions arrived at by binding arbitration.
- Lawsuits are expensive, especially when you’re an individual suing deep-pocketed organizations with teams of lawyers on staff.
- ARod is still owed more than $60 million for the 2015 through 2017 seasons. If he wants to avoid any further difficulties that would pose a risk to that money, laying low is probably the smart move.
But we’ll never really know what went through ARod’s wholly opaque mind. If he gives an explanation in the future, it’ll more likely than not be a transparently self-serving lie.