The appeal hearing for Alex Rodriguez's record 211-game suspension concluded on Thursday, reports Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. According to the Joint Drug Agreement, arbitrator Frederic Horowitz now has 25 days to hand down a ruling. The latest it can arrive is Monday, December 16.
The hearing lasted a total of 13 days with a month-long recess mixed in. Both sides, MLB and A-Rod's camp, stated their case and questioned witnesses. Commissioner Bud Selig was not one of them, prompting Rodriguez to storm out of the room on Wednesday. It appears A-Rod did not testify either.
Horowitz can uphold, overturn or reduce the suspension. It's worth noting the hearing has not followed the schedule outlined in the JDA to date due to complexity of the case, so I suppose the ruling might not actually come down within the 25 days. We'll see.
Rodriguez was suspended 211 games for his ties to Biogenesis, and the ban is essentially broken down into the standard 50-game suspension for first-time offenders plus 211 games for allegedly trying to interfere with MLB's investigation. The two sides have traded public barbs over the last several weeks.
The Yankees are trying to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold, and any suspension will reduce Rodriguez's "tax hit" accordingly. They'll have to find a new third baseman but stand to save a boatload of cash.