MLBPA angry with MLB over '60 Minutes' appearances

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

A-Rod's case may have taken a real bad turn for MLB Sunday.
A-Rod's case may have taken a real bad turn for MLB Sunday. (USATSI)

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Stemming from the historic decision Saturday, in which Alex Rodriguez's arbitration case ended up with him being suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season, Anthony Bosch will appear on CBS' television news program 60 Minutes Sunday night once the NFL action is concluded.

Bosch was the MLB's star witness in the case, the South Florida anti-aging clinic owner who was supplying MLB players with performance-enhancing drugs, among other supplements.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz will also appear on the show.

The Major League Baseball Players Association is none too pleased with MLB's decision to throw Bosch and Horowitz to the media so quickly after the arbitration decision. The union released the following statement Sunday evening:

It is unfortunate that Major League Baseball apparently lacks faith in the integrity and finality of the arbitrator's decision and our Joint Drug Agreement, such that it could not resist the temptation to publicly pile-on against Alex Rodriguez. It is equally troubling that the MLB-appointed Panel Arbitrator will himself be appearing in the "60 Minutes" segment, and that Tony Bosch, MLB's principal witness, is appearing on the program with MLB's blessing.

MLB's post-decision rush to the media is inconsistent with our collectively-bargained arbitration process, in general, as well as the confidentiality and credibility of the Joint Drug Agreement, in particular. After learning of tonight's "60 Minutes" segment, Players have expressed anger over, among other things, MLB's inability to let the result of yesterday's decision speak for itself. As a result, the Players Association is considering all legal options available to remedy any breaches committed by MLB.

Throughout this process the Players Association has repeatedly shown it is committed to an effective drug program that is strong and fair. And as we indicated in our statement yesterday, although we do not agree with the arbitrator's decision, we respect the process and will act accordingly. We believe the other involved parties should do the same.

This ... isn't good. At all.

MLB won. It got A-Rod and it got him with an unprecedented PED suspension -- and it got him for 162 games, even though the JDA specifically outlines the penalty for a first offense is 50 games. Despite that, the union respected the decision instead of throwing a hissy fit.

Now, it appears the league has gone too far in attempting to further soil A-Rod's image, because the MLBPA is unhappy. Major League Baseball has enjoyed labor peace since the damaging strike in 1994-95, but that could be in jeopardy as things progress here.

The current collective bargaining agreement runs through the 2016 season. Let's hope things aren't as contentious between the two sides by then.

UPDATE: MLB has issued its own statement. Here it is:

"We have notified the Major League Baseball Players Association on numerous occasions that we intended to respond to all of the attacks on the integrity of our Joint Drug Program. Those attacks continued yet again yesterday with Mr. Rodriguez's statement. Out of respect to the grievance process and at the request of the MLBPA, we waited until a decision was rendered to make our response.

"It is ironic that the MLBPA is complaining about MLB's participation in this program given that Mr. Rodriguez's lawyer is also participating in the show.

"As to Mr. Bosch's appearance, he is not controlled by us and is entitled to speak however he chooses about his interactions with Mr. Rodriguez."

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