Alex Rodriguez appeal: A-Rod's lawyers will 'release all of the evidence' Friday

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

When the hearing comes to a close Friday, A-Rod's attorneys plan on making all of the evidence public.

The army of attorneys for Alex Rodriguez are planning to make all of the evidence from his appeal public on Friday when the hearing comes to a close, reports Wallace Matthews of ESPN:

"We're going to open up everything," said Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez. "We're going to show everything we have to the press so they can show it to the American public."

Per Matthews, the evidence that Berkowitz speaks of is likely to include transcripts of witness testimony, sworn affidavits and information from an MLB "whistle blower" who reportedly is unhappy with how the league conducted its investigation.

Any move to release evidence would be in violation of the confidentiality clause in baseball's collective bargaining agreement, but ignoring the CBA won't be anything new for A-Rod's camp. For instance, Rodriguez's radio interview on WFAN Wednesday was termed the "single most blatant disregarding of a collectively bargained agreement" by Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

Rodriguez's attorneys appear bent on releasing evidence -- and taking the case to federal court -- no matter what the independent arbitrator, Frederic Horowitz, ultimately decides. When the testimony and case summaries come to a close on Friday, Horowitz will have 25 days to decide whether to uphold the standing 211-game suspension, reduce it, or do away with it completely.

Rodriguez originally planned to testify on his own behalf Friday, but stormed out of the proceedings early Wednesday when it was determined that commissioner Bud Selig did not have to take the stand. A-Rod is not expected to return to the courthouse; it's believed he's returned to his home in Miami.

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