New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez requested that the Major League Baseball Players Association stop representing him as his chief representative on his arbitration panel, reports Serge F. Kovaleski and Steve Eder of the New York Times.
Rodriguez had grown frustrated with how the player's union defended his case, so his personal legal team sent a letter to the association asking that they step aside.
The New York Times acquired the letter, which states that Rodriguez believes the union did not "fairly represent his interests" in the Biogenesis scandal.
The letter lists a number of perceived union failures during the investigation, charging the MLBPA with:
"...failing to protest M.L.B.'s thuggish tactics in its investigation, including paying individuals to produce documents and to testify on M.L.B.'s behalf, and bullying and intimidating those individuals who refuse to cooperate with their ‘witch hunt' against the players - indeed principally Mr. Rodriguez."
Rodriguez was also concerned with an interview MLBPA chief Michael Weiner gave with XM Radio on Aug. 6, where he publicly stated the he advised the third baseman to accept a suspension.
The proceedings for Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension have been placed on hold until the week of Oct. 14, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. Rodriguez has also filed lawsuits against MLB and the Yankees team physician, with more suits potentially on the way.