Alex Rodriguez arbitration hearing over

Jim McIsaac

With the appeal concluded, a final decision on A-Rod's suspension is expected sometime in December.

After two months of mud-slinging, finger-pointing and some deliberation, Alex Rodriguez's appeal hearing with Major League Baseball has finally come to an end, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post.

The hearing was originally slated to last through Friday, but the lack of testimony from Bud Selig and A-Rod allowed things to progress a little quicker than expected.

Independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz was originally thought to have a 25-day window to make a final decision about whether to uphold A-Rod's standing 211-game suspension, reduce it, or get rid of it entirely. But a decision from Horowitz might not come until early January, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

Horowitz is supposed to make his decision based on only the evidence presented in the courtroom over the last two months, but you'd be forgiven if you thought otherwise given the spectacle that occurred around the hearing. Rodriguez and MLB have exchanged accusations throughout the proceedings, with matters ultimately coming to a head on Wednesday when A-Rod stormed out of the courthouse then bashed Selig and company in a subsequent radio interview.

Rodriguez's lawyers have said that they plan on making much of the evidence presented at the hearing available to the public in the coming days, so expect more dirt to come to light very soon. They have also threatened to take the league to federal court, but it's unclear how quickly that would happen.

More from SB Nation MLB:

A-Rod storms out of hearing | Plans to take evidence public

Tigers, Rangers swap Ian Kinsler and Prince Fielder | Ripple effects

What the White Sox owe Paul Konerko

MLB trade rumors | Brewers deny Braun talks with Mets | Freese meeting Cards, Angels

Death of a Ballplayer: Wrongly convicted prospect spends 27 years in prison

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.