New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sounded upbeat after his arbitration hearing ended Thursday, telling Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that his legal team "crushed it" during the hearing while dismissing MLB's case, stating "they had nothing."
Rodriguez' grievance hearing regarding his 211-game suspension closed on Thursday. Both sides have until Dec. 11 to file written briefs to present their closing arguments, then another ten days to respond to file replies to each other's briefs. Independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz will have 25 days to make decision after last brief is filed, likely pushing a final resolution into January.
The third baseman is proud of his legal team, but expressed concern about the arbitration process itself, telling Matthews:
"Now that's it's over, as far as the state of the case, how the evidence went in, how my team challenged it, I feel great. The only thing that concerns me is the process.''
Jordan Siev, one of Rodriguez's attorney, also sounded pleased about how their case went, stating:
"In my heart of hearts I don't think they've met their burden. There's no physical evidence at all, just (Anthony) Bosch's testimony. And if you don't believe Bosch, there's no case. Period. End of story.''
Rodriguez's spokesman Ron Berkowitz told the press on Thursday that his legal team planned to open up all the evidence from the appeal to the public Friday, but that decision has been overruled by his legal team. The team will hold a press briefing next week to release material not entered into evidence during the briefing, but could be used in future lawsuits.