Alex Rodriguez suspension hearing to begin Monday

Mike Stobe

The appeal is expected to last five days, with a decision likely reached in the next 30.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and his team of lawyers will begin the appeal of his 211-game suspension on Monday for violating the joint drug agreement and the collective bargaining agreement.

The appeal will take place at Major League Baseball's offices in Manhattan, with a three-man panel listening to the argument. The panel consists of MLB vice president Rob Manfred, MLB Players Association general counsel David Prouty and independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

The hearing is expected to last around five days, then the group will decide within the next 25 days whether to uphold, reduce or overturn Rodriguez's suspension.

Rodriguez sounded ready to begin the hearings, telling Andrew Marchand of

"Let's get it on. It starts on Monday. We've got to face it head on...I'll be there every day. I'm fighting for my whole life, my whole legacy. I hope everyone is there."

Sources close to Rodriguez and his advisers will present evidence that Rodriguez has been the victim of a conspiracy between the MLB and the Yankees to dump the remainder of his $275 million contract, according to the New York Daily News. MLB will center their case around evidence gathered from subpoenas and informants, as well as testimony from former Biognesis owner Anthony Bosch.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Marlins' Alvarez throws no-hitter | Neyer: The Miracle of Baseball

Cleveland secures top AL Wild Card seed

Pirates to host Reds in NL Wild Card Game

Closing Time: A Mariano Rivera retrospective

Watch Rivera’s emotional final exit at Yankee Stadium

Log In Sign Up

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,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

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


You must be a member of to participate.

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




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.