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Federal judge: Decision in A-Rod suit must be public



LARRY NEUMEISTER and RONALD BLUM

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge said Monday that Alex Rodriguez cannot file portions of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's decision under seal as part of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the one-year suspension from baseball given to the New York Yankees third baseman.

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III denied a request by Rodriguez's lawyers that was supported by the Major League Baseball Players Association. It came a day after the founder of a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic said during a "60 Minutes" interview he administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told the program that Rodriguez's actions were "beyond comprehension."

"Given the intense public interest in this matter and Commissioner Selig's disclosures last night on '60 Minutes,' it's difficult to imagine any portion of this proceeding should be filed under seal," Pauley said.

Pauley said there was a presumption in federal courts that the public should have access to documents. He said the presumption of access could be overridden if there was evidence the courts were being used improperly to force otherwise confidential information to be made public.

"There's no evidence here of any bad faith," he said.

Howard Ganz of Proskauer, representing MLB, said the league was not seeking to seal any parts of the written decision, which was issued Saturday but has not been made public.

The three-time MVP was suspended for 211 games last August by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, and Horowitz presided over 12 days of hearings from September through November. Horowitz reduced the penalty to 162 games plus any postseason games played by the Yankees this year.

The brief court proceeding was scheduled so hastily that Joe Tacopino, a Rodriguez lawyer, and union General Counsel Dave Prouty, participated by telephone.

Prouty told the judge the union wanted to redact any portions of the arbitrator's ruling that touched on subjects required to remain confidential under baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

"The players' association believes those matters should stay confidential," he said.

Jordan Siev, a ReedSmith lawyer representing Rodriguez, said "we're perfectly content to file the complaint unredacted."


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richard lipsit January 14 2014 at 11:15 AM

the evidence, that his phone records indicate he made and received these messages, are correct, it's a slam dunk.!!!!!

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allenconsulting January 14 2014 at 11:15 AM

Look at all the people involved in all this doping and what do most of them have in common?

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allenconsulting January 14 2014 at 11:17 AM

He has cheating in his blood..He will never ever play fair.

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Dave allenconsulting January 14 2014 at 12:02 PM

Oh, you mean he's a professional athlete? They all do it.

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Mark January 14 2014 at 9:53 AM

Happy this is all coming out. Perhaps all sports can be clean again and we can see who is naturally great. Also, these athletes are paid too much. I went to see the Jets this past fall and tickets in the 200 section with parking at the Meadowlands was over $400. Crazy, right? Never again at those prices.

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Dave Mark January 14 2014 at 12:01 PM

Sports haven't been clean in your entire life. Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron are admitted PED users. The idea that professional athletes aren't always trying to get an edge is nonsense.

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paintcharmer January 14 2014 at 10:26 AM

Baseball was ruined for me when they went on strike and . I used to take my kids and some of there friends to Yankee Stadium, when Mickey Mantle was playing . I didn't make that much money, but it didn't cost that much and we had fun. I have never gone to a game after the strike and the only names of player's that i know are two., never watched it again. and the owners are as bad as the players . It's happening now in all sports. Money is the name of the game.

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pswid513 January 14 2014 at 10:55 AM

Couldn't of happened to a nicer guy . . . . . KARMA at it's best

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tcroof January 14 2014 at 11:17 AM

if your a sports figure you can get away with murder, he got less than deserved if any thing they should go back to his original 212 game penalty. It might be good to test all players prior to taking the field of any event, the money is definately there, should they test positive sports career just ended permanately

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jjdp January 14 2014 at 9:30 AM

Who cares? baseball was ruined for me as a child. The first time they went on strike. I was taught baseball was just a game, who cares if you win or lose it's not the end of the world. So disappointing when money became the game. Hard to teach our little ones it's only a game. Not just baseball but all sports. the only sport left is catch & release fishing.

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arcoregar January 14 2014 at 9:08 AM

So our federal judicial system doesn't have more important pressing matters than to hear a grown man cry who throws a ball for a living?

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ML January 14 2014 at 9:07 AM

cheater

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