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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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mrbosox2004 January 14 2014 at 3:04 PM

A rod is a cheater period. Except your fate you overpaid bum.

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syl1969 January 14 2014 at 2:44 PM

I'm just so sick and tired of this lying cheater... and to think of how Pete Rose is banned for life for betting on games. Just doesn't seem fair they tolerate drugs but not bets. WTH?

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Dave January 15 2014 at 12:15 PM

I had to reply. PETE ROSE ADMITTED TAKING PED'S!!!!!! What is with Pete Rose fans not knowing anything about Pete Rose???

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DON January 14 2014 at 1:14 PM

He got off easy in my opinion. A life ban was in order. When do we send the message that cheating will NOT be tolerated.

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mike krachala January 14 2014 at 1:20 PM

ya they ****** Pete Rose but they let this trash bag off. Alex isn't half the player Rose was or half the man.

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Dave January 15 2014 at 12:18 PM

Pete Rose admitted to taking PED's too. And A-Rod was a far superior player. Give me a break. It would take you 2-3 minutes to look it up and see that they aren't even in the same league. Geeze.

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redvdub1 January 14 2014 at 12:40 PM

Regardless of what one "believes" the fact is that Alex Rodriguez never tested positive and was convicted on evidence presented by paid (read bought) testimony from an unknown and a known (sleazy) drug dealer. If I were on a jury I would never accept that kind of evidence as proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. And I don't believe that masking was used to prevent detection just in the case of Alex Rodriguez. That guy from Florida did not even testify that he used masking agents. I believe Alex has to get the benefit of the doubt even tho......

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mrbosox2004 January 14 2014 at 3:05 PM

U must be a yankee fan. A- Rod got caught twice already for cheating. They should ban him from baseball.

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tjiordano January 15 2014 at 12:05 PM

I agree

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bharrison777 January 14 2014 at 12:14 PM

Take a look at some of the high school propects that colleges are looking at. You don't get that big and fast without some help. Sure they use what ever they can to get to a college and you can bet you ass they use to get and stay in their professional sport. To much money at stake.

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MARIA SPENCER January 14 2014 at 12:07 PM

I just don' t get it. If you wanna take steroids take steroids. If there are terrible side effects its your choice. There are side effects from alcohol and tobacco and we can not tell adults not to drink or smoke. Professional athletes usually start taking steroids before they make it to the pro's. The league knows that but they don't tell future players that if they take steroids at anytime in their life they will not be considered for a professional team. Instead they send the message if you get caught after making the team we will suspend you and fine you. I don't know about you, but If I wanted to be a professional athlete I would take the steroids.

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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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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 January 14 2014 at 12:02 PM

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

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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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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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