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Union head: No issues with A-Rod going forward

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Union head Tony Clark says the players' association has no issues going forward with suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and the players' association in January in an effort to overturn a season-long suspension, then dropped the lawsuit this month. Rodriguez initially was suspended for 211 games in August by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, and the union filed a grievance to overturn the discipline. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz shortened the penalty after a hearing the three-time AL MVP claimed was flawed.

"The page has been turned," Clark said Monday after holding the union's annual spring training meeting with Yankees' players.

Rodriguez was among 14 players suspended last summer following MLB's investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned substances. He was the only player to contest his penalty.

"I'm comfortable with the process that is in place," Clark said. "A player has an opportunity to go through the process as one of the players did. Others decided not to go through the process."

Rodriguez will be 39 when eligible to return next year and has three seasons and $61 million left in his record million, 10-year contract with the Yankees.

Clark has not talked with Rodriguez since the litigation against the union was dropped on Feb. 7.

"Alex is a member of the player's association," Clark said. "He will serve the penalty that he's been given by the arbitrator, and he will come back in spring training ready to go wherever that happens to be. He's under contract with the Yankees. I would expect him to be in camp with the Yankees. Am I concerned about anything beyond that? No."

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jda475 February 25 2014 at 3:02 AM

Coincidence that Jeter retires this year. NOT! He doesn't want to be around for the circus when A-Roid returns in 2015 to collect his money. Enjoy your beautiful home in Tampa, Derek! You earned it legitimately.

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asgjim February 24 2014 at 5:49 PM

These guys belong to the Hall of Shame and need to be banned from the Hall of Fame. http://www.change.org/petitions/national-baseball-hall-of-fame-and-museum-ban-from-induction-into-the-hall-of-fame-any-player-that-was-disciplined-by-major-league-baseball-for-behavior-involving-steroids?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created

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sydsdaddie asgjim February 24 2014 at 6:08 PM

the hall of fame is a joke without Pete Rose...who cares about steroids....we want gladiators

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Hello Keith sydsdaddie February 24 2014 at 6:46 PM

I agree that Pete Rose should be in the HOF. What he did on the field as a player should not interfere with what he did as a manager. As a player, he deserves to be there, as a manager, no way, What Baseball needs to do is separate the two. Baseball needs to get it right....Elect Shoeless Joe jackson as well!

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steelsurgery February 25 2014 at 10:11 AM

That is what unions do....they stand by their members, no matter what. I've seen people in the workplace get protection from the union that I'd never want to work for me.

That being said, I'm a little biased anyway...not a big Arod fan. He's never been worth the money that the Yankees have paid him. He's pompous, arrogant, and sneaky. Otherwise, I'm sure he's a great guy....the ladies seem to dig him!

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casey February 24 2014 at 6:36 PM

A-ROID its not my fault! it was anti-aging stuff. B !@#$%T

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dl0007 February 25 2014 at 7:12 AM

He's gone for a year (Thank God!). Please, let it and us rest for the year! No more stories!

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htmiata February 24 2014 at 6:26 PM

The only reason to not continue on with the lawsuit is the amount of information that will be forthcoming that confirms his usage........he wanted to be the only member of the 800 club and now he will be just one more of the bums that used to try and change history........

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ctct18 htmiata February 24 2014 at 6:49 PM

That and saving about 10 million dollars in legal fees.

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eaglekeeper73 February 24 2014 at 6:27 PM

Who pays for this in the long run, the fans.

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bjamebon3 February 24 2014 at 6:36 PM

Hmmm, what is the small victory they say he won ? They didn't go into that part .

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ctct18 bjamebon3 February 24 2014 at 6:48 PM

The victory is that the union isn't going to toss his butt out for trying to sue them.

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alpentalgods February 24 2014 at 8:52 PM

one winy guy.pro sports are a joke.they can pay these guys so much mony and cant afford their own place to play.just like the nfl and all others.dont use my taxes for these fools.boy cotthe pro sports.

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intense258 alpentalgods February 24 2014 at 10:32 PM

LaBron is on roids his head is huge now for sure he is huiced up

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royjones2 February 25 2014 at 8:28 AM

If he plays another game, it says a lot about baseball, and about us as a society.

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