MLB Players Wanted Alex Rodriguez Expelled From Union, AP Says

Major League Baseball players unsuccessfully tried to get Alex Rodriguez ejected from their union for suing it, the Associated Press reported.

Union lawyers told players on a conference call Jan. 13 that expulsion wasn’t possible, the AP report said, citing a person familiar with the details who wasn’t identified.

New York Yankees third baseman Rodriguez will sit out the 2014 season if he fails to convince a federal judge to reduce or rescind his 162-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The longest drug-related ban in MLB history will cost Rodriguez $25 million in salary.

Rodriguez is suing MLB and the union after his original 211-game ban was reduced on appeal. Rodriguez accuses MLB of violating the sport’s labor agreement by holding his appeal in front of a biased arbitrator, and says the union abdicated its responsibility to represent him.

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