211 games?

Monday, Commissioner Bud Selig proposed suspension of Alex Rodriguez for 211 games, or the remainder of the 2013 season and all of the 2014 season for multiple allegations of misconduct. The reason I say “proposed suspension,” rather than “suspended,” is because under the Joint Drug Agreement (JDA) between MLB and the Major League Players Association, […]

ARod, the JDA and the CBA

Now that Major League Baseball has announced that it will suspend Alex Rodriguez on Monday, there are a host of questions that need to be answered. Initially, it was reported that the Commissioner was planning to suspend A-Rod under the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), rather than the Joint Drug Agreement (JDA) in […]

MLB’s difficulties in the Biogenesis case

Major League Baseball’s intent to suspend the players linked with the Biogenesis investigation raises some interesting questions. I reviewed some of them in this piece. I also discussed the logistical difficulties with suspending 20 or more players at the same time in a second, concluding that these cases are best heard in the offseason. This […]

So many hearings, so little time

Another leak sprang from Major League Baseball the other day about its plan to suspend more than 20 players for alleged links to a reputed performance-enhancing drug distributor firm Biogenesis. This time, the news is that baseball will be ready to announce its suspensions shortly after the All-Star Game. Last column I discussed why the […]

Does MLB have a case this time?

Just cause doesn’t mean just ‘cause. You’re probably thinking about your non-unionized workplace. Your employer can discipline or fire you for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. In a workplace represented by a union, like Major League Baseball’s, it doesn’t work that way. In cases of conduct and discipline, the […]