Disgraced New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has voluntarily dropped his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball’s Players Association to overturn his record 162-game suspension, according to Newsday. Friday was the deadline for Rodriguez and his attorneys to reply to MLB and MLBPA’s request to have his lawsuit set aside.
Rodriguez has also dropped his “witch hunt” lawsuit against Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was not related to his suspension which he will reportedly accept.
Major League Baseball is happy with Rodriguez’s decision, which they revealed in the following statement:
We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire.
Major League Baseball’s Players Association followed suit with a similar statement:
Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit. His decision to move forward is in everyone’s best interest.
Both statements are complimentary of his decision, but the fact that it was necessary is very unfortunate. It is still unknown whether he will remain a Yankee when he returns to the playing field in 2015. There are still many questions to be answered and that will be the case for a while.
Also, Rodriguez’s attorney Joseph Tacopina has told ESPN NY that his client will not attend Spring Training, which was a heavily asked question.
This is likely just the beginning, we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.