It’s pretty common knowledge that Alex Rodriguez has few friends in Major League Baseball. But throughout this whole ordeal with Major League Baseball, there hasn’t been a multitude of his peers speaking out against his decision to fight Bud Selig and the powers that be. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if many of his peers secretly cheered him on as he fought Selig. But that was before he decided to not only sue MLB, but also the MLBPA.
So now the sentiment amongst some of his peers, especially those serving in the player’s union, is far from supportive. In fact, according to Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, players were “outraged” when they learned ARod was suing the union. And they all had one question, could he be kicked out of the union?
On a conference call of perhaps 40 players and board members held Jan. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., outraged union members repeatedly requested that Rodriguez be expelled, sources said. Following a roll call of players present on the line, according to one participant and another familiar with the call, the first player to speak asked bluntly: Can we kick him out of the union?
Advised by union leadership that was not possible, more players nonetheless expressed the same opinion. Not a single member defended Rodriguez, one player said, in a forum where there are frequent disagreements.
“That’s what everyone was thinking,” the player said. “We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,] ‘This is our game and we don’t want you in it.’”
Suing the league is one thing, but suing the organization that defends you against the league is another. But all that matters not to ARod because he has his mind made up that everyone is out to get him, the player’s union included.