NEW YORK – Blocked from holding a news conference Monday to present a person they described as a “major league baseball whistleblower,” Alex Rodriguez’ lawyers asked that the rest of the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game drug suspension be opened to the public.
Rodriguez’ legal team called a 5 p.m. news conference at the Manhattan office of one of the law firms representing the New York Yankees third baseman. More than an hour later, lawyer James McCarroll said arbitrator Fredric Horowitz issued an order restraining them from “conducting any press conference or briefing regarding the subject matter of the hearing.”
The lawyers would not say whether the “whistleblower” worked for Major League Baseball, one of its teams or some other affiliate. Rodriguez’ attorneys repeatedly have complained about MLB’s investigation, describing it in a lawsuit as a “witch hunt” and alleging MLB paid for information and intimidated witnesses. Both sides have accused each other of leaking confidential information. MLB has denied any improprieties.