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Former baseball union chief Donald Fehr won't comment on Alex Rodriguez case

Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players'

Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, speaks to the media following talks after meeting with the NHL. (Nov. 9, 2012) Credit: AP

Donald Fehr is staying out of the Alex Rodriguez saga.

Fehr, who served as the Major League Baseball Players Association chief from 1986 to 2009 and now holds the same position with the National Hockey League Players Association, was at Yankee Stadium Thursday for a formal announcement of the two outdoor hockey games in January.

Rodriguez was suspended 211 games Monday as part of MLB's Biogenesis probe. He formally filed an appeal of the suspension Wednesday.

"Since I left the baseball players association, I haven't made any comments on baseball. That's Mike's job," Fehr said, referring to his successor, Michael Weiner. "And it's appropriate for me to stay out, and that's basically what I'm going to do."

Fehr said he remains in touch with Weiner, who has been battling a brain tumor for a year, "but we don't talk about this very much," Fehr said. "I don't really understand what the underlying facts are because I haven't been part of it.

"It's all confidential with the lawyers and all the rest of it. So basically, all I can say is that I've got complete confidence in the team that is there to represent the players to the best of their ability, and entirely professionally.

"And any player who wants to have a hearing has the absolute right to have a hearing, and then the facts will be what the facts are. That's about all you can say."

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