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Report: Players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of union

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks off the field after

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks off the field after striking out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning. (Sept. 17, 2013) Credit: AP

Some angry players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued the Major League Baseball Players Association on Jan. 13 as part of his federal lawsuit to overturn a 162-game suspension, according to Yahoo Sports.

According to Yahoo, players on a 90-minute conference call were told by union executives that Rodriguez could not legally be expelled from the union.

The report said the conference call of around 40 players and union board members was held the same day Rodriguez filed his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the MLBPA to challenge the ban for his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.

According to the report, no players who spoke on the conference call defended Rodriguez, who was represented by the union as well as private lawyers in an arbitration against MLB's original penalty, which was 211 games. The penalty was reduced by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Rodriguez's lawsuit claims the union "completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez" during the arbitration hearing. It also criticized the late union chief Michael Weiner for suggesting in a radio interview that Rodriguez should take a deal from baseball. Weiner died in November of brain cancer.

"It's beyond disappointment," said a player involved in union leadership who was on the conference call, according to Yahoo. "What brought it beyond disappointment was the fact he's suing the union. Guys understand people make bad decisions, they lie when they're embarrassed or trying to avoid punishment. Those are human qualities. Guys understand. But what made guys incensed is he would bring a suit against the union."

A union spokesman Tuesday night said, "We do not comment publicly on internal conversations between players and union staff."

A spokesman for Rodriguez did not respond to a request for comment.

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