Manfred, who is part of the three-person panel with Players Association general counsel David Prouty and chief arbitrator Fredric Horowitz continued, saying, "This latest sad chapter in Mr. Rodriguez's tarnished career is yet another example of this player trying to avoid taking responsibility for his poor choices."
For his comments, Rodriguez's lawyer has called for Manfred to be removed from the arbitration panel hearing the appeal.
“Rob Manfred has gone so far over the line with his latest slanderous attack against Alex (which presumably was approved by Commissioner Selig) that we demand the other two arbitration panel members immediately remove Manfred from the panel hearing Alex's appeal,” Joseph Tacopina said in a statement Thursday.
“Indeed, we do not see how he can continue to hold any position of responsibility within Major League Baseball. But we will leave that to the conscience and judgment of the owners within the league.”
The MLB responded, saying the claim was "delusional."
“Mr. Tacopina's latest rant is so delusional it doesn't warrant a response,” the league said in a statement.
“The fact that Mr. Tacopina has now asked for two of the three panel members to be recused tells you everything you need to know."
Rodriguez's arbitration hearing is scheduled to resume November 18 and end by Thanksgiving.
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