Alex Rodriguez, banned from baseball for the 2014 season for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED scandal, has dropped a lawsuit he filed against Major League Baseball and the players union.
Rodriguez’s representatives filed suit shortly after arbitrator Frederic Horowitz upheld most of MLB's suspension of Rodriguez that was issued last August. Horowitz kept in place 162 games of Rodriguez's original 211-game ban.
Rodriguez’s lawyers, most notably Joseph Tacopina, had argued that the Yankees third baseman was the victim of a “witch hunt,” and that the players union breached its "duty of fair representation.”
Friday was the deadline for Rodriguez’s legal team to respond to MLB/MLBPA’s request to have the case dismissed, Newsday reported. Instead, Rodriguez’s team dropped the case.
For its part, MLB applauded Rodriguez’s decision.
"We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez's actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire."
In a statement, the players union echoed MLB.
"Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit. His decision to move forward is in everyone’s best interest."
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According to reports, Rodriguez’s legal filing leaves open the possibility of re-filing the lawsuit, although the righthanded slugger himself has seemed resigned to missing the season.
At a promotional appearance in Mexico last month, he said, “I think 2014 will be a year to rest mentally and physically prepare myself for the future and begin a new chapter of my life.”