Report: Players Threaten To Hit A-Rod Hard At The Plate

Alex Rodriguez


A-Rod won’t have a friend in sight when he returns.

MLBPA reps held no punches on how they feel about A-Rod’s decision to sue the Player’s Union. Yahoo reported the inside details of the conference call from January 13.

On a conference call of perhaps 40 players and board members held Jan. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., outraged union members repeatedly requested that Rodriguez be expelled, sources said. Following a roll call of players present on the line, according to one participant and another familiar with the call, the first player to speak asked bluntly: Can we kick him out of the union?

Oh, and they want to hit him, too.

“When [Rodriguez] gets up to bat, you can hit him and hit him hard,” one player on the conference call told Yahoo Sports. “That’s what I’d do. He sued us. Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz screwed up. You know what? They owned up to it. They took their medicine.

“[Rodriguez] needs to be scared of coming back and facing people he sued. If he can’t fear the wrath of getting kicked out or not being included, he’s going to be forced out.”

One can certainly get why they’re angry, but from an outside looking in P.O.V one can see why A-Rod did what he did. The MLBPA loosely supported A-Rod post suspension, even going so far as to back the entire ‘judge and jury’ arbitration process, which damned A-Rod to begin with.

The question now is, besides money why would A-Rod even want to hurry back?