NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its players' union, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.
As part of the lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan, Rodriguez made public the 33-page decision. Earlier in the day, a federal judge turned down a request by Rodriguez to leave portions of the decision under seal. Rodriguez's lawyers had feared filing the complete versions might lead to additional discipline from MLB.
The three-time MVP was suspended for 211 games last August by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, and Horowitz reduced the penalty to 162 games plus any postseason games played by the Yankees this year.
The Rodriguez suit comes a day after the founder of a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic said during a "60 Minutes" interview he administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told the program that Rodriguez's actions were "beyond comprehension."