NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. Horowitz was in the midst of presiding over the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn the suspension given to Rodriguez by Major League Baseball for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract.
A person familiar with the session said that after Horowitz made his ruling, Rodriguez slammed a table, uttered a profanity at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and left. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because what takes place at the hearing is supposed to be confidential.
In a statement Rodriguez said he was disgusted with what he called, "this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails." He added, "the absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."
Later, appearing on WFAN radio, Rodriguez said, "''I'm done. I don't have a chance." He added, "My position doesn't change. I didn't do it."