What is the CBA and How Can MLB Suspend Alex Rodriguez for Violating It?

JD Sports Fan


The latest news to emerge in the ‘Biogenesis’ saga is that Major League Baseball (MLB) may seek to suspend Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for violating the labor agreement rather than for violating the drug policy. The likely reason MLB is moving in this direction is, based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between MLB and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA), a player who is suspended under the drug policy may continue playing if the MLBPA files a grievance or appeal on his behalf. If a player is suspended for violating terms of the CBA, he must immediately sit out.

So what exactly does it mean for baseball to suspend Rodriguez under the CBA? What is a CBA? CBA’s are brought up very often in a sports context and usually are not explained in depth (for good reason) on major media platforms. I discussed the NBA’s CBA in a previous…

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