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EVANSTON, Ill. -The Missouri State swimming & diving team each finished third overall in the TYR Invitational, hosted by Northwestern Sunday.
The men scored 876.5 points while the women had 583. The host Wildcats swept the team titles, scoring 1,054.5 and 1,066 points on the men’s and women’s sides, respectively.
Day 3 Recap
Missouri State won five events on the final day, including sophomore Isaac Springer claiming the 200-yard breaststroke in a school-record and NCAA consideration time of 1:58.44. Springer qualified for the championship final with an NCAA `B’ cut time of 1:59.60 and went on to set the school mark, which had been held by Cajun Skinnersince the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Championships.
Springer’s `B’ cut in the event was one of three on the day for the Bears. Other event wins came from junior Paul Lein the 50-yard backstroke as well as the 200 back. Le was victorious in the 200 back in an NCAA consideration time of 1:43.42, while winning the 50 in 22.42.
Senior Renata Sanderwon the women’s 200 breast in 2:15.01, a NCAA `B’ time and season best.
The last championship final win of meet for MSU came from sophomore Dora Kiss, who paced the field in the 200 butterfly in 2:01.44. Sophomore Ibby Simcox also won the consolation final (2:03.82) and junior Roni Balzam(2:06.42) finished third in the consolation final and 11th overall. All three posted season bests in the event.
Senior Yuri Garanito was fourth in the 200 back in a season-best time of 1:49.30, while sophomore Jack Snowcame up with a solid 23.50 to win the 50 back consolation final.
Sophomore Uvis Kalninsset a new personal best in the 200 breast of 2:01.72.
The Bears’ distance freestylers had strong showing on Sunday. Sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburgclocked a personal best in the 1,659 free in a time of 16:47.14 to finish second. Sophomore Miguel Davilawas second in the men’s race, as well, in an NCAA consideration time of 15:20.18, while freshmanNaresh Naik (15:43.91) and senior Jared Roberts(15:48.51) touched sixth and seventh respectively.
Divers, juniors Garrett Nevels, Elijah Swaim and Zach Wheelerwent 4-5-6 in the men’s platform event to combine for 42 points for the Bears. In a rare opportunity to compete in platform, as MSU does not have the event, Nevels led the squad with 225.23 points. Swaim had 190.35 and Wheeler 134.33.
Le was the meet’s second highest individual point producer with 92, behind Northwestern’s Andrew Jovanovic (95). Sander was the highest-scoring woman for the Bears, finishing third overall with 75 points. NU’s Lacey Locke (99) and Lauren Abruzzo (93) took top honors for the Wildcats.
Missouri State is off until mid-December when it travels to Jenks, Okla., to take on TCU in a two-day meet starting Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.
Day 2 Recap
Junior Paul Lebegan the day qualifying first overall for the 100 backstroke championship final in a NCAA `B’ time of 47.24, which at the time, was the second-best time in the nation this season. But the Moore, Okla., native went even lower in the finals.
He won the championship final in 47.09, and in the process, became the national leader in the event.
Sophomore Uvis Kalninsbested the 400-yard individual medley field by over six seconds and broke the Missouri State school record in 3:50.51. Vic Reffel set the previous mark of 3:51.79 at the 2009 Sun Belt Conference championships. Kalnins’ effort also put him under the `B’ standard for the event.
The Bears swept the men’s and women’s 100 breaststroke events in NCAA `B’ cut times from senior Renata Sander and Isaac Springer. Sander clocked in at a season-best 1:02.10 and Springer had a career-best 54.61.
Senior Anna Ahlinachieved the final `B’ cut for the Bears Saturday. She finished second in the women’s 100 backstroke in 54.93, lowering her `B’ time swum Friday in the 400-medley relay.
The Bears nearly set a Norris Aquatics Center and second school record of the day in the 200-medley relay. Missouri State finished under the 141.88 mark set by a Wisconsin relay team in 2009 as well as being clear of the school mark of 1:42.03 established last year, but an early takeoff on the last leg of the race disqualified the relay.
Nevertheless, the events of the first race of Saturday finals jumpstarted the Bears for a solid evening session.
Sophomore Dora posted a season best in the 400 IM of 4:25.45 to take fourth-place points in the event. Freshman CeCe Etter set a career best by nine seconds of 4:25.51 to finish sixth.
Freshmen Naresh Naik (4:01.62) and senior Colin Hill (4:05.29) were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 400 IM championship final in season-best times for both.
Junior Roni Balzam swam a season-best 56.83 for sixth in the women’s 100 butterfly and classmate Matthew Wilson swam a career-best 48.98 in the men’s race for fifth place.
The Bears lead the fourth-place men’s team Illinois-Chicago, which has 251 points. Kenyon (214), North Dakota (177.5) and Truman State (97) round out the field.
On the women’s side, Missouri State leads Bowling Green (366), Illinois-Chicago (269), North Dakota (194), Truman State (138), Kenyon (138) and Northern Iowa (29).
The meet wraps up with prelims at 9 a.m., Sunday followed by finals at 3 p.m.
Day 1 Recap
The Missouri State women earned a pair of event victories on the day, with senior Renata Sander winning the 50-yard breaststroke in 28.34, after qualifying for the championship final first overall in 28.65.
Sander teamed with classmate Anna Ahlin and juniors Roni Balzam and Shannon Myer to win the 400-yard medley relay in 3:46.42 against quality Big Ten competition in the host Wildcats and Michigan State. Ahlin, who had not swum in over a month due to injury, led off the race with a 54.94 100-backstroke split to make the NCAA `B’ cut.
Ahlin also posted a fourth-place finish in the 50 free championship final, swimming 23.75 to earn 15 points for the Bears. Sander was also fourth in the 200 IM in a season-best and conference-leading time of 2:05. 28.
Freshmen Lauren Pavel and Anna Bump came up big in the 50 breaststroke in 30.08 and 30.27, respectively, to garner seventh- and eighth-place points.
Sophomore Dora Kiss set a season best in the 500 free, going 4:56.11 to take fourth in the event with juniorSuzanne Van Rensburg (4:57.77) finishing seventh.
Sophomore Emily Chesser was 12th overall in the 200 IM in 2:06.66, the second-best time for MSU this season in the race, to pick up five points.
Overall, the Bears trail just Northwestern (288) after the first day of action. Bowling Green (195), Michigan State (193), Illinois-Chicago (122), North Dakota (108), Kenyon (66), Truman State (55) and Northern Iowa (21) round out the women’s field.
Junior Paul Le continued to impress for the men’s squad Friday. He broke the Missouri State school 50-free record in the prelims in 20.22 to qualify for the championship final second. Le and sophomore Uvis Kalninsthen went 1-2 in the 200 IM championship final in 1:47.41 and 1:47.51, respectively, putting them both under the NCAA `B’ standard.
Le had just four minutes between the 200-IM final and the 50-free final but was able to touch in 21.40 to finish seventh. Sophomore Jack Snow was third in the 50 free in a season-best time of 20.86.
Junior Garrett Nevels claimed the 1-meter dive with 331.5 points, topping a strong field by over 27 points.
Other quality swims came from sophomore Miguel Davila, who was fourth in the 500 free championship final in 4:28.81, while freshman Naresh Naik went 4:30.49 to place sixth.
Kalnins, Le, junior Vitalii Baryshok and Snow also combined for a second-place finish in the 200 free in 1:21.35.
Sophomore Isaac Springer (25.08) and junior Aaron Dennis (25.40) took second and third, respectively in the 50 breaststroke.
The men are just seven points behind Michigan State for second place in the team standings. NU (326) leads after the first day, while Illinois-Chicago (111), Kenyon (101), North Dakota (80) and Truman State (48) are fourth through seventh.
Willow Springs @ cabool
7th Grade scores: willow springs 43; cabool 6
Krysta Rader 12 points, Hannah Bradley 2, Madison Porter 12, Shiyanne Figley 8,
8th Grade scores: willow springs 36; cabool 17
Kianna Rothermich 16 points, Liliya Dudko 12, Olivia Darnell 8
Next game: Tuesday at home against Mountain Grove
(Ottumwa) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team will go into the Thanksgiving holiday break with a 6-3 record after splitting its games at the Bowling RV Classic Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, in Ottumwa, Iowa.
On Friday, the Grizzlies defeated Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College 89-80 for the second time in a week but fell to the No. 2 ranked Indian Hills Community College Warriors, the tournament’s hosts, 97-84 in a hard-fought contest.
“I am very proud of how our team competed against Indian Hills,” Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said. “We played well, outside of the turnovers.” The Grizzlies had 21 miscues in the contest, compared to the Warriors’ 10.
“We executed our game plan well for about 27 or 28 minutes. We were up at halftime and came out and scored the first basket of the second half,” Walker said. “Simply put, they are very explosive offensively. We did a great job on the offensive glass, and that helped keep the game within reach. We just didn’t absorb their second-half run.”
The Grizzlies went into the halftime break with a 45-37 advantage over the Warriors, but Indian Hills’ offense took over in the second half and gave them the advantage they needed to seal a victory.
On the boards, the Grizzlies were two grabs short of the Warriors, 48 to 50, but they had more rebounds off the offensive glass, 14 compared to the Warriors’ 12. Overall, the Grizzlies shot 41.7 percent from the field, hitting 25 of their 60 attempts; connected on five of 13 shots from 3-point range for 38.5 percent; and were 29 of 42 from the free throw line for 69 percent.
Sophomore guard Devaugntah Williams led the Grizzlies in scoring with 23 points, followed by fellow sophomore guards Jonathan Tshibuy with 19 and Arroyo Edwards with 15. Tshibuy also led the team in rebounding with eight grabs, including three offensive rebounds.
Indian Hills was led on the scoreboard by Roderick Bobbitt with 30 points, Lester Medford 16, and Marcus Posey and Quevyn Winter each with 13. Overall, the Warriors hit 32 of 70 shots from the field for 45.7 percent, four of 19 from 3-point range for 21.1 percent and 29 of 40 from the free throw line for 72.5 percent.
“What we did prove in this game is that we can play with anyone in the nation,” Walker said. “What we have to keep working towards is being able to beat everyone in the nation. It is a process and it isn’t easy. That is the challenge we have in front of us.
“But we can’t take anything away from Indian Hills,” the coach added. “They are a good team, and they have blown out at least one top 25 team. They average 111 points per game, and their opponents average 90. We took the fight to a good team,” Walker said.
Against Marshalltown, the Grizzlies’ size and ability to score in the paint made the difference, Walker said. “We also did a better job on their shooters and held them to 13 percent from the three,” he added.
“What it came down to was our play-making ability,” the coach said. “We got to the rim off of penetration pretty regularly and shot pretty well from the free throw line, especially late in the game. We just have to continue to learn how to finish teams off and keep the lead in double digits.”
The Grizzlies hit 33 of 60 shots from the field for 55 percent, four of 13 3-pointers for 30.8 percent and 19 of 30 attempts at the charity stripe for 63.3 percent. Leading scorers were Williams with 31 points, Edwards with 15 and redshirt freshman forward Ed Seay, Jr., with 12.
Marshalltown was 31 of 65 from the field for 47.7 percent and two of 15 from the three for 13.3 percent. Leading scorers were Tyrese Hoxter with 22 points, Triodell Carter 18, Raheim Holloway 14 and Jamal Gatali 11.
The Grizzlies will take the court next weekend, Nov. 29 and 30, at the PARC Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Region 16 rival Three Rivers College at the Gene Bess Activity Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. They will play ABCD Prep from Dallas, Texas, Nov. 29 and Quakerdale Prep from New Providence, Iowa, Nov. 30.
After a trip to Coffeyville, Kan., Dec. 5-7, to compete in the Coffeyville Resources Juco Elite 8 Tournament hosted by Coffeyville Community College, the Grizzlies will return home to host their own Grizzly Holiday Classic Dec. 13 and 14 in the Joe Paul Evans Arena at the West Plains Civic Center. The Grizzlies will play Quakerdale Prep at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and New Mexico Junior College of Hobbs at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. The tournament is being sponsored by CenturyLink.
For more information about the Grizzly Basketball team, including complete statistics from the games, visit wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb/.
(Casper, WY) – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament came to a heartbreaking end this afternoon for the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies.
The 12th seeded Grizzlies (23-14) fell to 13th seeded New Mexico Military Institute of Roswell (24-17) 20-25, 29-31, 20-25 in second-round action in the tournament’s consolation bracket. The loss puts the Grizzlies out of the tournament for this year.
Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said she was pleased with the effort her team put forth on the court today. “It was a good match. We dug the ball well, we did well with our passing and defense, and we had a lot of good swings. It just wasn’t enough,” she said.
The Grizzlies dug 66 balls in three games and matched New Mexico in nearly every other statistical area except hitting errors, and that’s what made a huge difference in the outcome, Wiedemann said.
“There was just a 12 point difference in the entire game, and they had 10 fewer hitting errors, so there’s the majority of your points,” she said. “We had done so well over the last month being patient, taking good swings, not giving up points, but it’s the little things that make the difference – taking care of the ball and not making errors. I really feel badly for the girls because they played hard today.”
The Grizzlies were up by 7 points in the first game before New Mexico began making a run and eventually took the first set. New Mexico maintained that momentum through the first half of the second set, but the Grizzlies came back and forced Broncos to six game points before the Broncos finally closed out the game. The Grizzlies and Broncos battled back and forth in the third game until the Broncos started pulling away from an 18-18 tie to win the match.
“Game two was a great game,” Wiedemann said. “They went after us, and we went after them. Neither team backed off. There was some good volleyball played in that game. But what it boiled down to was patience, and that’s where it became frustrating.”
Sophomore middle/outside attacker Nella Ioramo led the team offensively with 15 kills, followed by fellow sophomore outside attacker Helena Peric with 10. Freshman setter Brianna Zebert recorded 33 assists, and Ioramo and sophomore middle attacker Torika Baleilekutu each had two service aces.
Defensively, Zebert led the team in digs with 18, followed by freshman libero Alyssa Aldag with 13 and redshirt freshman defensive specialist Grace Kiely with 10. Baleilekutu recorded three blocks.
Despite the early exit from the tournament, Wiedemann said she has been very happy with her team and the support the players have received from the fans and the community. “This year has been great. We really appreciate the support we receive from the university and the community. Our main goal is to be a good representative of Missouri State-West Plains and the West Plains community, and I hope we’ve accomplished that goal,” Wiedemann said.
“I’ve really enjoyed coaching this team,” she added. “They’ve come a long way in two-and-a-half months.”
For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/. For more information about the national tournament, visit http://tbirds.info/.
(Casper, WY) – Dreams of a national championship will have to wait one more year for the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team.
The Grizzlies (23-13) lost to Hillsborough Community College of Tampa, Fla., 23-25, 13-25, 20-25 Thursday, Nov. 21, in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament in Casper, Wyo.
With the Grizzlies, seeded 12th in the tournament, move to the consolation bracket where they will meet 13th seeded New Mexico Military Institute of Roswell (23-17) at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) today. The highest the Grizzlies can place in this year’s tournament, which continues through Saturday, Nov. 23, is ninth.
This was the second year in a row the Grizzlies, who are making their 13th national tournament appearance, met the fifth-seeded Hawks in the opening round, and unfortunately, the results were the same as the previous year.
“They’re a very efficient team and well coached,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said this morning. “We just didn’t execute our game plan to put ourselves in a position to win.”
The Grizzlies had their opportunities in the first game to set the tone for the match, going up by as much as 7 points midway through the set. But adjustments by the Hawks and a lack of aggressiveness by the Grizzlies let the Hawks come back to take the game.
“Losing game one was huge,” Wiedemann said. “We were in a position to win it, and we weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be at the end, and that shifted momentum to them.”
The Hawks took off with that momentum in the second set and kept the Grizzlies at bay. “One of the things that we’ve done so well all season, and that we did in game one, was serving. But in the second set, we didn’t serve effectively enough to get them out of their offense. Their middles played fantastic, and we started making adjustments to compensate, but by that time, it was too late,” the coach explained.
Wiedemann said the flow of Hillsborough’s offense created problems in the Grizzlies’ defense. “Your instinct is to go with the flow of their offense when really you should go against it. If we could have done that better, it would have put us in a position to create better offense for us,” she said.
One major bright spot for the Grizzlies was the play of sophomore outside hitter Nella Ioramo, who had 19 kills on 38 attempts with six errors for an attacking percentage of .342. She also had seven digs.
“Nella had a phenomenal game,” Wiedemann said. “She was everywhere. Even some of her errors were good errors. She was taking good swings, pounding the ball, and she wasn’t sending the ball all over the gym. Her misses were just by inches, and she didn’t have an error in the last game.”
Wiedemann pointed out Hillsborough’s coach, Gary Larkin, even commented on Ioramo’s play after the match was over, saying “she was the best player on the court.”
Wiedemann also praised sophomore middle attacker Torika Baleilekutu and sophomore outside attacker Laiz Novaes. “Torika played very hard and showed great effort,” Wiedemann said. “Laiz played very well, too. She took care of the ball, got a couple of good kills and had other good swings without any errors.”
Today’s meeting against New Mexico will be the third meeting this season between the two teams. The teams split their earlier meetings, and Wiedemann said she expects another tough match.
Area residents who would like to watch the Grizzlies or any of the teams in action can do so locally by free live streaming video at http://www.njcaatv.com/volleyballchamp/. Times listed are MST, so area residents will need to add one hour to the listed time in order to tune in at the right time locally.
For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/. For more information about the national tournament, visit http://tbirds.info/.
Harlin Hutchison and the Grizzly Basketball team will be streaming live from Ottumwa, Iowa Friday starting at 4:30pm and again Saturday starting at 7pm.
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The Missouri State Lady Bears (1-2, 0-0 MVC) hit the road again this week as they head to Fayetteville for a 7 p.m. Friday game at Arkansas. The Razorbacks have been impressive in a 4-0 start with a 34.5-point average margin of victory in four home wins.
Friday’s game will mark Kellie Harper’s 300th as a head coach, and is Missouri State’s third in a stretch of eight consecutive contests against teams that played in either the NCAA Tournament, WNIT or Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2013.
After Friday, the Lady Bears host Quinnipiac at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26, with more than 1,000 area students already committed to attend for Elementary Day.
Missouri State finishes up its road-heavy early schedule Dec. 3 and 5 at Louisville and Eastern Kentucky before a three-game homestand at JQH Arena from Dec. 15-21.
Arkansas holds a 17-6 series lead over Missouri State, including a 9-2 mark in Fayetteville. The teams have met just once since 2002, a 65-64 Razorback victory in a 2011 WNIT second round match-up in Springfield.
Arkansas is 4-0 on the season and has defeated Sam Houston State, Oral Roberts, Furman and Middle Tennessee by an average of 34.5 points per game. Jessica Jackson has led the way thus far for the Razorbacks, averaging 17.8 points on 49 percent shooting as one of three Arkansas players scoring in double figures. As a team, the Razorbacks average 78 points and allow 43.5, limiting the opposition to 33.9 percent shooting. Arkansas shoots 45.5 percent overall, 42.3 percent on 3-pointers and 64.6 percent from the foul line.
Carl Junction, Lamar and Seneca combined to take up 26 of a possible 30 first-team selections on the offensive and defensive All Big 8 teams.
Carl Junction led the way with the most total first-team selections to the Big 8 All-Conference football team with 10. Doug Buckmaster was honored as the Coach of the Year for guiding the Bulldogs to an undefeated Big 8 slate.
Lamar had the second-most first-team selections with 9 total offensive and defensive choices. Ben and Sam Bailey were honored as the Co-Defensive Players of the Year.
Seneca had seven total first-team selections including two to senior Braxton Graham. He was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts in the backfield, and he was also a unanimous selection to the defense.
The complete teams are below.
(West Plains) – Coaches from Southwest Missouri met on Wednesday, November 13 to vote on Southwest Missouri All Conference Athletes.
The following Zizzers were selected.
1st Southwest Conference Team
2nd Southwest Conference Team
Honorable Mention Southwest Conference Team
Class 4 Coach of the Years for Boys in the Southwest Coaches Association is Joe Bill Dixon
NEW YORK (AP) – Alex Rodriguez has another walk-off to go along with the 11 game-ending hits in his big league career.
The New York Yankees star walked out in the middle of a session Wednesday, furious that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. The move, followed by angry statements accusing Selig of bias and the entire arbitration process of flaws, appeared to be a prelude to a lawsuit challenging whatever ruling Horowitz makes on A-Rod’s 211-game suspension.
Horowitz was in the midst of the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players’ association to overturn the penalty given to the three-time AL MVP by Major League Baseball in August for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.
”I lost my mind. I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room,” Rodriguez said during a 40-minute interview on WFAN radio. ”I probably overreacted, but it came from the heart.”
Rodriguez has not testified in the grievance and said he had been warned that repeating his denials of wrongdoing on the stand could result in attempts at additional discipline by MLB.
MLB argued that it could decide what witnesses it wanted to present to justify the discipline, since the penalty must meet a ”just cause” standard. The league said Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred spoke to reasoning behind the discipline during his six hours of testimony.
Rodriguez and the union asked Horowitz to compel Selig to testify. After the arbitrator refused, Rodriguez uttered a profanity at Manfred just before leaving the hearing room at MLB’s office, two people familiar with the proceedings said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because what takes place at the hearing is supposed to be confidential.
”In the entire history of the Joint Drug Agreement, the commissioner has not testified in a single case,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement. ”Major League Baseball has the burden of proof in this matter. MLB selected Rob Manfred as its witness to explain the penalty imposed in this case. Mr. Rodriguez and the players’ Association have no right to dictate how baseball’s case is to proceed any more than baseball has the right to dictate how their case proceeds. Today’s antics are an obvious attempt to justify Mr. Rodriguez’s continuing refusal to testify under oath.”
The hearing continued for about two hours after Rodriguez left the room, one of the people said, and was scheduled to resume Thursday morning.
Horowitz, chosen by management and the union as their independent arbitrator last year, has the discretion to eliminate the suspension or alter it. The statements by Rodriguez and lawyer James McCarroll made it appear the 14-time All-Star intends to sue MLB and the union unless the penalty is eliminated.
Rodriguez already has filed one suit against MLB and Selig, accusing them of a ”witch hunt,” and another against the Yankees team physician and his hospital, alleging malpractice in the diagnosis and treatment of a hip injury.
Manfred is technically part of a three-person arbitration panel that also includes union General Counsel David Prouty and is chaired by Horowitz
”I’m done. I don’t have a chance,” Rodriguez said during the WFAN interview.
He issued a statement earlier in the day attacking the procedures established in the agreements between MLB and the union.
”I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails,” Rodriguez said. ”I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process.
”This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players’ association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”
McCarroll blamed Horowitz for precluding evidence Rodriguez wanted to introduce and hinted of a court fight.
”Whether the case is finally decided in this forum, created by Major League Baseball, Bud Selig’s forum, or another forum, nobody is throwing the case out,” he said.
Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs or obstructing MLB’s investigation into the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez was the only one of the 14 players disciplined this summer to challenge his suspension.
”Over time, the arbitration process in baseball has been amazingly pro player,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said. ”It was that process which created free agency. It allowed Steve Howe to remain on the field despite numerous drug violations and resulted in the shortening of suspensions like John Rocker’s. The notion that this same process is not fair enough or good enough for Alex Rodriguez is ridiculous.”
Rodriguez said he had hoped to testify Friday. MLB had insisted Rodriguez submit to an ”investigatory interview” prior to his testimony, but he canceled his scheduled appearance last week, claiming illness. MLB agreed to waive its right to penalize him for testimony during an interview it might deem untruthful, one of the people said.
”The system is wrong, and whether you’re in federal court or state court or in kangaroo court that we are today, players need protection,” Rodriguez said on WFAN. ”The union has already told me that if I go on on Friday and they think I lied, they can give me say another 100 games, so now you’re to 311. So now we’ll appeal that. In the appeal process, I would say I didn’t do it, so now you’re up to 411, and this can go on for the next seven or eight years.”
He repeatedly disparaged Selig, who has been in charge of baseball since 1992 and said in September he plans to retire in January 2015. Rodriguez said Selig wants him as ”a trophy” to put ”in his big mantel on his way out.”
”My only message to the commissioner is, I know you don’t like New York, but come to New York and face the music. He hates my guts, there’s no question about it,” Rodriguez said. ”One hundred percent it’s personal, and I think this is about his legacy, and it’s about my legacy, and he’s trying to destroy me.”
Rodriguez said four years ago he used PEDs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He has denied using them since.
He briefly discussed his relationship with Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch, who is cooperating with MLB’s investigation.
”It was nutrition and it was weight loss,” Rodriguez said. ”And Bosch wasn’t the only guy. I traveled the world to see doctors, cutting-edge stuff, but always between the parameters of Major League Baseball. And I have hundreds of emails that will be part of evidence which I can’t get into that backs me up 100 percent.”