Several angry major league players wanted
The players spoke Jan. 13 during a
Details were first reported Tuesday by Yahoo Sports and later confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the call. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
The union and Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz declined comment.
All players in the major leagues are members of the union and pay $65 daily in dues, or $11,895 if a player is in the big leagues for a full season. Baseball's labor contract specifies the union is "the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for all major league players."
The union will incur costs of defending the lawsuit by the
Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games by baseball Commissioner
Rodriguez agreed to a $275-million, 10-year contract with the Yankees after the 2007 season. Horowitz's decision cost Rodriguez $22.13 million of his $25-million salary this year; the three-time
MLB and the union have agreed to follow their previous methodology for luxury tax payrolls in dealing with Rodriguez's suspension. He will count as $3,155,738 this year for the Yankees, which is 21-183rds of the $27.5 million average annual value he would have been listed at. Horowitz ruled Rodriguez loses 162 days' pay over the 183-day season.