Alex Rodriguez gets to start arguing his case Monday.
In a hearing room before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, lawyers for the New York Yankees third baseman will argue why the 211-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball on Aug. 5 should be overturned.
''Obviously this is going to be a grueling process all the way through,'' Rodriguez said. ''This has been a burden. It's been a big burden. So let's get it on.''
A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez is fifth on the career home run list with 654. The Major League Baseball Players Association says the penalty imposed by baseball commissioner Bud Selig is excessive. Unless there is a settlement, a decision isn't expected until the winter.
A veteran of baseball salary arbitration, the 64-year-old Horowitz took over as the sport's grievance arbitrator in June 2012 from Shyam Das, fired a month earlier by management after almost 13 years. Das had overturned a 50-game suspension of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun in February afte...