According to Steven Marcus of Newsday, Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing will begin on September 30, the day after the regular season ends.
The hearing could reportedly take “several days” and arbitrator Fredric Horowitz will have “25 days to render his decision.” Rodriguez will not be forced to attend the hearings unless Horowitz requests his presence.
Something that could throw a wrench in the schedule is the Yankees making the playoffs. If that happens, Rodriguez wouldn’t be available to participate in the hearings. And since he has the right to be present during the proceedings, the hearings will be pushed back according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.
Marchand also points out that the Yankees are really concerned about when a resolution to all of this takes place. If the Yankees do make the playoffs and make a deep run, their 2014 payroll could be in limbo.
The timing of Horowitz’s decision could have an impact on the Yankees’ offseason plans. Team owner Hal Steinbrenner has...