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While baseball arbitration is considered an informal process, legal experts view the potential testimony by Manfred as unusual. “Rules of evidence would prohibit a hearing officer from testifying at his own hearing,” New Jersey attorney John Furlong said. “If he does testify, it speaks volumes to the lack of adherence to a semblance of evidence protocol.” Manhattan attorney Stephan Kallas added, “I would think down the road if Alex Rodriguez decides to bring the arbitration decision to a federal judge that it’s possible that a judge would frown upon this method of arbitration.”
Manfred is the league’s representative on the three-person panel overseeing the arbitration process, but he has no say in the final decision made by chief arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ...
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“Rules of evidence would prohibit a hearing officer from testifying at his own hearing,” New Jersey attorney John Furlong said.
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