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Monday, May 14, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball management has fired Shyam Das, the arbitrator who overturned Ryan Braun’s drug suspension in February.
MLB informed Das and the players’ association of its decision last week. Das had been baseball’s permanent arbitrator since 1999, part of what technically is a three-man panel that also includes a representation of management and labor.
‘‘Shyam is the longest-tenured panel chair in our bargaining relationship,’’ union head Michael Weiner said. ‘‘For 13 years, from the beginning to the end of his tenure, he served the parties with professionalism and distinction.’‘
Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement says the arbitrator can be removed by the players’ association or management at any time with written notice.
The sides will now try to select a successor. If they cannot agree, baseball’s collective bargaining agreement calls for them to ask the American Arbitration Association for a list of ‘‘prominent, professional arbitrators.’’ The sides would then alternate striking names from the list until one remains.
Das, a graduate of Harvard and Yale University Law School, also has been an arbitrator for the NFL since 2004 and is scheduled to hear a grievance in the New Orleans Saints bounty case on Wednesday.
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