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Arbitrator who’ll hear grievance in bounty case gets fired by MLB

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On Wednesday, Shyam Das will take up the question of whether the penalties imposed on four players arising from the bounty investigation:  (1) were waived by the 2011 CBA; and (2) if not, nevertheless must be appealed not to the Commissioner but to Art Shell or Ted Cottrell.

On Monday, Das was fired from one of his other sports gigs.

As our drum-set-touching stepbrothers at HardballTalk.com explain it, Major League Baseball has exercised its unilateral right to dump Das, who had managed to avoid either management or the union firing him for 13 years.  It’s believed that the scuttling of the Ryan Braun suspension served as the catalyst for change.

It’s unclear what, if any, impact the development will have on Das as he prepares to take up the bounty case on Wednesday.  It’s possible that he’ll try, consciously or otherwise, to find a way to make both sides happy — perhaps by making the league-friendly decision that the new CBA didn’t absolve players of any and all past sins and in turn making the player-friendly decision that one or more of the appeals should be heard not by Goodell but by Shell or Cottrell.

A separate grievance will be heard on May 30 by Special Master Stephen Burbank, who will address whether the penalties fall within his jurisdiction, under the argument that they ultimately arise from violations of the salary cap via paying extra money to players through the pay-for-performance/bounty system.

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6 Responses to “Arbitrator who’ll hear grievance in bounty case gets fired by MLB”
  1. sportmentary says: May 15, 2012 7:53 AM

    This guy is a fraud and it’s unfortuante he has any involvement in the bounty case.

  2. nolahxc says: May 15, 2012 8:30 AM

    I want to be called Special Master.

  3. kidpresentable says: May 15, 2012 10:04 AM

    For 13 years the guy ruled on the side of MLB and not the player. The one time he rules in favor of the player because of a flaw in evidence handling (a second player got his suspension overturned for the same reason this week), and he gets fired.

    If this were a crime scene, and those collecting evidence kept it in their basement for two days before taking it to the lab, the evidence would be tossed out. This guy basically applied the same standards to a drug testing case and gets fired.

  4. kathyisintheroom says: May 15, 2012 11:18 AM

    Let’s be more accurate.
    There was no “pay-for-performance/bounty system”.

    There was only a pay-for-performance system.

  5. pftisahalftruth says: May 15, 2012 12:54 PM

    Baseball wants a “yes-man” out of their “independent” arbitrator…and that is a damn shame. just another reason why baseball is a broken sport.

  6. darthsaint says: May 16, 2012 11:00 AM

    I would argue a good “yes man” is EXACTLY what Goodell not only wants right now…he absolutely NEEDS it.

    Seriously, if Goodell actually has to ever show his so called “evidence” to unbiased eyes. The real story here will slap the NFL upside its head to a degree none of us as fans of football will enjoy. Even I, as a Saints fan, who seeks some level of vindication, doesn’t want that. Because it WILL minimize and hurt the game.

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