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03-01-00, 08:52 AM
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March 1, 2000


Decision on Rocker Due Today; Ban May Be Cut

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By MURRAY CHASS
ohn Rocker, the Atlanta Braves pitcher who criticized many segments of society in a magazine interview, is expected to have his 73-day suspension reduced today by baseball's impartial arbitrator.
Shyam Das, the arbitrator, will issue his decision on Rocker's appeal of the suspension, and indications point to a reduction in the penalty imposed by Commissioner Bud Selig.

Neither Rob Manfred, management's chief labor executive, nor Donald Fehr, head of the players association, would comment on the pending decision. They, with Das, are members of the three-man panel that hears appeals of disciplinary action by the commissioner. However, one baseball official said Rocker was expected to be allowed to join the Braves in spring training as early as tomorrow.

Scott Sanderson, a former pitcher, testified at the hearing of Rocker's appeal of the suspension about the negative effects an abbreviated spring training could have on Rocker.

When Selig announced his suspension of the 25-year-old closer on Jan. 31, he said Rocker would have to miss all 45 days of spring training and the first four weeks of the season, returning to the Braves on May 1. He said Rocker could begin working out in the Braves' extended spring training April 3, the day the season begins for most teams, and then work with their minor league teams until joining the Braves.

It was unclear how Das would treat the four weeks of the season Rocker is supposed to miss. No ruling is final until Das signs it and issues it to both sides.

Rocker agreed to a one-year contract with Atlanta yesterday.




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AnskyGal7
03-01-00, 01:02 PM
good for rocker, let him continue to be atlanta's problem...but oh how i would love to see him play for the mets...

well hopefully he'll be back playing by march 11, so i can witness the new york fans tear him apart at legends field.

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