SHYMA DAS, FORMER MLB ARBITRATOR, BREAKS DOWN BASEBALL’S APPEALS PROCESS

“Most of the cases, there aren’t any [law] books to run to,” he said. “The law is what’s in the contract. And in this case, the parties’ joint drug agreement, that’s the law. The drug program itself sets forward the standard. It specifically states what has to be shown by the commissioner in order to have the discipline upheld. No arbitrator has the authority to deviate from the terms of the agreement. It’s entirely a rule of the agreement. How you do that in any given case may depend on specific facts.”

Das said the appeals hearings can take place in New York at MLB’s offices, the players association, in a hotel or even at the site of a player’s team.

“The procedure is informal, but it still follows a regular procedure in the sense the parties present an opening statement as to their relative position in the case, then they proceed to submit exhibits and testimony of witnesses,” Das said.

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