Arbitrator to decide A-Rod’s fate

Alex Rodriguez’s grievance will be heard by Fredric Horowitz, a 64-year Californian who rose from the ranks of serving on salary arbitration panels to become baseball’s lone arbitrator for grievances. He was named after Shyam Das was removed after his decision in 2012 to overturn Major League Baseball’s 50-game suspension of the Brewers’ Ryan Braun.

The arbitrator’s salary is jointly paid by MLB and the Players Association. Either side can dismiss him for any reason.

Horowitz has been an arbitrator since 1988, presiding over such matters as salary arbitration in the National Hockey League to disputes in the airline industry, postal service and county civil service issues.

Horowitz is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.