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Alex Rodriguez receives 162-game suspension

Jan 11, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been hit with a 162-game suspension from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, effectively ruling him out for the entire 2014 season. The suspension also covers the postseason.

Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension from MLB in August due to his alleged ties to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida which supplied performance-enhancing drugs. A number of high-profile players were suspended for their involvement in the scandal, including Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, and Jhonny Peralta, but Rodriguez received the biggest penalty of them all, allegedly for interfering with MLB’s investigation. While the other players connected to Biogenesis immediately accepted their suspensions, Rodriguez appealed and was able to finish out the season. Following a contentious arbitration process, Horowitz did not uphold the original ban, but this should be considered a major victory for MLB and commissioner Bud Selig. It is still the longest suspension under MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program. Guillermo Mota previously received a 100-game suspension in 2012.

The other big winner today, at least from a financial perspective, is the Yankees, who will no longer have Rodriguez’s salary ($25 million) on the books for the 2014 season. They might be able to keep their payroll under $189 million even if they sign Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Rodriguez, 38, will still be owed $61 million from 2015-2017, the final years of his 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees.

Below is a statement from Alex Rodriguez, who intends to take his fight against MLB to federal court:

“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable. This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review.

I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension. No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players’ contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining, and that the MLB investigation and arbitration process cannot be used against others in the future the way it is currently being used to unjustly punish me.

I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship. I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal.”

Major League Baseball was succinct in their statement, noting that they still feel 211 games was appropriate but that they respect the reduction:

“For more than five decades, the arbitration process under the Basic Agreement has been a fair and effective mechanism for resolving disputes and protecting player rights. While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the Panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game.”

The Yankees issued a brief statement as well:

“The New York Yankees respect Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the arbitration process, as well as the decision released today by the arbitration panel.”

162 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. alan3008 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    A-Roid is clearly in denial.
    Here’s a thought, A-Roid: You were only suspended for a year. Count your frikin blessings.
    Pete Rose, who never cheated while he was a player is banned for life and definitely needs to be re-instated. That is a damn shame, not your one year suspension.
    And A-Roid, have you been taking lessons on denial from Lance Armstrong? Good luck with that.

    I think they should have stuck with the 211 game suspension. They basically reduced the penalty, giving him only one year. He is in decline as a player anyway. NYY win, big time, buy not having to pay that outrageous salary. Oh, and I think it is closer to $28 million, and is higher than the entire Houston Astros’ entire team salary. What a joke.

    • tony34343434 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      still waiting to hear what Ortiz will get for testing positive. Oh yeah nothing because he is liked by the media. And YES he did test positive for PED’s

      • jwswans2014jwswans - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Still muscular , Chunky for his original stature and size?

        hard to loose weightwhen it is posted between your ears?

        Así, el Sr. Ron juega el juego y perdió incluso con grandes lawers a su lado? Todos sabemos que en la vida real que se cosecha lo que se siembra en la vida? Sí. Este azote debió suceder más temprano y más a menudo para enseñar lo que, jugar a la pelota no hay juegos que engañan a sí mismo ya los demás?
        Oh sí!

      • tony34343434 - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        sorry jwswans2014 i do not speak Spanish. How do you say cheater in Spanish?

      • paperlions - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        You are also still waiting for Ortiz to test positive.

    • amyekessler - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      my buddy’s mother makes $68 an hour on the computer. She has been fired for 10 months but last month her pay was $15580 just working on the computer for a few hours. visit site… Buzz19.COM

    • emilymgarcia - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:51 AM

      my roomate’s aunt makes $72 hourly on the internet. She has been without work for eight months but last month her pay was $16589 just working on the internet for a few hours. learn the facts here now…

  2. ironman721 - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    A-Roid… Haha! See ya in 2015.

  3. 32stork - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Another ‘brief statement’: See you around, a$$hole.

  4. nofunleague - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    This little biatch is going to cry for ever. He knows it’s time to retire but his inflated ego won’t let him. He wanted arbitration and he got it now I guess he thinks he can play until it goes to the supreme court. He will lose any arbitrated deal and just needs to pull up his big boy pants and move on.

  5. zinger99 - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Congratulations A-Rod. You are a failure as a baseball player AND as a human being! Now get lost.

  6. thetooloftools - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    This is a great day for baseball. This POS has been just lying and lying and now he’s a lawyered up lier. He’ll keep fighting and I hope he loses. He is just a buzz kill. He can kiss the hall of fame goodby as should all those roiders. He disgusts me.
    I fart in his general direction.

  7. sailbum7 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Good for MLB. They should have banned him for life since what he has done is far worse for baseball than what Pete Rose did. A-Rod not only used PEDs, he was invloved with the outfit making and distributing them and actively interfered with the investigation into PED use by himself and other players. I would hope that this is the last we see of A-Roid since he is definitely way past his prime as a player, but I doubt his ego will let him simply retire. He will come back and play again and try and will probably try to get the $25 million he would be due for 2014 under his contract defered to the 2015 season so he does not lose the money, but I doubt the Yankees will go for it. He has left a permanent stain on the game and hopefully this is enough to keep him out of the hall. If they are going to keep a truly great player like Pete Rose out of the hall there is no way they should ever allow A-Roid in.

    • basedrum777 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      While I agree he should be banned for life what PR did is unthinkable. If you don’t know everyone is trying to win then its professional wrestling. He took the lifetime ban to not allow the investigation to become public showing that he bet on baseball and presumably against his own team.

      At least with Roids you know they’re taking them to Improve. With betting you never know.

      • sailbum7 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        There was an investigation and it was shown that Pete Rose never bet on his own team. This is why I do not see what Rose did as anywhere near as serious as what A-Roid has done. What Rose did had no effect on the game, what A-Roid did severely tarnished the game.

  8. cjmar2k - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    The Entitlement attitude of the Rich…remembering Leona Helmsley “only the little people pay taxes”.

    • paperlions - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      What part of “only the little people pay taxes” is inaccurate?

  9. doctorofsmuganomics - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Now now. I agree that this is good for baseball, but surely we can be more creative that “A-Roid”, can’t we?

  10. jwswans2014jwswans - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    So, Mr Ron played the game and lost even with big lawers by his side? We all know in real life that you Reap what you sow in life? Yes .This spanking should have happen earlier and more often to teach what ,play ball, not games that deceive oneself and others?
    Oh Yes!
    Sure iy is the Big League,so what that’s what the babe played too?

    Biggest gap is not the ball game but the stuff between his ears in following the rules?

  11. mazblast - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Being a petulant baby is really inappropriate for an alleged man of Rodriguez’ advanced baseball years.

  12. stevequinn - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Previews of “60 Minutes” to be aired Sunday evening (12 Jan) appear to be pretty damning. Not sure who the person is but he admits to injecting ARod and supplying him with PEDs. This ought to be interesting.

  13. psychologyofsports - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    The wait is over Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for an unprecedented full season. What Rodriquez does next will tell us a lot about A-Rod’s state of mind. But my best guess is that he has not learned a thing from all that has gone down.
    A-Rod has displayed a predictive pattern of having difficulty dealing with the truth, consequences and what this will all mean for his legacy. Thus, his actions will be driven by those internal emotional struggles he has been continually plagued by.

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