To the surprise of many, Alex Rodriguez has only been suspended for one season–the 2014 season–by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal.
A-Rod is suspended for 162 games, including any potential playoff games, if the New York Yankees were to make the playoffs in the upcoming season.
The original suspension was for 211 games, but A-Rod appealed the decision in August so that he could continue playing.
A-Rod is planning to attend spring training with the New York Yankees, as a loophole in his suspension will allow him to participate.
This guy just won’t go away, will he, Yankee fans?
It’s possible that the Yanks could tell A-Rod to not come to Tampa, albeit unlikely.
The long suspension could still mean the end of Rodriguez’s career. The third baseman will turn 39 in July, and is coming off two hip surgeries. He only played 44 games in 2013.
Of course, A-Rod is planning to contest Saturday’s decision in federal court, as his spokesman stated that the suspension is “inconsistent” and is based on “false and wholly unreliable testimony.”
“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said in the statement. “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.”
A-Rod has quickly become one of the most hated professional baseball players of all-time, possibly even more so than Barry Bonds. His unwillingness to just admit his wrongdoings mixed with the fact that he keeps appealing these decisions is turning him into New York’s greatest villain.
The MLB made a statement on the matter also.
“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,” MLB said in the statement. “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.”
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