Alex Rodriguez Suspended for 162 Games Over Performance Enhancing Drug Allegations

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for 162 games due to his involvement with the most recent performance enhancing drug scandal. MLB.com reports that independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced Rodriguez's suspension from 211 games to 162 games. That means Rodriguez will be out for the entire 2014 season.

If the New York Yankees qualify for the post-season, Rodriguez will alsamo miss those games. Major League Baseball issued this statement via MLB.com: "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."

A-Rod was hit with the ban after it came to light that he was involved with Biogenesis, a clinic in Miami which investigators say regularly dispensed performance enchancing drugs to professional athletes.

Rodriguez denies ever using the performance-enhancing drugs and says he will appeal the ruling: "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."

The Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement today saying that it did not approve of the ruling, but that it has nothing more to say about it. It appears that A-Rod will be fighting this one alone. All other players who were accused are not challenging the ruling.

Posted on January 11, 2014

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