A-Rod Banned From 2014 MLB Season Over Doping

162-game ban longest for performance-enhancing drugs in baseball history

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In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York.

New York Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez’s ban from Major League Baseball over charges of using performance-enhancing drugs was upheld Saturday, but reduced to 162 games from 211 following Rodriguez’s appeal.

An independent arbitrator agreed with most of the original suspension Rodriguez received in August, USA Today reports, the longest suspension in baseball history for doping.

The MLB has accused A-Rod of using performance-enhance drugs from 2009 to 2012, making him a repeat offender after he admitted to taking banned substances while playing for the Rangers from 2001 to 2003.

Rodriguez has maintained a defiant stance throughout the investigation, and said he will appeal the ruling in a federal court.

“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said. “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.”

The suspension will cost Rodriguez $25 million in salary, and he will be ineligible to return to the field until 2015.

[USA Today]

5 comments
squelchuk
squelchuk

Why only a year?  Even the IOC have realised their two year ban for doping violations isn't enough and is putting it up to four  years again from 2015?

And, seeing as baseball is part of the Olympics, doesn't the MLB have to WADA's code of conduct?

If it were up to me, cheats would be banned from all professional sports for life.  But maybe I'm hopelessly naive.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

A-Rod the Nimrod...keep him out for life.

Openminded1
Openminded1

He has enough money, he should just retire, he is a liar who did this to himself. Man up and move on.

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

He's clearly gone all-in, Pete Rose style, on denying everything at the risk of likely ending his baseball career.  If he can't play until 2015 there's not going to be much baseball left in him (especially having to get back to game speed and shape), and he knows it.

rpearlston
rpearlston

That arbitrator is an idiot for not banning the sniveling little man-child for life.


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