Alex Rodriguez will miss the entire 2014 season for his connection to baseball’s Biogenesis performance enhancing drug scandal, a spokesperson for the New York Yankees third baseman announced Saturday.
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig originally handed Rodriguez a 211-game suspension in August; after a lengthy appeal that allowed Rodriguez to play the remainder of the 2013 season, an independent arbitrator reduced the ban to 162 games. The effect, however, is the same: the Yankee slugger will not set foot on a Major League field for all of 2014.
The MLB Players Association, which worked alongside Rodriguez in appealing the suspension, said it “strongly disagrees with the award issued today…even despite the Arbitration Panel’s decision to reduce Mr. Rodriguez’s unprecedented 211-game suspension. We recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached, however, and we respect the collectively-bargained arbitration process which led to the decision.”
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