MLB suspends Alex Rodriguez for 211 games, 'A-Rod' expected to appeal
NATIONAL NEWS (KETK) — Major League Baseball handed down multiple suspensions on Monday regarding players involvement with a Biogenesis case with the most anticipated ruling coming for New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, 38, who previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers before high-tailing it out to the east coast, has been suspended by MLB for 211 games, through the 2014 season.
In December 2007, the Yankees and "A-Rod" agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract. This contract was the richest contract in baseball history breaking the previous record of $252 million.
In February 2009, after having denied the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, claiming he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers due to an enormous amount of stress and pressure.
Rodriguez reportedly received HGH (human growth hormone) from Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic in Florida.
Rodriguez was given until the afternoon of August 4, 2013, to reach an agreement regarding a suspension or greater punishment for his role in the Biogenesis affair.
Although the standard punishment for a first offense under MLB's drug policy is 50 games, MLB has the option of suspending Rodriguez for longer than that under the collective bargaining agreement if it determines his actions present conduct that would be considered detrimental to baseball.
Earlier Monday, 12 others players, accepted their 50-game suspensions handed down by MLB commissioner, Bud Selig.
The players are:
- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo
- San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera
- New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli
- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz
- Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos
- Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona
- Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez
- Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero
- Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto
- Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta
- New York Mets outfielder Cesar Puello
- Mets infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin