Alex Rodriguez Banned For 2014 Season
Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 baseball season.
The disgraced New York Yankees star had originally been banned for 211 games due to his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal.
On Saturday, an arbitrator reduced the initial ban to 162 games — the length of the upcoming season — plus any potential playoff games. Rodriguez said he will contest the ruling.
Last August, a Major League Baseball investigation into Biogenesis led to the suspension of a dozen other players, including Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun.
None of the other players received a suspension longer than 65 games, and Rodriguez has been fighting baseball’s punishment.
He wound up playing in just 44 games in 2013 due to injury. Rodriguez is owed $24 million in salary for 2014, a sum that could be in jeopardy if the ban is upheld.