Rodriguez suspended through 2014 season

Rodriguez suspended through 2014 season
August 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
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After a lengthy wait, Major League Baseball has finally announced its discipline for Alex Rodriguez. He will be suspended through the 2014 season.

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UPDATE: Rodriguez is in the Yankees' lineup tonight vs. the Chicago White Sox. He will be batting fourth and playing third base.

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended by Major League Baseball, but he will appeal the decision.

MLB announced that Rodriguez has been suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season, the 2013 postseason and the entire 2014 season because of violations under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.

"Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years," MLB said in a statement. "Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation."

The suspension would have been effective on Aug. 8 and spanning 211 regular-season games, but Rodriguez plans to fight it.

“We agree with his decision to fight his suspension," MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner said. "We believe Commissioner Selig has not acted appropriately under the Basic Agreement. Mr. Rodriguez knows that the Union, consistent with its history, will defend his rights vigorously.”

The Yankees said that while they support MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, they will respect the appeals process.

"Until the process under the Drug Program is complete, we will have no comment," the Yankees said in a statement. "We are confident that the process outlined in the Drug Program will result in the appropriate resolution of this matter. In the meantime, the Yankees remain focused on playing baseball."

In the same statement, the Yankees tried to clear the air in terms of their involvement in A-Rod's saga. It was rumored that the Yankees tried to do what they could to keep Rodriguez out of baseball in an effort to keep his exorbitant salary off of their books.

"We are compelled to address certain reckless and false allegations concerning the Yankees' role in this matter," the team said. "The New York Yankees in no way instituted and/or assisted MLB in the direction of this investigation; or used the investigation as an attempt to avoid its responsibilities under a player contract; or did its medical staff fail to provide the appropriate standard of care to Alex Rodriguez."

Twelve others were suspended 50 games on Monday, including Rangers outfielder and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

"Despite the challenges this situation has created during a great season on the field," said MLB commissioner Bud Selig, "we pursued this matter because it was not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do. For weeks, I have noted the many players throughout the game who have strongly voiced their support on this issue, and I thank them for it."