Posted January 13, 2014

Alex Rodriguez suspended for 162 games

Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, New York Yankees, Performance Enhancing Drugs
Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez turns 39 in July. (Simon Bruty/SI)

Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for 162 games for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy and interfering with the league’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic at the heart of the latest performance-enhancing drug scandal to rock the sport.

The ruling, issued by arbitrator Frederic Horowitz, is a reduction from the 211-game suspension Rodriguez was handed by MLB commissioner Bud Selig back in August, but it’s still the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history. For the 38-year-old  Rodriguez, it means the loss of an entire season and $25 million in salary. The Yankees will gain $27.5 million worth of salary relief for luxury tax purposes, since the average annual value of his deal is what counts there. That will aid the team’s attempt to get below the $189 million threshold to reset their luxury tax rate, but it leaves a major hole in their lineup.

In a statement, Rodriguez said he would he appeal the ruling in federal court, though the likelihood of a judge overruling the collective bargaining process is believed to be slim.

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

Rodriguez is a three-time American League MVP who has been with the Yankees since 2004. He has signed the two largest contracts in baseball history, including his current 10-year, $275 million contract with New York that runs through 2017.

Read the full text of Rodriguez’s statement here

130 comments
MrArlington
MrArlington

Why doesn't Ortiz get the same angst that A Rod gets? It is clear to me that it is a witch hunt to get A Rod. Bud Selig was made the fool by Braun and now he is trying to fry the biggest fish in the pond in Rodriguez to build up his own legacy as "the guy who took down A Rod" Let's not ignore the fact that the arbitrator REDUCED the suspension, so that tells you that A Rod must have at least made the point that the charges against him were at least somewhat unfair. 


Ortiz is one of seven players since revealed to have tested positive in 2003. The others were then-teammate Manny Ramirez (who has since tested positive two more times), Alex Rodriguez (who is appealing the suspension he received in connection with the Biogenesis scandal on Monday), Larry Bigbie, Jason Grimsley and David Segui (all three of whom appeared in the Mitchell Report) and Sammy Sosa. Only the substance Rodriguez tested positive for is known, that information coming out in a February 2009 Sports Illustrated report by Selena Roberts and David Epstein.


joey311164
joey311164

Bye Bye you lying d-b@g A-T@rd... I only wish it was a lifetime bag, you low-life scumbag.  Just go away forever, you loser.

RobinFarbman
RobinFarbman

 Away-Rod. Geez, now his hip will really have a chance to heal. 45 homers in 2015! (Not.) 24 million to spend on that 24-0 Japanese pitcher (not that they wouldn't have anyway).

astronix
astronix

Arod has never played a game without using PEDs. Selena Gomez reported he has been using since HIGH SCHOOL! The fact that he keeps fighting shows he has the same psychopathic personality disorder similar to an OJ Simpson type.

brucem
brucem

If the suspension was written for only 162 games, and the Yankees make the playoffs, have we seen the last of A-Rod as a Yankee?

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Wow a full season? No problem with it as long as Ryan Braun & David Ortiz face the same suspension.

LarsJustinen
LarsJustinen

In 2000 A-Rod broke the hearts of Mariner fans by bolting for our rival Texas. The next year we won 116 games. We've never won a World Series, but we realize now that we did keep our dignity and we're over Rodriguez.

geewhiz
geewhiz

Good.  Now retire and get out of my headlines.

parkbrav
parkbrav

Anyone who thinks this is a good development for the Yankees is a Red Sox fan

sirensgoboom
sirensgoboom

I'd like to see a final end to all the B.S. Yes, A-Rod is full of it. But so is MLB, the NY Yankees and most of their fans.


If you think the Steinbrenners and Randy Levine and Brian Cashman didn't know who A-Rod was when they traded for him and later game him that huge renegotiated contract, you're awfully naive. The Yankees knew A-Rod was a cheater and a fraud, a PED user since high school. Everybody knew! And they got what they wanted by signing him, or have all of you Yankees fans forget the 2009 World Series and A-Fraud's .923 OPS, HR, and 11 runs produced?

MLB got a World Series between the Yankees and Phillies, which produced the best rating TV ratings of any WS in the last 50 years!

A-Rod got all his dirty money.


Yankees fans got another World Series Championship. But now that A-Rod is older and broken down -- due to the drugs he's been putting into his body for the last 20+ years, now everybody wants to get rid of him and act like he and his career never happened. Well excuse me for calling B.S. on all involved. It's a little late to break out the righteous indignation five years after the champagne's gone flat.

renee
renee

As a 50+ year Bronx born Yankee fan, I can say this is one of the greatest days in franchise history. The only thing that would make the situation perfect would be if Rodriguez walked in front of a runaway bus on his way to Federal Court.

FernandoR
FernandoR

Trust me, we'll be better off without him.

FernandoR
FernandoR

About time. I could bet you one million that Brian Cashman regrets trading Soriano for this bum.

ApolloOne
ApolloOne

"...but it leaves a major hole in their lineup."

Funny, I thought it was taking a hole out of their lineup.

cord u
cord u

PRAY 4 A-ROD, YOU GUYS!!

HE'S FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE!!

SportsWarp
SportsWarp

Many people below keep saying the suspension should have been longer, but why? Braun only got 65 games. The policy is 50, then 100, then lifetime ban. This would technically be Rodriguez's first offense, wouldn't that constitute 50 games and no more? Rodriguez is a cheater, but the policy doesn't call for a 162 game (plus playoffs, if the Yankees somehow make it) suspension.


A columnist for us wrote that it was too long; http://sportswarp.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/arodsuspension/

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@MrArlington Has Ortiz tested positive since then?  No?  His name wasn't even on this list.  Technically Braun never tested positive but his name was on the list for this BioGenisis thingy.  Bam 65 games for him.  This is about him admitting to MULTIPLE uses of Roids then getting caught again on this list and with phone calls.  Trying to get this guy from the lab to go on the Lam.  Pay him off.  Buy the evidence.  Its how far he went again.

RobinFarbman
RobinFarbman

@astronix  I googled and nothing came up re: Gomez about A-Rod. Where'd you see that?

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@ElvisHitler Ortiz did NOT test positive!! You are such a trolling,worthless comment waste of space. Do some research before you open your mouth and spew mindless blather all over the internet. 

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@sirensgoboom Really? And guess who were in the Mitchell Report for failing PED tests...Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz..I guess they didn't help the Red Sox in any way from winning the 2004 and 2007 World Series, huh? Dope..

Kapmak
Kapmak

@sirensgoboom You may be absolutely right.  But where is the evidence to back up all of these allegations?

renee
renee

So it's all just one big conspiracy between MLB and theYankees, right? Another loser troll on the loose.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

@renee No problem with the suspension as long as the other guilty parties face the same penalty, ie Braun, Ortiz & others.

parkbrav
parkbrav

@reneeYou like it that we lost our starting All-star third baseman?

Kapmak
Kapmak

@FernandoR I am not an ARod supporter but the trade itself was great for the Yankees.  It was re-signing him to the last contract that was the mistake.

train805
train805

It wasn't cashman that made that trade, it was Georgie boy who made that move.

David G
David G

@cord u - His life?  Get real.  He will never spend all the money he has, UNLESS he keeps his legal team.  

Jay38
Jay38

@SportsWarpFor someone who has "columnists" (though every story seems to be written by the same person, my guess would be you), you seem pretty ill-informed that MLB and the player's union both agreed the case against ARod didn't necessarily fall into the 50,100,etc category.  It was in the news.  If you can't be bothered to inform yourself on that point, I'm not wasting my time explaining it to you.  Every single real sports site has already done that.

Mel
Mel

@SportsWarpIt's the fact that he was caught red handed using, lied to investigators, hid evidence, tried buying off witnesses, etc. Bit different than Braun don't ya think?

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@RobinFarbman @astronix It was in a book that she wrote about A-Rod in 2009. The book basically flopped and was filled with hearsay.

ARodH8ter
ARodH8ter

Playoffs?! What playoffs? U know DAMN well the Yankees won't make it! They'll win maybe 1/3 of their games, & even that may be pushing it!

MrArlington
MrArlington

@Voiceover310You are biggest fool. Proclaiming "facts" that are downright wrong and insulting others who have more knowledge than you do. 

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

@Voiceover310 @ElvisHitler Ortiz never tested positive? Get ur head out ur arse chief. And while ur removing said head from arse I'll think about removing my johnson from ur ma's rear.

joey311164
joey311164

@ElvisHitler@reneeA-T@rd's problem is that he tried to take on the baseball establishment by consistently lying about it and then suing to try to restore whatever was left of his tarnished reputation (which will never happen).  That is why he got the long suspension.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@ElvisHitler @renee Actually the penalty is not just from the failed test but for MULTIPLE failed tests.  Beyond that he tried to buy the evidence off the Biogenisis guy.  Basically they are getting him on a cover up as well.  The idea is not only did he admit to it earlier in his career but he said he doesn't anymore.  The evidence we haven't seen (and that MLB and ARod aren't required to release for all of us to see) may prove much otherwise.  Braun's sentence kept him out for the rest of a season.  As far as I know Ortiz wasn't mentioned in that report.  Nelson Cruz was and as a first time offender got a 50 game ban.  Which he also sat out last season.  If ARod had offered to sit out the rest of last season with no pay MLB probably would have taken that in which case he would have had the same ban as Braun.  Braun took a deal from MLB that ARod didn't.  Like I said I don't remember Ortiz's name coming up on that report but it wouldn't surprise me if he used too unfortunatly.  Up until recently MLB has almost tacitly endorsed Roid use by not wanting to test for it until the last CBA.  In reality the reason its so rampant is really their fault.

Kapmak
Kapmak

@parkbrav @renee ARod hasn't been the AL starting third baseman since 2008.  Youklis was the starting first baseman that year. Why aren't you saying anything about the Yankees not re-signing him?  Manny Ramirez was the starting left fielder and is available...oh, yeah...and Josh Hamilton was the starting center fielder, you think the Angels might be happy to get out of that contract.

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@Kapmak @FernandoR I agree, good trade in the beginning, bad idea by the Steinbrenner brothers to resign him AGAINST Cashman's wishes...after reading many of these posts, I have come to the conclusion that many in here are trolls and need to learn how to Google or at least learn some baseball knowledge (looking at you FernadoR, among others)

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@Voiceover310 @ElvisHitler A-Rod din't test positive THIS YEAR or any other year. He was suspended for his link to the clinic. Ortiz already had tested positive years before.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@ElvisHitler Ortiz didn't test positive this season.....look it up, genius. Do you ever read the comments you post? Your brain is fried 

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@PAZSKY @Voiceover310 @ndredsfan Well according to the new JDA you don't NEED to TEST positive for the MLB to get you.  If someone has evidence you did it and got away with it thats enough too.  In this case Bosch had more than enough to put the hurt on ARod.  They released the decision, all 35 pages of it, in which the Arbitrator broke it down.  He said that the notebooks, Bosch's testimony, and the more than 200 BlackBerry texts were enough to show that no only had ARod violated the JDA he had done so multiple times.  So he put first and second offenses into one.  He tacked on more because ARod and his legal team obstructed the process of finding anything out.  He also says the while Bosch is basically a drug dealer that he found his testimony to be honest and straight foreward.  Bosch new times and dates.  He found ARod's claim that the notebooks were forgeries baseless and said that while MLB's policy had holes that ARod had exploited they weren't enough to eviscerate the case overall.

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@Voiceover310 @ndredsfan Ortiz was also in the Mitchell Report...he was one of the players who tested positive. I am not an A-Rod backer, but he never failed a test..if he did, he would have been suspended long ago.

Kapmak
Kapmak

@Voiceover310 @ndredsfan I am in the ARod should get a lifetime suspension camp, but exactly what report says that ARod failed a drug test?

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@ndredsfan yes, A-rod absolutely DID test positive for steroids!! Read the report.........some of you clowns are so stupid it's shocking.