Surprise! Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through The 2014 Season

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After a lot of posturing, not so veiled threats of suspension, threats of appeal, a pre-announcement to the announcement, the announcement has finally come, and A-Rod‘s suspension due to his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic has been handed down.

At 211 games, effectively this year and all of next year, it’s pretty severe, but not the lifetime ban that some rumors claimed.

From USA Today

Alex Rodriguez was suspended effective Thursday through the 2014 season and 12 other major and minor leaguers for 50 games in the most sweeping sanctions in Major League Baseball’s decade-long battle against performance-enhancing drugs — but the New York Yankees third baseman expects to be in the lineup for tonight’s game in Chicago.

The most significant other names on the list announced today by MLB as part of its investigation into the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic include Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera. They follow Milwaukee Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun, who agreed to a 65-game suspension two weeks ago.

While the others accepted their punishment, Rodriguez can continue to play as he is expected to appeal his s
Rodriguez has 72 hours to file a grievance. The appeal would be heard within 10 days by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, and he has 25 days to render a decision.uspension, which amounts to 211 games. Rodriguez is scheduled to play his first major league game of the season tonight after offseason hip surgery.

“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, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.”

Regardless of the outcome of his appeal, Rodriguez — once a sure-fire first ballot Hall Of Famer - will forever be known as a cheater who took PEDs, lied about it and got paid hundreds of millions in the process.

Not that any non-Yankees fan needed another reason to hate him, nor the Yankees fans who watched him consistently choke in most of his playoff appearances.

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