New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been suspended the entire 2014 regular season and postseason by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
“For more than five decades, the arbitration process under the Basic Agreement has been a fair and effective mechanism for resolving disputes and protecting player rights,” MLB said in a statement. “While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the Panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game.”
Horowitz reduced Rodriguez’s ban from 211 games to 162 for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal.
The 39-year-old Rodriguez plans to appeal the decision in federal court.
“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court,” he said in the statement. “I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.”
If the ruling is upheld, Rodriguez will forfeit his 2014 base salary of $25 million.