A-Rod’s Suspension Reduced

A-Rod's Suspension Reduced

Source: USA Today

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who reduced the New York Yankees third baseman’s ban from 211 games to 162 for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal.

The suspension also includes all potential playoff games in 2014 according to usatoday.

As expected, Rodriguez said he will contest Saturday’s. January 11, ruling in federal court. The decision will relieve the Yankees of about $24 million in luxury-tax savings based on A-Rod’s 2014 salary; the team still owes him about $61 million for 2015-17. Horowitz’s ruling upholds a good portion of the original 211-game suspension levied by MLB, which banned Rodriguez in August after concluding its investigation. Rodriguez continued playing after appealing according to espn.go.

Twelve other players were suspended as a result of the investigation, although none benched for longer than the 65 games given to Milwaukee Brewers slugger, Ryan Braun, according to yahoosports.  The other players were suspended 50 games, the punishment for first-time drug offenders stipulated by baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

According to spokesman Ron Berkowitz, A-Rod plans on attending spring training, and will be allowed to participate due to a loophole in the suspension. Rodriguez’s side argues that if he is able to receive an injunction to stop the suspension, he will able to play and thus should prepare for the season.

The testimony of Anthony Bosch, the clinic’s proprietor, was a key element in baseball’s case against Rodriguez, as were copies of the records, which baseball paid in excess of $125,000 to obtain. Anthony Bosch, the Biogenesis, said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired on CBS on Sunday night that Rodriguez paid him $12,000 per month to provide him with an assortment of banned drugs that included testosterone and human growth hormone according to foxsports.

Rob Manfred, the chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, said during the news program that Bosch chose to cooperate in the investigation in part because he feared for his life according to msn.foxsports.