Posted January 11, 2014 by BlueMagic in Sports

Decision Reached on A-Rod Suspension

Originally the league had announced of suspending Alex Rodriguez for 211 games for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal. A-Rod didn’t feel the suspension was a fair decision. Now the arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has decided that a suspension of 162 games is more fair for this incident. Still the third baseman feels like this amount of suspension is out of the norm when compared to the other 12 players who was involved in the scandal and only received no more than 65 games suspension. A-Rod is set to appeal the decision due to “inconsistency” in the punishment and “false and wholly unreliable testimony.” Here’s what the statement said released by his spokesperson:

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

It should be noted that A-Rod continues to profess his innocence in this matter:

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. 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.

A-Rod went a step further and talks about how he can’t wait to get back on the field. He also thanks a number of people such as his family, friends, fans and many of his fellow MLB players for support. It’s interesting how he doesn’t mention his teammates or the Yankee organization. But he will “continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship.” Lets see how this plays out.