MLB suspends Alex Rodriguez and 12 others

By Marc Castro

Aug 06, 2013 03:54 PM EDT

Major League Baseball had meted to Alex Rodriguez a rest of the season suspension for the 2013 season and a full year suspension for the 2014 season. This was a decision by the league for the highest paid player in the history of the game, who is also a repeat offender for steroid use.

While there are others who were suspended for the next 50 games of the season, the New York Yankees third baseman/designated hitter is a repeat offender. It is for this reason that the penalty for his violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Rodriguez has since filed for arbitration, which has then issued a status quo order to allow him to play until a decision is made.

The suspensions come after the league investigated the activities of Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic based in Miami, Florida. The issue is the use of performance enhancing drugs in the game of baseball, tainting the game's purity. According to a Fox News report, quoting a Forbes report, Rodriguez's salary is US$275 million until 2017. For the current year, the New York Yankees owe him around US$9 million and for the 2014 season, US$25 million. This is on top of the US$30 million that the Texas Rangers owe the person now called as 'the most hated man in baseball.'

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