A-Rod Suspended for 2014 Season, Vows to Fight On

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had his suspension reduced to 162 games. (Photo: Facebook)The arbitrator hearing Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez’s appeal dropped the hammer on the lightning rod third baseman, suspending Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season, the longest doping ban in baseball’s history.MLB released a statement Saturday announcing the 162-game suspension, which also includes the postseason.Rodriguez won a slight victory with arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reducing the ban from 211 games.Rodriguez, in a statement on his Facebook page, once again denied using performance enhancing substances, as alleged by Major League Baseball. The three-time Most Valuable Player immediately announced his plans to appeal the arbitrator’s ruling in federal court.“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said. “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.”He added: “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.”Multiple news outlets have reported that it’s unlikely a federal judge will overturn an arbitrator’s decision in a labor case.Rodriguez now becomes the 13th player to be suspended as part of MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis, a now-defunct Florida anti-aging clinic.A-Rod, who was originally facing a 211-game ban, was the only player linked to the Biogenesis probe to appeal. The Major League Players Association released a statement Saturday saying it “strongly disagrees” with Horowitz’s season-long ban, despite the reduced suspension.But, the players association said “we respect the collectively bargained arbitration process” and will make no further comment regarding the issue.Rodriguez will not be paid the $25 million owed to him in 2014 while he serves the suspension. But, the Yankees still owe the slugger $61 million until 2017. It’s unclear what the future holds for Rodriguez, who has battled several injuries and has experienced a drop off in productivity at the plate.Still, Rodriguez said, “I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship.”“I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal,” he said.last_img read more

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Ferrari set for crisis talks with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc after crash

first_imgLast Updated: 19th November, 2019 18:41 IST Ferrari Set For Crisis Talks With Sebastian Vettel And Charles Leclerc After Crash Ferrari has summoned both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc to their Maranello headquarters after the duo crashed out of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Ferrari has summoned drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc following their crash on Sunday. The warring drivers, fighting for the 4th position in the Brazilian Grand Prix, crashed out with 5 laps remaining. Both drivers have been asked to assemble at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters for a crisis talk.Also Read: NASCAR Championship Push Tinged With Sadness For Joe GibbsFerrari summons Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc for crisis talksFerarri Team Principal Mattia Binotto refused to blame the drivers for the crash. He also said that they wouldn’t be fined. Ferrari withdrew both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc from a scheduled media briefing in Interlagos on Sunday, and likely to be reminded of their responsibilities in the crisis talk.Also Read: Brazilian GP: Verstappen Wins Crazy Race As Both Ferraris Crash OutFerrari’s Binotto: Vettel and Leclerc won’t be finedBinotto added that drivers could come to a wrong decision when doing things in the heat of the moment. He said that he heard from both the drivers and will decide and discuss when he meets both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. Binotto further said that Ferrari would analyse the video and data. He said that the crisis meeting is not to pinpoint mistakes or to penalise or to blame Sebastian Vettel or Charles Leclerc. He also added that this thing should not happen and the freedom to fight shouldn’t lead to any more silly mistakes.Also Read: Alain Prost Tells Ferrari To Keep Vettel And Leclerc In LineLewis Hamilton costs Albon first podium finishRed Bull’s Max Verstappen won the race from pole position, his third victory of the season. Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly surprisingly finished second while McLaren’s Carlos Sainz finished third. Sainz finished third after Britain’s Lewis Hamilton was handed a 5-point penalty for a crash with Alex Albon. Hamilton admitted his fault in the collision Albon that cost the young racer his first-ever podium. He said that he totally accepts the blame and he was trying to catch up with Verstappen when the accident happened.Also Read: Lewis Hamilton: A Look At Mercedes Driver’s F1 World C’ship Titles WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written By Sreehari Menon First Published: 19th November, 2019 18:41 ISTcenter_img WE RECOMMEND 9 months ago Ford v Ferrari: Here are some of the iconic cars used in the film 9 months ago Lewis Hamilton to have contract renewal talks with Mercedes amidst Ferrari rumours LIVE TV 10 months ago Alain Prost tells Ferrari to keep Vettel and Leclerc in line 9 months ago Hamilton unsure he can catch Ferrari, Bottas more confident 9 months ago Ford v Ferrari: Celebrities sing praises for the Matt Damon-Christian Bale starrerlast_img read more

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