New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has been hit with a 211-game ban for his part in a doping scandal, as baseball's highest paid player was suspended along with 12 others by the MLB.
The third baseman was suspended for the remainder of the season, as well as the entirety of the 2014 campaign, after taking performance enhancing drugs.
A total of 13 players were punished without pay for using the human growth hormone, and despite waiving his right to an appeal, it is believed Rodriguez will appeal the decision which cost him millions of dollars.
Alongside the 38-year-old, a number of players were banned for 50 games including, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli.
Other names involved in the scandal include, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, and minor leagues Jesus Montero (Seattle Mariners), Cesar Puello and Jordany Valdespin (New York Mets), Sergio Escalona (Houston Astros), Fernando Martinez (Yankees), and free agents Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto, all of whom also received a 50-game suspension.
The players in question were all involved with Biogenesis America, an anti-ageing clinic in Florida, who are believed to have supplied the players with the banned substances.
Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Rodriguez said: "I'm sure there's been mistakes made along the way. We're here now.
"I'm a human being. I've had two hip surgeries. I've had two knee surgeries. I'm fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don't defend myself no-one else will," he added.
Rodriguez comments came just hours before he appeared for the first time this season against the Chicago White Sox.
The Yankees' star has been out through injury, and despite the imminent ban he now faces, is free to continue playing while he challenges the outcome.
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