The New York Yankees are keen to move on following the culmination of the drugs saga involving star player Alex Rodriguez.
According to the New York Post, the Yankees want to put the past year of controversy behind them, and A-Rod’s recent decision to accept his 211 game ban rather than fight the MLB gives them the opportunity to do just that.
“You have no choice,” said Rodriguez’ team-mate Derek Jeter, at the Yankees minor league complex.
“It is what it is. He’s not here for this season, so we’re going to have to find ways to win with the team we have.”
Following his decision to back down from the appeal that he was set to launch against the ban handed down for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal last year, Rodriguez will not be eligible to play for the Yankees again until 2015, by which time he will be 40.
However, whilst condemning A-Rod to more than a year without playing professional baseball, it does give the Yankees closure on a debate which has embroiled them in one of the biggest fiascos in the leagues history.
Jeter though, believes that the franchise won’t necessarily struggle to win without their legendary third baseman.
“For us, look, we show up and we do our job. The situation that he’s in is a situation that affects him. You have to ask him how he feels about it, if he’s glad it’s over with,” he said.