New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was the only player who did not accept his ban. Major League Baseball suspended Rodriguez through the 2014 season, effective Thursday, totaling 211 games. The other 12 were suspended for 50 games each.
But Rodriguez, who stands to lose millions of dollars, is appealing the decision.
He played Monday night at Chicago, his first game of the season after rehabbing from hip surgery.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed with the news today,” Rodriguez said at a press conference before Monday’s game. “What we’ve always fought for is the process, and I think we have that, and I think at some point we’ll sit in front of an arbiter and we’ll give our case.”
Rodriguez then went 1-for-4 in an 8-1 loss to the White Sox. He signed autographs for Yankees fans before the game, and was booed each time he came to bat.
The three All-Stars from this season who were suspended for 50 games are Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers.
Nine other players who accepted 50-game suspensions without the right to appeal are: Antonio Bastardo (Philles), Francisco Cervelli (Yankees), Jordany Valdespin (Mets-minors), Jesus Montero (Mariners-minors), Cesar Puello (Mets-minors), Sergio Escalona (Astros-minors), Fernando Martinez (Yankees-minors), Fautino De Los Santos (free agent) and Jordan Norberto (free agent).
“Probably the worst time of my life, for sure,” Rodriguez added. “Obviously, for the circumstances that are at hand, and dealing with a tough surgery and a rehab program and being 38.”
Following a long rehab, and with the prospect of facing a long layoff, Rodriguez said he was “thrilled and humbled to play major league baseball again.
“I feel like I was 18 years old back in Fenway Park in 1994 when I went in to face the Red Sox for the very first time,” Rodriguez said. “Very excited to get out there to play baseball and to help my team win and to prove to myself, my teammates, the fans of New York, the fans of baseball, that I still have a shot to play the game at a high level and I’m going to give it my best.”
MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that Rodriguez’s suspension was allowed under baseball’s drug program and was based on “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years.”
Selig also said that Rodriguez obstructed the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.
“We’ll have a forum to discuss all of that and we’ll talk about it then,” Rodriguez said.
The Major League Baseball Players Association said that it supports Rodriguez’s decision to fight his suspension.
The Yankees still owe Rodriguez about $95 million on a contract that runs through 2017. Rodriguez will lose about $33 million if the suspension is upheld.
Trade deadline yields few moves: There was more talk and speculation than anything else at this year’s trade deadline. But a few teams made deals leading up to the deadline that made them better on paper.
Boston added pitchers Jake Peavy, Matt Thornton and Brayan Villarreal. Detroit got reliever Jose Veras, and snagged shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox in a three-way deal that included the Chicago White Sox.
Here are some of the biggest names dealt in the past week leading up to the July 31 deadline:
- OF Alfonso Soriano – traded from the Cubs to the Yankees.
- RHP Jesse Crain – traded from the White Sox to the Rays.
- LHP Scott Downs – traded from the Angels to Braves for RHP Cory Rasmus.
- RHP Jose Veras – traded from the Astros to Tigers for OF Danry Vasquez.
- RHP Jake Peavy – traded from White Sox to Red Sox.
- RHP Ian Kennedy – traded from Diamondbacks to Padres.
- RHP Bud Norris – traded from Astros to Orioles
StatsWatch: It usually takes some speed to hit a triple. Here’s who has done it the most this season, with the number of stolen bases they have, through Monday’s games:
- Carlos Gomez, Brewers, 9 triples; 29 stolen bases (ranks 16th)
- Starling Marte, Pirates, 9 triples; 32 stolen bases (4th)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 8 triples; 40 stolen bases (1st)
- Mike Trout, Angels, 8 triples: 24 stolen bases (11th)
- Jean Segura, Brewers, 8 triples; 31 stolen bases (5th)
- Denard Span, Nationals, 7 triples; 10 stolen bases (48th)
- David Wright, Mets, 6 triples; 17 stolen bases (21st)
- Stephen Drew, Red Sox, 6 triples; 3 stolen bases (145th)
- Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, 6 triples; 21 stolen bases (16th)
- Alex Gordon, Royals, 5 triples; 6 stolen bases (93rd)
Others with 5 triples and a combined average of 15 stolen bases each: Brett Gardner (Yankees), Eric Young Jr. (Rockies), Everth Cabrera (Padres), Desmond Jennings (Rays), Adeiny Hechavarria (Marlins), Leonys Martin (Rangers).