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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was given a 162-game doping ban by an arbitrator, suspending the controversial star for the entire 2014 Major League Baseball season.
NEW YORK: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was given a 162-game doping ban on Saturday by an arbitrator, suspending the controversial star for the entire 2014 Major League Baseball season.
Major League Baseball announced that Fredric Horowitz had upheld most of the 211-game ban imposed upon Rodriguez last August and that the suspension would also prevent Rodriguez from competing in the 2014 playoffs should the Yankees qualify.
The suspension is still the longest in the history of Major League Baseball and will cost Rodriguez $25 million in salary that he would have made with the Yankees.
Rodriguez would be 39 when he would be able to return to Major League Baseball in 2015.
Rodriguez was banned last August for taking performance-enhancing drugs including testosterone and human growth hormone.
Evidence gathered in a probe of the now-closed Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Florida led to 12 other suspensions but "A-Rod" chose to fight his ban, which was the most severe of all those imposed because baseball officials charged he attempted to impede their investigation.
A defiant Rodriguez continued to play through the end of the 2013 season because his appeal was under way and in September seized Major League Baseball's record for career Grand Slams with his 24th bases-loaded home run.