A-Rod on his 211-game suspension — he will ‘fight this through the process’

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

There were no questionable tweets or accusations of a conspiracy from Alex Rodriguez on Monday after MLB threw a 211-game suspension at him.

Just an average statement, saying the same thing we've heard from his camp for the last few months. He's going to fight it.

"I am disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process. I am eager to get back on the field and be with my teammates in Chicago tonight. I want to thank my family, friends and fans who have stood by myself through all this."

A-Rod is planning to make his season debut in Chicago on Monday night, where the New York Yankees play the Chicago White Sox. He's able to play until his suspension is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, which is expected to happen within a month. The Yankees third baseman missed all of this season thus far while rehabbing from offseason hip surgery. With the other 12 players suspended on Monday all electing not to appeal, Biogenesis now firmly becomes The A-Rod Show.

Rodriguez's attorney David Cornwell added:

"It is regrettable that the Commissioner's office has taken this unprecedented action. Major League Baseball has gone well beyond the authority granted to its Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement. Consequently, we will appeal the discipline and pursue all legal remedies available to Alex."

It's worth noting that Cornwell represented Ryan Braun during his successful appeal of an MLB suspension in 2012.

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