A-Rod breaks silence, puts positive spin on ban

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez tosses his bat after flying out against the Toronto Blue Jays in...

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez tosses his bat after flying out against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto in this file photo from September 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill/Files)

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, speaking publicly for the first time since his unprecedented PED-related suspension for the entire 2014 season, tried to put a positive spin on the situation.

Rodriguez was speaking in Spanish at an appearance in Mexico on Wednesday.

"I think that the year 2014 could be a big favor that (Major League Baseball has) done for me because I've been playing for 20 years without a timeout," he said, via the New York Post.com. "I think 2014 is a good year to rest mentally and physically and prepare for the future and begin a new chapter in my life."

In a ruling handed down Saturday by an arbitrator, Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 regular season and postseason due to his involvement with banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced Rodriguez's 211-game ban. Rodriguez's attorneys responded by filing suits against MLB and the MLB Players' Association to overturn his suspension.

Rodriguez, in front of a backdrop promoting the recently opened Alex Rodriguez Energy Fitness Center in Mexico City, spoke in Spanish for about a minute and did not take questions.

ESPN aired the video of Rodriguez's appearance. In it, A-Rod said he has received support, "not just from my Yankees teammates, but also players from other teams, retired players, Hall of Fame players and lots of good people, owners of other teams."

Rodriguez said he is already looking forward to the 2015 season.

"I have three years left on my contract starting in 2015 and I hope to play very well and finish my career in New York," he said.

"(To) tell the truth, it's a very sad situation and we hope to get this out of every newspaper and start concentrating on all the good things that MLB is doing and the great things that young ballplayers are doing and move forward."

Rodriguez has the right to show up at the Yankees' spring training facility, but the team might treat him as persona non grata.

According to a report by ESPNNewYork.com, the Yankees might move A-Rod to their minor league camp if he reports to Tampa, Fla., in February, and they could tell their minor league coaches to shun him.

Rodriguez was among 13 players suspended after MLB investigated Biogenesis, a former South Florida anti-aging clinic that was linked to PEDs. Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun received the second-longest ban of 65 games, which he served. The other players were banned 50 games.

 


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