Alex Rodriguez, the embattled New York Yankees third baseman, will miss the entire 2014 season following a ruling on his doping suspension. Originally suspended for an unprecedented 211 games, A-Rod's ban for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs was whittled down neatly to 162 games—the entirety of the 2014 baseball season—after an arbitrator ruled today on his appeal.
The ruling still constitutes the largest-ever suspension of its kind and, accordingly, A-Rod is not happy about the decision. From a statement released on his behalf: "The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable."
Baseball's highest-paid player, Rodriguez will lose $25 million owed him by the Yankees for the upcoming season. A-Rod and his legal team say they will appeal the ruling in federal court.