Updated 08:23 AM EST, Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Alex Rodriguez Suspension Update: Yankees Star Issues Handwritten Apology to Fans

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Professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez has issued a handwritten letter apologizing for his controversial suspension due to performance enhancing drugs.

According to Fox News Latino, Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball Bud Selig suspended Rodriguez for "211 games in August 2013, citing conduct from 2010-12 uncovered during MLB's investigation of Biogenesis, which was based in Coral Gables, Florida, not far from Rodriguez's home."

In the statement addressed to his fans, the athlete takes full responsibility for his mistakes that led to his 2014 suspension, Fox News Latino reported. However, he didn't explain directly the mistakes he was referring to.

"I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point. I understand why, and that's on me," Rodriguez said in the letter, as quoted by the news outlet. "It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology but I decided the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job."

During the investigation of the Major League Baseball or MLB, Rodriguez denied the claims by blaming the Yankees' team doctor, saying that they mishandled his medical care. Fox News Latino noted that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz "reduced the penalty to the 2014 season, finding 'clear and convincing evidence' Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the baseball's drug investigation."

A separate Fox News Latino report stated that Biogenesis' owner Anthony Bosch was sentenced to four years in federal prison. Bosch pretended as a licensed medical doctor and illegally provided steroid injections to professional baseball players and high school athletes in Miami. He reportedly received thousands of dollars a month for administering testosterone to players, including Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun.

Bosch pleaded guilty in October and expressed his regrets for his actions, Fox News Latino added. He is expected to testify alongside Rodriguez "if the last two defendants - Rodriguez cousin Yuri Sucart and ex-University of Miami pitching coach Lazaro Collazo - go to trial as scheduled in early April."

Rodriguez is now set to return to the New York Yankees, the news outlet revealed. The team advised him to hold a press conference in the Yankee Stadium before the start of spring training, but the player turned down the suggestion. During his absence, he was replaced by Chase Headley at third base. The latter will now have to compete for "playing time at designated hitter and an infield backup."

In 2009, Rodriguez also had a news conference apologizing for using illegal performance enhancing drugs while still at Texas Rangers, Fox News Latino recalled. He admitted using steroids from 2001-2003 before MLB's policy on drug penalties.

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