Major League Baseball Suspends A-Rod for PED Use

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Major League Baseball has officially banned Yankee's third baseman Alex Rodriguez, better known as "A-Rod," for an unprecedented 200 games, through the 2014 season.

Some say the move could be career ending for the star player. Twelve other players in the major and minor leagues will serve 50-game suspensions next season.

They've also been accused of using PEDs, or performance enhancing drugs, not allowed in professional baseball

The players include: Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Johnny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres, Francisco Cervelli of the Yankees, Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners, and Antonio Bastardo of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Three other major leaguers received suspensions last season, and Brewers' all-star Ryan Braun is already serving a 60-plus game suspension this year.

"It's exactly the kind of message MLB needs to be sending to players--that they will not tolerate any more cheating and steroids," Christine Brennan, a USA Today columnist, said.

The players were connected with the now closed Biogenesis Clinic in Miami, which has been under investigation for years.

"Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years," a statement from Commissioner Bud Selig's office said.

Despite his suspension, Rodriguez is slated to rejoin the Yankees in Chicago after being out with injuries for months. He's allowed to play because he's appealing his punishment.

"It's a process. I'm excited about the way I feel tonight, and I'm going to keep fighting" Rodriguez, said.

At the Yankee store in New York, most of the A-Rod memorabilia is off the shelves. The team said that's because sales have been slow.

But he still has his fans in the Big Apple.

"With all the stupid stuff, I still believe in who he is and what he's done as a ballplayer," Dylan Butler, Minor League Baseball, player.

"My son is a big, big fan of him. He watches the game all the time. I mean, he has the t-shirts, everything. He's a big role model for my son," Rossa Valentin, a Yankees fan, said.

"I like A-Rod. A-Rod is one of the best players in there," her son said.

But fans and now many players are growing weary of the cheating reports.

The Biogenesis scandal has set back the progress baseball had made in cleaning up the game since the infamous allegations surrounding many of the sports biggest names in the 1990s and 2000s.

"I think the players as a whole, I think we're just sick of it," Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "The guys that are doing it the right way, we're sick of players trying to cheat the system."

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