A-Rod saddened by suspension, promises change

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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Anthony Bosch says A-Rod paid him $12,000 a month.

Alex Rodriguez, the popular New York Yankees baseball player known as A-Rod, was suspended through the 2014 season on August 5 by the MLB. He was accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs, or PEDs, from the anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis.

On 60 Minutes recently, Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch admitted that he personally injected A-Rod with PEDs. He says he was paid $12,000 a month for the drugs and met Rodriguez in 2010 before he hit his 600th home run. The Yankees player wanted to get to 800 homers and asked for Bosch’s help. The TV interview aired one day after A-Rod’s suspension was shortened to 162 games plus the 2014 MLB playoffs. Still, it is the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history.

Even though A-Rod never failed a dope test, Bosch said, “If you had the knowledge that I had, the experience that I had, and you know the truth about the testing and the flaws, it was almost a cake walk actually.”

Now, A-Rod is vowing to change and take advantage of his break from baseball. “I think 2014 will be a year to rest mentally and physically prepare myself for the future and begin a new chapter of my life,” said Rodriguez.

Images courtesy of Alex Rodriguez Facebook.