MLB bans A-Rod through 2014 for drug use

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Well, it’s no surprise that the MLB came down hard on Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) for his use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), especially after all the back and forth this past weekend. He will be suspended from the rest of the 2013 regular season, its postseason, and the 2014 regular season. Along with A-Rod, 12 other players were banned for 50 games, including All-Stars Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, and Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres. A-Rod, during a press conference where he answered questions from reporters about the decision, said, “Obviously I’m disappointed with the news today… probably the worst time of my life.” Bud Selig, the MLB commissioner, says that Rodriguez’s punishment begins on Thursday and that he’s being disciplined because of the “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years.”