A-Rod Suspended for 2014 MLB Season

Yankees still owe slugger Alex Rodriguez $61 million as he continues to fight to stay in the game.
3:00 | 01/11/14

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A record suspension, tonight, baseball star alex rodriguez, over his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Tonight, the long fall for the one-time golden boy of baseball, the highest-paid player in sport. Tonight, a-rod is reacting to the suspension the biggest and some say the final blow to his career. Here, tonight, abc's ryan smith. Reporter: Alex rodriguez, fighting for the game of his life. For allegedly interfering with the biogenesis investigation. He could have been the michael jordan of baseball. Reporter: Rodriguez, once the golden boy of baseball, featured on magazine covers. Taking flak from critics for what some describe as an awkward bromance photo with himself. Not one to shy away from the limelight, dated stars like cameron diaz, kate husband. And the material girl herself. This two-time mvp now reveals his frustration with the ruling. In a statement issued through his publicist, a-rod says, quote, the number of games, sadly, comes as no surprise. As the deck has been stacked against me from day one. If rodriguez doesn't play, he'll be almost 40 when he returns. That, coupled with multiple hip surgeries, will make his comeback difficult. He will be very motivated to come back. Whether his body at that point allows him to do so is anybody's guess. Reporter: No matter what happens, the yankees still owe rodriguez $61 million on his ract that runs through 2017, making him the league's highest-paid player whether he plays or not. And ryan smith is with us now. And in classic a-rod fashion, he's expected to fight back? He's going to fight back. He's going to bring this into federal court and hopefully stop this suspension. But the suspension applies to the game. He can go to spring training and is expected to be there. Ryan, great to see you on abc news and espn.

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