Major League Baseball has suspended their famed third baseman Alex Rodriguez for 211 regular-season games through the 2014 season.
The 38-year-old slugger said he planned to appeal. Twelve other players have accepted 50-game suspensions without pay.
A-Rod joins 12 other players accused of having ties to the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in south Florida where the allegedly took performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez has denied the accusation.
“I am disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process. I am eager to get back on the field and be with my teammates in Chicago tonight,” he said in a statement after the league announced its decision Monday. “I want to thank my family, friends and fans who have stood by my side through all this.”
A-Rod’s suspension is set to begin on Thursday, the league said. But officials also said that Rodriguez could keep playing if he appeals.