According to a report from Newsday’s Steven Marcus, Alex Rodriguez will begin the appeal process for his 211-game suspension at a hearing on September 30th, and will likely require several more sessions.
ESPNNewYork’s Andrew Marchand reports that because Rodriguez has the right to be present for the hearings, they could be pushed back if the Yankees were to make the playoffs. The Yankees sit 3 games back of Tampa Bay for the second wild card in the American League as of Saturday.
A ruling on whether the suspension will be reduced is not expected until after the conclusion of the World Series.
Alex Rodriguez was suspended, according to MLB commissioner Bud Selig, for the “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years,” and “for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.”
Rodriguez was the only one of the players suspended due to the Biogenesis scandal to not accept the suspension handed out by the commissioner.
Rodriguez is due to make $25 million for the New York Yankees next season.