Yankees' Rodriguez apologizes for using PEDs

Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:43pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez apologized on Tuesday for "the mistakes" he made that led to his suspension for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez, 39, made his apology in a written statement and said he declined the Yankees' "gracious" offer to apologize in a news conference at Yankee Stadium because he wanted his next appearance there to be "in pinstripes doing my job."

Rodriguez, who is owed $61 million by the team for the remaining three years on his contract, has not appeared in a game since Sept. 25, 2013, but said he was looking forward to spring training.

"When I go to spring training, I will do everything I can to be the best player and teammate possible, earn a spot on the Yankees and help us win, he said.

One of the most talented players of his generation, Rodriguez had said he would challenge his suspension in federal court before ultimately dropping his lawsuit and accepting his punishment.

"I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season," he said in his statement. "I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be.

"To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I'm sorry."

A three-time most valuable player who has hit 654 home runs over his 20-year career, Rodriguez said he accepts "the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point."   Continued...

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez speaks during a news conference in Chicago, August 5, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress