Rodriguez admitted four years ago that he used PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03, but has repeatedly denied using them since. His penalty was more than double the previous high for a PED suspension, a 100-game ban given last year to San Francisco pitcher Guillermo Mota for a second offense.
"At some point we'll sit in front of an arbiter and give our case," Rodriguez said.
The suspensions are thought to be the most at once for off-field conduct since 1921, when Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned eight White Sox players for life for throwing the 1919 World Series against Cincinnati: Shoeless Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Happy Felsch, Chick Gandil, Fred McMullin, Charles "Swede" Risberg, Buck Weaver and Claude "Lefty" Williams. They had been suspended by the team the previous year and were penalized by baseball even though they had been acquitted of criminal charges.
Others agreeing to 50-game bans on Monday included Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez; Philadelphia pitcher Bastardo; Seattle catcher Jesus Montero; New York Mets utilityman Jordany Valdespin and outfielder Cesar Puello; Houston pitcher Sergio Escalona; and free agent pitchers Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto.
While the players' association has fought many drug penalties in the past three decades, attitudes of its membership have shifted sharply in recent years and union staff encouraged settlements in the Biogenesis probe.
Fighting a brain tumor diagnosed a year ago, union head Michael Weiner spoke in a raspy voice during a conference call and said the union's executive board will consider stiffer drug penalties when players meet in December.
But the union will fight Rodriguez's discipline.
"We've never had a 200-plus (game) penalty for a player who may have used drugs," he said. "And among other things, I just think that's way out of line."
A-Rod intimated Friday that New York did not want him to return. The Yankees answered Monday with a statement:
"We are compelled to address certain reckless and false allegations concerning the Yankees' role in this matter," the team said. "The New York Yankees in no way instituted and/or assisted MLB in the direction of this investigation; or used the investigation as an attempt to avoid its responsibilities under a player contract; or did its medical staff fail to provide the appropriate standard of care to Alex Rodriguez."
Cruz attributed his action to a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, and said he had lost 40 pounds following the 2011 season.
"I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error," he said in a statement. "I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse."
Peralta can rejoin Detroit for a season-ending three-game series at Miami — not far from the former office of Biogenesis.
Cabrera said he took a banned substance for four days last year when he realized a dislocated shoulder injury from 2011 had only partially healed.
"I was going through a very frustrating time," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "And like I said before, I made the decision to take this. I'm the one responsible for this."
In a statement released by the Tigers, Peralta said in "spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret." Peralta apologized to his teammates and "the great fans in Detroit," saying he knows he let "many good people down."
MLB's investigation began last year after San Francisco outfielder and All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera tested positive for elevated testosterone, as did Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon and San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal. The probe escalated in January when the Miami New Times published documents obtained from former Biogenesis associate Porter Fisher that linked several players to Biogenesis.
MLB said Melky Cabrera, Colon and Grandal will not receive additional discipline and it found no violations for Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore infielder Danny Valencia, both linked to Biogenesis in media reports.
|Minnesota||3||3rd Qtr 14:20|
|Kansas City||38||3rd Qtr 14:45|
|Miami||10||3rd Qtr 11:14|
|Detroit||8||3rd Qtr 8:34|
|Indianapolis||0||3rd Qtr 11:07|
|Cleveland||6||3rd Qtr 12:56|
|Oakland||10||3rd Qtr 9:15|
|Atlanta||21||3rd Qtr 9:06|
|St. Louis||3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||3:25 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|San Diego||12/12/13 7:25 PM|
|San Jose||5:00 PM|
|Oklahoma||67||2nd Half 6:35|
|Old Dominion||38||2nd Half 14:00|
|Iona||53||2nd Half 16:38|
|Saint Peters||21||1st Half 2:31|
|Siena||32||1st Half 1:16|
|Mount Olive||39||2nd Half|
|Quinnipiac||24||1st Half 3:55|
|Rhode Island||32||1st Half 1:14|
|Monmouth||27||1st Half 5:05|
|Charlotte||32||1st Half 2:43|
|SW Oklahoma St||28||1st Half 0:59|
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|Ark-Pine Bluff||4:00 PM|
|TX-Permian Basin||4:30 PM|
|Jacksonville St||5:00 PM|
|Boston College||6:00 PM|
|Seton Hall||7:00 PM|
|Eastern Wash||7:30 PM|
|(13) Oklahoma State||24|
|(16) Arizona State||14|
|(1) Florida State||45|
|(7) Ohio State||24||FINAL|
|(4) Michigan State||34|
|(21) Fresno State||24|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|Stetson||64||2nd Half 2:31|
|Texas||52||2nd Half 3:50|
|(10) Penn State||26||1st Half 1:50|
|Indiana||42||1st Half 0:28|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||35||2nd Half|
|Stony Brook||37||2nd Half|
|Central Conn St||36||2nd Half|
|(12) South Carolina||33||1st Half 1:56|
|Cincinnati||32||1st Half 3:04|
|Colorado State||2:00 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton||2:00 PM|
|(20) Iowa State|
|TX-Pan American||2:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||2:00 PM|
|North Dakota||2:00 PM|
|Utah State||2:00 PM|
|Morgan State||3:00 PM|
|(2) Duke||3:00 PM|
|Long Beach St||3:25 PM|
|Loyola-New Orleans||4:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||4:00 PM|
|Boise State||4:00 PM|