2014 ban a crushing defeat for A-Rod

Arbitrator's ruling slams Yank, leaving Alex's legacy -- and MLB future -- in tatters

Updated: January 11, 2014, 4:52 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

The game is over now, and at least Alex Rodriguez can say he did not go down looking. He did not leave the bat on his shoulder. He raged against the case baseball made against him with such purpose, going all-in emotionally and financially, that he deserved to have some 9-year-old kid tell him, "Good job, good effort."

But trying wasn't enough for Rodriguez here, not even close. He had to find a way to win. And Saturday, when arbitrator Fredric Horowitz took 49 games off Rodriguez's 211-game ...

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