Alex Rodriguez withdraws lawsuit to overturn suspension

By Ray Sanchez

NEW YORK (CNN) -- New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who received a 162-game doping suspension, Friday withdrew his lawsuit against Major League Baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig and the players' union.

In the lawsuit, Rodriguez sought to get a Manhattan federal court to throw out the record-setting penalty.

Notices of dismissal in the lawsuits were filed Friday in federal court in Manhattan

Major League Baseball said in statement: "We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez's actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire."

The Major League Baseball Players Association said in a statement: "Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit. His decision to move forward is in everyone's best interest."

The suspension will not only cost Rodriguez $25 million in salary, but it also further clouds the groundbreaking career of a player who'll turn 40 in the 2015 season.

Rodriguez, one of 14 players suspended in the Biogenesis scandal, was the only one who appealed his suspension. Though he was suspended in August, Rodriguez played out the 2013 season because of the appeal.


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