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A-Rod accepts suspension

The saga is -- it seems, at least -- over. After vowing to fight until the end, Alex Rodriguez finally dropped his lawsuit and accepted his MLB-imposed ban for the 2014 season. Rodriguez reportedly was concerned about the cost of fighting MLB (about $10 million in legal fees), and also about further damaging his relationship with the sport. Now he has his eyes on a 2015 return. He will be 39 when he comes back. What will come of all of it?

How do you feel about Alex Rodriguez accepting his suspension for the 2014 season?

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  • Can Alex Rodriguez ever repair his relationship with Major League Baseball?

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  • How much would Alex Rodriguez have helped the Yankees if he had been allowed to play in 2014?

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  • What type of player will Alex Rodriguez be in 2015?

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  • Did MLB treat Alex Rodriguez fairly?

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A-Rod suspended for '14 season

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season and postseason for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz handed down a ban for all of 2014 to the New York Yankees' third baseman, a reduction of MLB's original 211-game ban. However, Rodriguez can attend spring training due to a loophole in the suspension. Do you agree with the suspension? Have we seen the last of Alex Rodriguez?

What do you make of the arbitrator's decision to reduce Alex Rodriguez's original ban of 211 games to all of 2014 (regular season and postseason)?

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  • How surprised were you by the arbitrator's decision to reduce Alex Rodriguez's ban?

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  • What should the Yankees do if Alex Rodriguez shows up for spring training?

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  • What should Alex Rodriguez do?

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  • Would Alex Rodriguez be a productive player if he comes back for the 2015 season?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

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Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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A-Rod calls accusations 'nonsense'

The Alex Rodriguez situation got heated Wednesday, when A-Rod stormed out of his own grievance hearing after hearing Bud Selig would not have to testify, then taking to the radio to release his anger. "I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing," Rodriguez said in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after leaving the hearing. He called the Selig ruling "disgusting." He said he won't return. And of the 211-game suspension levied on him, he said: "I shouldn't even serve one inning." Will he?

How will Alex Rodriguez's interview Wednesday affect his case?

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  • Do you believe Alex Rodriguez's claim that he has been clean since 2003?

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  • Will Alex Rodriguez play in 2014?

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  • Can Alex Rodriguez still help a major-league team?

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  • What is your opinion of Alex Rodriguez?

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Alex Rodriguez vs. MLB

Alex Rodriguez and MLB have been at odds for some time, and now the dispute is getting quite heated. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred called Rodriguez's career "sad" and "tarnished" in response to a statement released by Rodriguez that criticized commissioner Bud Selig. Rodriguez is looking at a 211-game suspension that could spell the end of his time with the Yankees, if not his career in general.

MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred described Alex Rodriguez's career as "sad" and "tarnished." Is that an accurate description?

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  • Whose side are you on in the dispute between Alex Rodriguez and MLB?

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  • Will Alex Rodriguez ever play for the Yankees again?

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  • Would you vote for Alex Rodriguez for the Hall of Fame?

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  • When his career is over, will Alex Rodriguez have been bad for baseball?

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