Alex Rodriguez passes on formal press conference, submits handwritten apology letter to fans

Ryan Hannable
February 17, 2015 - 8:18 am

With Alex Rodriguez set to return to baseball this season after his suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, the Yankees wanted him to clear the air before he got to their spring training facility and not have any distractions once he got there. The team even went as far as to offering Yankee Stadium as a place to hold a formal press conference. Rodriguez said he was "gracious" of the club's offer but instead submitted a handwritten letter to fans apologizing for his actions (the letter can be viewed here). It reads: To the Fans, I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season. 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. I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point. I understand why and that's on me. It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology, but I decided that next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job. I served the longest suspension in the history of the league for PED use. The Commissioner has said the matter is over. The Players Association has said the same. The Yankees have said the next step is to play baseball. I'm ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball. This game has been my single biggest passion since I was a teenager. 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. Sincerely, Alex