THE BRONX - Alex Rodriguez still plans to fight on after an arbitrator reduced his MLB suspension to 162 games, down from 211 for his alleged link to a performance-enhancing drug firm.

Rodriguez's suspension marks the most severe punishment in the history of baseball's drug agreement.

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The 14-time all-star admitted five years ago that he used PEDs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003, but remains steadfast in his position that he has not used them since.

The MLB's drug rules were first agreed upon in 2002, as management and the Players Union attempted to combat the use of steroids and other PEDs.

By missing out on this year's season, Rodriguez stands to lose just over $22 million of his $25 million salary.

News 12 viewers took to Facebook to voice their opinions about the kerfluffle. They were split in their opinions, with many claiming Rodriguez is a cheater who is now getting what he deserves. Others say the punishment is too harsh and Rodriguez has every right to wish to take it to federal court.

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The Yankees released a statement saying they "respect Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program, the arbitration process, as well as the decision released today by the arbitration panel."