In his letter, which was obtained by SportsCenter and released on Twitter, A-Rod expresses remorse and regret for what happened, via Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com:
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 the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job.
Big League Stew also shared an image of the full hand-written letter:
A report from Teri Thompson, Bill Madden and Nathaniel Vinton of the New York Daily News stated that Rodriguez was going to use Yankee Stadium as a way to make a public apology, but he opted for the letter instead.
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The Yankees haven't helped Rodriguez at all in this situation, which Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote has been a mistake:
So, at the time the Yankees re-signed A-Rod, they had to know that there was at least a chance he had used PEDs. And unless the marketing agreement specifically gave them an out if Rodriguez was suspended for PED use (doubtful), the team likely will fight an uphill battle in its quest to void the deal. It’s the old story: Buyer beware.
Rodriguez says in the letter that a lot of fans aren't going to believe anything he says anymore, but this is all he can do to try to quiet the firestorm before spring training begins for the Yankees on Friday.
It's also not the first time Rodriguez has apologized for his role in a scandal, apologizing in 2009 for use of banned substances:
At 39 years old and having played just 44 games since 2013, Rodriguez's days of being a consistently productive player are in the rear-view mirror. The Yankees certainly need him to produce if they want to contend in 2015.
On the off chance he is an offensive force this season, Yankees fans may quickly turn from panning him to supporting him.