(CNN) — Yankees third baseman Alex Rodrgiuez, who sat out the entire 2014 season following accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs, apologized to fans in a handwritten letter released by his representatives Tuesday.
Rodriguez wrote that he was offered a chance to apologize publicly at Yankee Stadium, but declined. He prefers to be “doing my job” and playing baseball next time he walks onto the field.
“I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season,” A-Rod wrote in the letter. “I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be.”
Having served his suspension, the team has indicated that the next step is for Rodriguez to get back in the game, he wrote.
“I’m ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball,” he said.