Braun, A-Rod among 20 players likely to be suspended for PEDs

MLB will try to suspend Braun, A-Rod, many more for PEDs

6/5/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Apr 13, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) sits in the dugout during the fourth inning of a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsMajor League Baseball would certainly love to put an end to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and they may be just a couple weeks away from making an example out of a plethora of PED users. T.J. Quinn of ESPN's "Outside the Lines" has reported that the MLB is seeking to suspend 20 players connected to the Biogenesis clinic of Miami.

Biogenesis probably sounds familiar, as this is not the first time the company has been mentioned in a PED scandal. Several players have been linked to the clinic in the past, but the players have denied the allegations of PED use, and Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch had refused to confirm the allegations. The difference this time around is that the MLB has reached an agreement with Bosch to cooperate in the MLB's investigation.

The list of players linked to Biogenesis is highlighted by Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, two players who have been linked to PEDs in the past. Braun faced a 50-game suspension for PED use following his MVP 2011 season, but successfully appealed the suspension a month later. Rodriguez, on the other hand, admitted that he had used banned substances from 2001-2003 - a matter completely separate from the allegations regarding Biogenesis.

Braun and Rodriguez are said to be facing 100-game suspensions as a result of violating the league's substance abuse policy twice. The league is planning to claim that the players' involvement with Biogenesis/usage of PEDs is one offense, while the fact that they previously denied their involvement with Biogenesis is a second offense. The MLB may attempt to dish out 100-game bans to other players as well, though many of them will be sentenced to the 50-game suspension given to first-time offenders.

Here is the full list of players currently connected to Biogenesis:

Blog Photo - Braun, A-Rod among 20 players likely to be suspended for PEDsRyan Bruan (MIL)
Everth Cabrera (SD)
Melky Cabrera (TOR)
Francisco Cervelli (NYY)
Bartolo Colon (OAK)
Nelson Cruz (TEX)
Fautino de los Santos (FA)
Gio Gonzalez (WAS)
Yasmani Grandal (SD)
Fernando Martinez (HOU)
Jesus Montero (SEA)
Jordan Norberto (FA)
Jhonny Peralta (DET)
Cesar Puello (NYM)
Alex Rodriguez (NYY)

It is worth noting that sources say that Gonzalez only received legal substances from Biogenesis, and that Puello is currently in the minor leagues, which means that he is not a member of the MLB Players' Association and can not appeal a suspension through arbitration.

Bosch is expected to reveal the names of other players who have yet to be uncovered. It is currently unclear how many additional players will be named in this case.

According to ESPN, the MLB was able to acquire Bosch's cooperation by dropping the lawsuit they filed against him in March, compensating him for any liability that may arise from his cooperation, providing personal security for him, and putting in a good word with local law enforcement, who reportedly may press charges.

This story is quickly developing, as Bosch is expected to meet with MLB officials within a week, and suspensions could be handed out within two weeks. A slew of player appeals will likely follow shortly thereafter.
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