MLB Prepares to Suspend Multiple Players

BREAKING NEWS: MLB Could Suspend up to 20 Players This Week for PED Usage

6/4/13 in MLB   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Let me first start right off the bat here by saying I've never enjoyed the idea of having steroids as part of the game.  To me, it's a disgrace to the game of baseball, and has ruined the image of our national pastime.  Today, news is breaking per ESPN's Outside the Lines that Major League Baseball could suspend up to 20 major leaguers this week in connection with Tony Bosch and the now defunct Biogenesis clinic in Florida.

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Bud Selig is vowing to crack down on this, saying he'd opt for not a 50-game suspension, but rather a 100-game suspension!  Here's a list of some of the potential soon-to-be suspended players:
Blog Photo - MLB Prepares to Suspend Multiple Players
  • Ryan Braun (Brewers)
  • Everth Cabrera (Padres)
  • Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays)
  • Francisco Cervelli (Yankees)
  • Bartolo Colon (Athletics)
  • Nelson Cruz (Rangers)
  • Fautino de los Santos (free agent)
  • Gio Gonzalez (Nationals) (though sources claim he only received "legal substances")
  • Yasmani Grandal (Padres)
  • Fernando Martinez (Astros)
  • Jesus Montero (Mariners)
  • Jordan Norberto (free agent)
  • Johnny Peralta (Tigers)
  • Cesar Puello (Mets minor leaguer)
  • Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)

Take a good long look at some of those names on this list, pretty substantial if you ask me!  However, I say it's well-warranted.  Finally major league baseball is saying "you do the crime, you're gonna do the time!"  Of course the players can either accept or appeal the fine, and I'm sure most will probably choose to appeal.  I am hoping the league keeps their backbone with this and does not give into the players.

For some teams, this could be crippling, especially the Brewers who are struggling already.  I do not feel sorry for any of these guys.

What are your thoughts on this?  Share your opinions with us.

BK over and out
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6/6/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Trokspot wrote:
food for thought about PED use (I wrote this several months ago, though it seems especially relevant now): http://trokspot.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/peds-the-big-picture/

I agree. Its all my fault for having a cup of coffee in the morning... Blame me...

6/5/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

food for thought about PED use (I wrote this several months ago, though it seems especially relevant now): http://trokspot.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/peds-the-big-picture/

6/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Braun is not in todays lineup

6/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Drug use is still rampant in MLB....

6/4/13   |   CMB   |   2238 respect

At this point MLB just needs to move on.  The steroid era was awful and it's too bad that it ever happened, but come on.  There's now a solid penalty system in place (maybe not harsh enough), and MLB has been following it as they should.  There are definitely much more important matters in the game that they should be looking at now anyway like the lousy umpiring that gets worse each day, and the extreme lack of replay used, but that's a whole other issue.  These players are guilty, but the more we dwell on it, the worse it gets, and it ultimately makes MLB look even worse.

6/4/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Eric_ wrote:
So, MLB is cutting a deal with a drug dealer, including "putting in a good word for him" to any law enforcement agency in order to continue its witch hunt (which I'm guessing is mostly about A-Rod and Braun)? This will not end well, or cleanly, or without litigation. This isn't about "cleaning up the game," at least not primarily, it's about power. Why else would they go after people on the flimsy hard evidence they have? Why else are they trying for 100 game suspensions for players who don't have another prior offense?

The MLBPA will fight this, and I don't care how much of a PED pearl clutcher you are, you should want them to given MLB's tactics. Actually, what you should've wanted is MLB to not so aggressively fight this, since it won't do anything but make baseball look bad. Here's the reality: sports leagues who aggressively fight PED use just get labeled as dirty. See: cycling, and for the other end of the spectrum, the NFL.

yeap.. cutting a deal...these guys are like the gang that could not shoot straight...

6/4/13   |   Scott   |   52846 respect

Major League Baseball is treading into some dangerous water and I'm going to go out on a very shaky limb and say there is no way that this ends well for all parties involved

6/4/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Story to be continued...

6/4/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

So, MLB is cutting a deal with a drug dealer, including "putting in a good word for him" to any law enforcement agency in order to continue its witch hunt (which I'm guessing is mostly about A-Rod and Braun)? This will not end well, or cleanly, or without litigation. This isn't about "cleaning up the game," at least not primarily, it's about power. Why else would they go after people on the flimsy hard evidence they have? Why else are they trying for 100 game suspensions for players who don't have another prior offense?

The MLBPA will fight this, and I don't care how much of a PED pearl clutcher you are, you should want them to given MLB's tactics. Actually, what you should've wanted is MLB to not so aggressively fight this, since it won't do anything but make baseball look bad. Here's the reality: sports leagues who aggressively fight PED use just get labeled as dirty. See: cycling, and for the other end of the spectrum, the NFL.

6/4/13   |   cubsgirl   |   2647 respect

It's about F*****G time.  Great article Bryan.