MLB expected to suspend Braun, A-Rod, and others after All-Star break

Suspensions coming for Braun, A-Rod, others after All-Star break

7/9/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - MLB expected to suspend Braun, A-Rod, and others after All-Star breakTony Bosch and his Biogenesis clinic have long been associated with baseball and performance-enhancing drugs. About a month ago, Bosch finally agreed to work with Major League Baseball to prove which players were taking the PEDs so that they could be properly punished.

When the report originally came out on June 5, the rumor was that the MLB would suspend the players linked to the Biogenesis clinic within two weeks. While that timetable turned out to be false, it appears that the MLB is now ready to bring down the hammer on offenders of the league's drug policy.

According to T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish, who broke the news originally back in early June, the MLB will suspend upwards of 22 players shortly after the All-Star break. The timing of the suspensions are likely to avoid marring baseball's celebratory weekend with such disappointing news. Of course, the fact that we all know the suspensions are coming will still have us wondering if all the baseballs being launched over the outfield walls during the home run derby are a product of banned substances.

Ryan Braun (Brewers) and Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) headline the players who will be suspended. As many as 20 other players are said to be facing suspensions as well. Although the punishment for a first offense is a 50-game ban, Braun and Rodriguez are likely facing 100-game suspensions - the MLB will claim that the first offense was taking the banned substances, and the second offense was lying about their association with the clinic.

After the suspensions are handed out, there will likely be a plethora of appeals. This is going to be a long and tedious process.
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7/11/13   |   Scott   |   53599 respect

Suspensions may be handed out but I'd shocked if any of them are served at any point this season.  The appeals process could tie this whole mess up in court for quite a while

7/10/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

So, what is MLB's evidence and how did they acquire it? Until I learn both of these, I'm going to continue to consider this a power grab by baseball. One thing others have pointed out is if Melky Cabrera wasn't suspended for 100 games for his fake website thing, how can anyone here be suspended more for "lying?" There are standards set in the Joint Drug Agreement, and MLB is ignoring them in their zealotry.

MLB thinks they'll credit for this, and that all the blame will go to the "cheaters." I've been skeptical of that for a while, but from what I'm hearing, that may be what's happening. It's unfortunate, but apparently people have decided the ends justify the means. I just get the feeling PR is MLB's primary motivation.

7/10/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

I sure wish David Stern would stay on as NBA Commisioner and Bud Selig retire as MLB commish.  Maybe Stern could become head of MLB Players Union so that we wouldn't have a witch hunt.  Truly believe Selig and his buddies want all the players from the 1920's to come out of the grave and play ball.  Didn't see any owners crying over their profits during the so-called steroid era.  If they want to suspend the players, and keep them from getting in the HOF, then don't be hypocrites.  Try giving all the money you made during those years back to the fans that you claim were scammed by these "cheaters!"  Must really pain Selig that one of the players being investigated is the Golden Child of his former team.

7/10/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I find myself scouring the interwebs for more news on this.  Your comment about the "over the wall home runs" has me thinking the home run derby will be a waste of time to watch