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