Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and Curtis Granderson might be suspended in 2013

Rumor alert: The Yankees might have a serious PED problem

3/5/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

May 15, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (14) is congratulated by second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the  Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 5 - 2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY SportsRight now, it's merely an unconfirmed rumor. A product of anonymous sources, who may or may not be the same anonymous sources who correctly predicted a similar event last year.

Still, if there's any truth behind this rumor at all, then it could mean some serious trouble for the New York Yankees.

According to Joe Bisceglie of a site called Dog and Pony Show, his sources have told him that four MLB players will be suspended in 2013 for failing drug tests.

The four players: 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun, and Yankees stars Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez.

Normally, as Bisceglie himself freely admitted, there would be no reason to even bat an eye at something that he tweeted or wrote about sports. Normally, I wouldn't even read his blog or see his tweets, never mind pass it along to the rest of you.

But last year, Bisceglie tweeted something eerily similar. And he was 100% right. On July 18, he tweeted that Melky Cabrera would be suspended soon for violating the MLB PED policy. In August, Cabrera was suspended for violating MLB's PED policy.

This year, he's saying that the aforementioned four players will be suspended sometime this season.

It actually makes some sense, if you look at them logically.

Sep 23, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) hits a double against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsBraun came within a hair's breadth of serving a 50-game suspension in 2012, but escaped due to a technicality. But even the most ardent Braun apologists know deep down inside that he was doping. Would it be a surprise if he got caught again? Absolutely not.

Rodriguez is... well, let's face it: Alex Rodriguez is the poster boy for PED use among all current MLB players. He has already admitted to doing it in the past, and seems to be at the center of every single PED rumor that comes down the pipe. This would be the least surprising potential news about PEDs in baseball.

Cano is a guy who has been linked to PED use in the past, albeit mere rumors published in places like The Sporting News. He is good friends and a former teammate of Cabrera, though, and it's not unreasonable to question his recent power surge.

Granderson is the one guy who hasn't been questioned or suspected, as far as I know, but would it really shock anyone if he were to participate in something that his teammates were doing, particularly if he has seen one or more of them get away with it for years?

If this story is true, then it could be huge news for the Yankees, but mostly because of Cano.

Rodriguez was already going to miss almost 100 games due to injury, and if this happens, this could be the second time he has gotten suspended during time he would have missed due to injury anyway. Granderson is also hurt, with a broken arm that could keep him out for around a month of the regular season anyway, so he'll really only be missing another few weeks on top of that. The biggest news would be Cano missing serious time, since he's not only healthy, but he's also their best player right now.

As far as Braun goes... well, this would really just be poetic justice for the first time he got popped.

We'll see how much of this actually goes down, or if it's just a baseless rumor.
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3/6/13   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

gvanc wrote:
I'm no fan of A-Rod, but when exactly was he suspended for 50 games?  Never.  Your inaccuracy destroys the credibility of your entire article.  Get your facts straight.

You are correct, in one sense. He wasn't suspended. He came incredibly close, but it never actually went down. My bad on that.

As far as destroying the credibility of the article... it doesn't do that, in this case, because I was passing along a rumor, and qualified it as such. My sources for that rumor are linked pretty clearly in the article, so my personal credibility has nothing to do with it anyway.

Thanks for catching my mistake and notifying me of it in such a tactful manner.

3/6/13   |   gvanc

I'm no fan of A-Rod, but when exactly was he suspended for 50 games?  Never.  Your inaccuracy destroys the credibility of your entire article.  Get your facts straight.

3/5/13   |   Yankees2012   |   15393 respect

Dan_B wrote:
You are measured in what you say about Cano, but it is a little aggressive to say he has been linked to PEDs in the past. Beyond his friendship with Cabrera, that is really it for linking him to PEDs. Further, I wouldn't really say he had a recent power surge. His homers the last four seasons: 25, 29, 28, 33. Nothing really jumps out there to me, especially given his ages those seasons (26-29).

Having said that, if he roided, he roided...

I would think they deserve that they get whats given to them, oh well, baseball continues, lets play ball..

3/5/13   |   Yankees2012   |   15393 respect

Dan_B wrote:
You are measured in what you say about Cano, but it is a little aggressive to say he has been linked to PEDs in the past. Beyond his friendship with Cabrera, that is really it for linking him to PEDs. Further, I wouldn't really say he had a recent power surge. His homers the last four seasons: 25, 29, 28, 33. Nothing really jumps out there to me, especially given his ages those seasons (26-29).

Having said that, if he roided, he roided...

I hope its not true..

3/5/13   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Dan_B wrote:
You are measured in what you say about Cano, but it is a little aggressive to say he has been linked to PEDs in the past. Beyond his friendship with Cabrera, that is really it for linking him to PEDs. Further, I wouldn't really say he had a recent power surge. His homers the last four seasons: 25, 29, 28, 33. Nothing really jumps out there to me, especially given his ages those seasons (26-29).

Having said that, if he roided, he roided...

I'm hoping the Cano part is false, because I have the #1 overall pick in a keeper league, and I'm debating between him and Carlos Gonzalez, and leaning heavily towards Cano.

3/5/13   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

You are measured in what you say about Cano, but it is a little aggressive to say he has been linked to PEDs in the past. Beyond his friendship with Cabrera, that is really it for linking him to PEDs. Further, I wouldn't really say he had a recent power surge. His homers the last four seasons: 25, 29, 28, 33. Nothing really jumps out there to me, especially given his ages those seasons (26-29).

Having said that, if he roided, he roided...