Twelve MLB players suspended for PED use in Biogenesis probe

Add twelve more names to the suspension list in MLB's Biogenesis investigation

8/5/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

The axe has fallen once again in Major League Baseball's vigorous PED investigation, and twelve heads are rolling. Twelve players have agreed to a 50-game suspension, and waived their right to appeal according to FOX Sports. Here are the names:
Jul 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington . Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
• Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers outfielder
• Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres shortstop
• Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers shortstop
• Antonio Bastardo, Philadelphia Phillies reliever
• Jordany Valdespin, New York Mets outfielder
• Francisco Cervelli, Yankees catcher
• Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners catcher
• Cesar Puello, New York Mets outfield prospect
• Fautino De Los Santos, San Diego Padres pitching prospect
• Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros pitching prospect
• Fernando Martinez, New York Yankees outfield prospect
• Jordan Norberto, free-agent pitcher

There's still no word yet on Alex Rodriguez, mostly because he's likely to appeal his suspension, and also his suspension appears to be for more than the 50 game suspensions that these players received.

What do you think about this news? Is Major League Baseball any cleaner than it was a few weeks ago? Will these suspensions make players think twice about trying to use performance enhancing drugs? Or is it just MLB's way of trying to show they're doing something to clean up the game? What's your take?
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8/8/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

My question is...  If MLB's drug testing policy is so good...  Why did it not catch ANY of those players?

8/6/13   |   Scott   |   54570 respect

My take is I'll be glad when this whole thing is put to rest.  This scandal has been a black eye on what has been a pretty entertaining baseball season so far and has basically ruined any chance of me watching Baseball Tonight or MLB Network and listening to sports talk radio in general.

Now, if somebody can finally put A-Rod out of his delusional state of misery, maybe things can get back to "normal" and the circus can move somewhere else

8/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Eric_ wrote:
To answer the questions:

Is Major League Baseball any cleaner than it was a few weeks ago? I have no idea, and in fact have no idea how to measure that.

Will these suspensions make players think twice about trying to use performance enhancing drugs? Again, I have no idea. I'm not them.

Or is it just MLB's way of trying to show they're doing something to clean up the game? That's one way of putting it. Those that go crazy about this have shown nothing will satisfy them though, which is clearly empowering MLB in their own mind to go to every mean possible in order for the PR of "catching the cheaters." Of course, since the mouth foamers will never be satisfied, the best MLB can do is put all the heat on the players and the union.
 

Just like MLB and the Yankees manager presser...pass the buck.. the problem is that the amount of money is so great that they have developed the old boys club...these jobs are not replaceable....writers often express themselves through others and actually make no stand or may have no moral authority to comment...too bad... the drug use in baseball has negatively impacted many other players... expect better here...

8/5/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

To answer the questions:

Is Major League Baseball any cleaner than it was a few weeks ago? I have no idea, and in fact have no idea how to measure that.

Will these suspensions make players think twice about trying to use performance enhancing drugs? Again, I have no idea. I'm not them.

Or is it just MLB's way of trying to show they're doing something to clean up the game? That's one way of putting it. Those that go crazy about this have shown nothing will satisfy them though, which is clearly empowering MLB in their own mind to go to every mean possible in order for the PR of "catching the cheaters." Of course, since the mouth foamers will never be satisfied, the best MLB can do is put all the heat on the players and the union.
 

8/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Jess wrote:
I saw a great tweet yesterday - "Jesus Montero must have been taking the steroids that make people run slow."

Just think how slow he would have been with out the help... maybe the drugs made him fat!!!!

8/5/13   |   Jess   |   35061 respect

I saw a great tweet yesterday - "Jesus Montero must have been taking the steroids that make people run slow."