Since news first became public back in January that a number of MLB players had allegedly received performance enhancing drugs from a Miami-based clinic the possibility of suspensions has loomed. Major League Baseball has since kept relatively tight-lipped on much of their investigation, though we’ve heard rumblings here and there that they were determined to enforce punishment on those involved. It would now seem as though the league is prepared to suspend as many as 20 players following next week’s All Star Game, according to information obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish suggest that the length of these pending suspensions may be all that remains before decisions are finalized by the Commissioner’s Office. It also appears as though Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are the two key targets of the league’s investigations.
Tony Bosch, the man behind the BioGenesis clinic, has reportedly been working closely with league officials since reaching an agreement to cooperate about the players who frequented his facilities. The league has been building cases since and have made efforts to speak with numerous players who are reportedly involved. Braun met with league officials on June 29th, according to Quinn, but refused to answer questions about his alleged relationship with Bosch and BioGenesis. Rodriguez is set to speak with officials sometime in the coming week, but he isn’t expected to answer questions either.
The league is apparently considering 100 game suspensions for both Braun and Rodriguez. Neither player has ever been suspended previously for their use of PEDs, but the league views this series of incidents as multiple offenses which they players have lied about.
It remains to be seen which other players are in danger of receiving suspensions. Those linked to BioGenesis include: Melky Cabrera, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, Fautino de los Santos, Yasmani Grandal, Fernando Martinez, Jesus Montero, Jordan Norberto, Jhonny Peralta, and Cesar Puello.