Posted June 05, 2013

Report: MLB preparing suspensions for Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, others for Biogenesis link

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MLB is preparing to suspend Alex Rodriguez and others for connection to Biogenesis clinic. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

MLB is preparing to suspend Alex Rodriguez and others for connections to a South Florida clinic. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and others connected to the Biogenesis clinic in South Florida, reports ESPN.com.

The report also states that as many as 20 other players will also be suspended because of their connection with the clinic. Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch agreed to cooperate with investigators from MLB after months of trying to verify if the players received performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch. Investigators have had records for more than a month that named the players.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal have all received 50-game suspensions for failing PED tests and all had reported connections with Bosch.

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners minor league catcher Jesus Montero, and Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta are also being looked at for possible suspensions.

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As far as Rodriguez and Braun are concerned, MLB is set to argue both players violated policy twice: once by dealing with Bosch, and another time for lying to MLB about their connection to Bosch’s clinic.

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Until now, Bosch had denied any wrongdoing with PED distribution.

“I have been accused, tried and convicted in the media. And so I think [I] have been falsely accused throughout the media,” Bosch told ESPN recently. “I’ve done nothing wrong.”

More from ESPN.com:

One source familiar with the case said the commissioner’s office might seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and other players, the penalty for a second doping offense. The argument, the source said, is that the players’ connection to Bosch constitutes one offense, and previous statements to MLB officials denying any such connection or the use of PEDs constitute another. Bosch and his attorneys did not return several calls.


67 comments
ElMaizMazorca
ElMaizMazorca

Davi G I just try to say 1990 but I forget the 9 LOL.'!!

shipdog7
shipdog7

Tony Bosch agreed to cooperate with investigators. That means a plea deal. He will get no jail time or minimum. 

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VicenteEKurland300

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RicardoHernandez
RicardoHernandez

sorry but the true is there, i fallow baseball from my age of 7 year, every body know the average of home rum is from 20-32 in a single baseball player, Now i see some player crossing 40 HR , 50 HR a lot? WHY ? it was until PEDS and HGH come out. but MLB know that, they want the player to make show of HOME RUN, now they can control that. cause there is a lot of money in between. SORRY .

RicardoHernandez
RicardoHernandez

i dont like the fat they only in top of some player, when they know a lot of then use that garbage or what ever they want to call  now. 

6marK6
6marK6

The expression "where there is smoke there is fire," always applies when PEDs are involved.

RicardoHernandez
RicardoHernandez

Bud Selig if you want to do your JOB the right way, make people and the fan 

happy Release that list of 104 player the MLB hide with out any pain.


my question still the same, why Bud Selig President of MLB dont want to 

release the list the MLB have of 104 players that use the PEDS back to the 

1900 and 2000 ? only want to left go some name in that list, I know WHY ? 

Cuase in that list they have BIG name like Derec Jeter and more famous 

player, That they are quiet now. i not defend 

any body, but that not fear, MLB know they BIG business will going down. 

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

The Yankees are happy about this as they can now void his contract.

ReedWright
ReedWright

It's all about the money.  These highly paid professional athletes, such as Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Mark McGwire and Lance Armstrong, have no morals.  Alex Rodriguez will always be monetarily rich, but he will never be known for having integrity.  And he will never know what it's like to be called a Hall of Famer.  These athletes have let down themselves, their families, friends, teammates and their team owners.  But most importantly, they let down the fans.  It is the fans who admire, idolize and pay these cheaters salaries.  The fans build them up, but it is these cheaters who knock themselves down.  Anything for the money and fame.  In sports, to be a cheater is much worse than being a drug addict or alcoholic.  We can sympathize with troubled people.  But there is no feeling sorry for a cheater who had it all.

FDowney
FDowney

All I care about is this: is anyone on the list on my favorite MLB team, and is anyone on the list on my first-place Fantasy team? And if you don't think the vast majority of fans will be asking this, you're dreaming.

Mike26
Mike26

No doubt that MLB will cave/screw this up "accidentally" and these players won't miss a game.  And to think, I thought Mr. Herpes (Braun) and A-Rod were au naturelle......

matt37
matt37

For tens of millions of dollars a year, this will never go away.  There will always be guys willing to roll the dice.  Especially when for some steroids is the difference between millions of dollars per year and a career in sales.  Secondly, testing will always play catch-up with new drugs. 

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

"Bad News." title writer?  Can't bury our heads in the sand like so many did 15 years ago.  Policy & prevention in testing, investigate when facts, afford due process, impose penalties when standard's met.  All part of cleaning up the mess users, pushers & enablers helped to create and perpetuate today.  At least you used a (?).

If accurate, this report means MLB has some intergrity & substance in their PED prevention program.  That's good news.  Where's DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA on this issue?  Still sitting on their hands. 

Again, if accurate reporting, Bosch may prove better witness than did Pettitte, especially with "records" provided.  MLBPA & supporters of the named players might want to get on the right (winning) side of the fence on this one.  Not that it'll come to this, but, Shyam Das (Braun '12) is no longer on the appeal's panel.

bluejays1232
bluejays1232

They will all say they misremembered like that idiot roger clemens did

bluejays1232
bluejays1232

Braun for one is a lying piece of garbage. He should be banned for life from MLB

riley8
riley8

The problem with MLB is the hypocrisy.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

These guys are such liars. It's probably over stating it to say that are disgracing the gam. that's already been done, but they just lie, and lie, and lie. I'd like to see A-Rod suspended for life. He has no honor at all.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Bud doesn't have any choice. He's been crowing for a while now about how "baseball has been cleaned up." And don't forget how he was crucified because he "let" the Steroid Era happen in the first place. He has to come down hard.

David G
David G

Sounds like karma is knocking on the doors of a few players - including yet not limited to Braun and A-Rod.  Going to be hot summer for sure.  Does anyone think MLB really wants to suspend these guys? 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Much as I detest A-Roid and other cheaters - I don't see how MLB can possibly impose a suspension based on the say-so of one proven criminal. The Union and players will sue - and win. The players contract lays out very clear and specific grounds for suspension - and "cause this dude who peddles drugs says someone is a customer," is most definitely nor one of them. I suggest Bud and Co. worry about the travesty that are the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros. Now there is an embarrassment to baseball. 



brasscrest
brasscrest

He agreed to cooperate with MLB investigators.  Not a criminal investigation.  Also, many of the substances he supplied are not illegal - they are simply against the rules of MLB.  There are also criminal investigations of Biogenesis under way in Florida, but those are not to the indictment stage yet, so a plea deal would be premature.

Cool
Cool

@VicenteEKurland300 You do realize that in order to do this, she would be on some dudes laptop 8 hours every single day of the month?  Do the math loser.

Cool
Cool

@VicenteEKurland300 Ex wives working on other men's is nothing new... and the fact that they are collecting money doing it is even less newsworthy.  But you might be interested in knowing that your wife (Vicente) is working on my laptop as we speak.  $50!!!???!!!

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Mike26 

Braun should have his MVP from last season stripped. As if any of us actually believed he wasn't doping. What a doooosh...

6marK6
6marK6

@matt37 That sounds nice, but there really is very little scientific evidence that shows steroids or HGH have any negative results if used properly.

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

@KeysSteven  

And the best part is, when MLB found out that A-Rod was attempting to get his info out of there, MLB swooped in and got that to stop as well

j7apple
j7apple

@bluejays1232 Gee, I thought a fellow was innocent until proven guilty. Bosch is playing a little of his own damage control. I wouldnt trust him to save my life.

Mike26
Mike26

@bluejays1232 How dare you talked about everyone's favorite herpes-infested, reigning NL MVP!  He got a nice bonus for cheating last year!

Daniel19
Daniel19

@Rickapolis  All of em should be punished hard. But dude, put yourself in their place. Would you be honest and say "hey yeah I'm guilty as hell!!!"?? Somehow I think not.

TeddyBloomquist
TeddyBloomquist

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Are you serious? Leave the investigating and legal maneuvers to, you know, the investigators and lawyers. And don'y try to compare this to the fed cases against Bonds and Clemens, this is a totally different venue and has nothing to do with perjury. They wouldn't be moving forward if all they had was the "say-so of one proven criminal." 

train805
train805

I agree with everything you said, aside from the comment about the astros. New ownership, new league, and a very clear business plan says they are building something. They need at least 3 years to be at the very least competitive in their division. The marlins on the other hand have a crooked owner who has done what he has done multiple times, with multiple clubs. He should be forced out.

ChipWelch
ChipWelch

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius In the case of a few of the players it is more than just hearsay.  They have check stubs, credit card receipts and other factual evidence linking the players to the clinic.  

As far as suspension, yes the contract between the players union and the owners lays out specific language.  That language also includes ways to suspend a player for drug use other than a positive test.  That includes documentation and evidence of drug use.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius " I don't see how MLB can possibly impose a suspension based on the say-so of one proven criminal."

That's not all they've got. What do you think they've been doing for the past six months?

FDowney
FDowney

@leehwgoc @FDowney That we only care about steroids if it affects our rooting interests (and sometimes Fantasy). I don't care if Mike Trout (to pick someone on my Fantasy team at random) is roiding, as long as he doesn't get caught. I don't care if Dustin Pedroia (to pick someone on my favorite MLB team at random) is roiding, as long as he doesn't get caught. And I don't think I'm alone....and I think I'm even *less* alone if we're talking about football.

matt37
matt37

@6marK6 @matt37 That might be the case.  But are you going to pay for the trainers to oversee proper usage of steroids at the high school level?  Because when guys make tens of millions at the big league level while using steroids, you can bet that it trickles down to 15 and 16 year olds.

tracejuno
tracejuno

@FDowney @tracejuno It's unlikely, but we all could be. Even Presidents have parents. There are quite a few pro athletes out there. That's a lot of parents.

FDowney
FDowney

@tracejuno We're talking about professional athletes. How many of us are going to be the parent of a professional athlete?

tracejuno
tracejuno

I hate PEDs because I have children and I don't want to have to tell them they can only reach certain goals through cheating. If that is private rooting so be it. 

If you don't mind showing your kids the way to certain gyms, doctors etc. when they ask you for advice, well, go ahead, but I'm not sure you actually are part of a majority.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@FDowney @leehwgoc Okay.  Cynical, but probably accurate.

But it still doesn't really *matter*.  The motivations a large category of the public have to decry PED usage might be dubious in nature, but it's nonetheless more than enough sentiment to continue fueling the crack-down.  For every MLB team, there are 29 other fanbases that don't want their players to have any (perceived to be) unfair advantage.

As for the NFL, the crack-down is coming there, too.  It's just a bigger nut to crack than with the other sports.  The pressure is mounting, however, and steam indefinitely trapped in any container always explodes eventually.

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@TeddyBloomquist @Daniel19 @Rickapolis Pettitte took HGH for 3 days...that is not going to do squat for him and he wanted to return from an injury..Pettitte admitted to this and is probably the most honest guy out of anybody in this PED mess. Granted, he did hang around looney bin Clemens, who is the biggest liar this side of Bonds.