Posted August 05, 2013

Nelson Cruz headlines players suspended in MLB Biogenesis case

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Nelson Cruz will accept a 50-game ban from Major League Baseball. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Nelson Cruz will accept a 50-game ban from Major League Baseball. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz headlines a group of 12 players that have been suspended 50 games in connection with the Florida-based clinic, Biogenesis, according to multiple reports.

According to the Associated Press and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the following players have been suspended 50 games:

  • Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta
  • Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo
  • San Diego Padres infielder Everth Cabrera and reliever Fautino de los Santos
  • New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and minor league outfielder Fernando Martinez
  • Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero
  • Houston Astros reliever Sergio Escalona
  • New York Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin and minor league outfielder Cesar Puello.
  • Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto

Earlier in the month, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Ryan Braun 65 games for multiple unspecified “violations” of the league’s drug program and labor contract. He became the first player punished as a result of MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

Cruz decided to forgo appealing his suspension and continue playing with the Rangers because Cruz will become a free agent at the end of the season. By serving his suspension this season, Cruz can be ready to play in all of 2014 without further discipline.

PHOTOS: Players linked to Biogenesis

Cruz fired his agent from the ACES group and has hired Adam Katz, according to an ESPNDallas.com report. Cruz recently said he was worried not only for his own fate but he’s “definitely concerned” about the team as well. Cruz has hit a team-leading 26 home runs while driving in a team-high 75 RBIs this year for the Rangers.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has not been listed among those suspended in the Biogenesis case but he is reportedly facing a suspension that would stretch through the 2014 season. According to the reports, Rodriguez will be allowed to play for the Yankees throughout the appeal process. An official announcement is expected Monday.

LEMIRE: Latest updates on A-Rod


112 comments
ButchBlosc
ButchBlosc

Without 'roids, a-Rod would have hit about 150 HR's.

ace2
ace2

Latin American players polluted MLB

RedPenn
RedPenn

Keep an eye on the performance of the violators if they return which is not going to be worthy of MLB.

Moirraine
Moirraine

Two questions need to be answered - since charges of RACISM are starting to pop up all over the net:

Were there ANY OTHER MLB players who were not suspended who ALSO took THE SAME SUBTANCE AND TESTED POSITIVE?


WERE ANY or ALL of the players who were suspended CUSTOMERS of BIOGENESIS?


COME on SI, don't let this spin out of control.


coalminds
coalminds

And I'm sure Bartolo Colon stopped using roids after last year, what with him being 3rd in the league in ERA as a 40 year old who was out of the game for 2 seasons. Lol the MLB's testing must be terrible.

RD
RD

If Nelson Cruz wasn't juicing maybe he would have caught David Freese's fly ball in the 6th game of the World Series and THEN the Rangers would have been Champions.  I haven't seen too many right fielders make a play that bad before or since.  I guess Karma got Cruz before he got caught.  What cheating lying low-life punks Cruz and all the other juicers are.

ted17
ted17

lets see now:  where are the non-hispanic names in the group?



SteelerMac
SteelerMac

May I suggest an answer to this blight on MLB...Ban all non-English (SPANISH) speaking players from ever playing in the USA MLB. All those who are currently on MLB rosters be sent immediately to the Country of their origin including any of their immediate and extended family. Hello Mr Commissioner are you listening?

VABoy
VABoy

Whats the big deal with them doing it anyhow. I mean I don't hear anyone complaining that they all get shot up with cortizone so they can play when the pain gets to be to great, or taking Vicadin before the game or using any number of prescription drugs to be able to play. Tell me whats the difference. Cortizone allows a person to play above his ability just the same as PED's and HGH.

MichaelJSalmestrelli
MichaelJSalmestrelli

Glad MLB made sure they weren't suspending the same player twice for a single offense. Melky Cabrea wasn't resuspended. Colon wasn't either. Their being cited on that report maybe related to their single positive test. Makes sense. Glad for the MLB's actions for once. Just clean house. PEDs wreck your health and kids who love to play the game should know that PEDs are a bad idea. 

IronGunz
IronGunz

Whatever happened to players whose worst behavior was getting drunk after the games at night? Maybe pitching a no hitter on LSD or a perfect game hung over.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

How is it that when someone fails a test they are not required to reveal where they got whatever they took as a condition of their reinstatement in the league.  MLB and the other leagues need to take the dirty player and investigate where they are getting the juice.  The fact they never dig deeper simply from a failed test is indicative that they really are not that serious about ending the use of peds.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

6 of the top 14 on the all time home runs list will never get in the HOF due to their steroid use.  The way the record books are bastardized by these cheaters is disgusting.  It is clear Alex knows he is never getting in, so he does not care about his image anymore, he just wants to ensure he gets as much money from his last contract as he can get.

The fact a player's contract is not immediately voided once they are caught cheating is beyond me.  It makes no sense that it isn't. 

JakeFromStateFarm17
JakeFromStateFarm17

All these posts about Hispanics (or Latino) being suspended, leaves me wondering is Ryan Braun is the 1st Jewish Hispanic since Juan Epstein

Whatever
Whatever

Dear MLB:

Please, please, PLEASE do what is right for the game and ban A-Rod for life. He has consistently lied to fans and MLB, has consistently used PEDs, has tried to buy documents proving he used to block MLB's investigation, and has done everything possible for himself and to the detriment of MLB and baseball in general. Don't let him be rewarded with a lesser ban and then his millions of dollars owed under his contract, a contract he would never have received if he hadn't been doping.

Mr. Selig, if MLB must ban A-Rod under the "good of the game" clauses, then do it. Fight A-Rod's appeal, and make it all public so everyone can see what a lying, cheating SOB A-Rod really is. And if an arbitrator reduces his ban, then so be it, you did all you could to get him out of baseball. But at least try. Go for it. Restore integrity to the game.

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

Finding non-Hispanics who took steroids is like finding non-blacks in the NBA. They exist, but they're less common.

The_Dijon_Mustard_National
The_Dijon_Mustard_National

I don't know if baseball can ever recover from losing stars like Jordany Valdespin and Francisco Cervelli.

wetmouse
wetmouse

I just learned from WillWillis1 that Bonds, Giambi, Clemens, Matt Williams, Brady Anderson, Ken Caminiti, Lenny Dykstra, Andy Pettite and Mark McGwire are Latinos!

WillWillis1
WillWillis1

The big question that needs answering is *why* 90%+ of PED violators are Latino. The obvious explanation most people will jump on is that it's something cultural/racial with these guys, but I'm not convinced it's that easy. Maybe in some cases it is, but I also wonder how much of this is effectively exploitation from agents, family, etc. We know coming up through the international systems that many of these kids are pushed to lie about their age and even identity in order to maximize their draft/income potential, so why would it be any different here? I could easily see a culture unscrupulous agents and hangers-on driving a lot of this business.

That said, I'm not absolving anyone of guilt or trying to make excuses for them. Anyone who gets caught should face the penalty. I'm just saying that there seems to be a bigger underlying issue than simple racism explanations can accommodate.

beercrackin'g8r
beercrackin'g8r

Or is it that maybe their stats are all-world in their home countries but they arrive here, see its big boy baseball and have to take what angle they can?

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

@SteelerMac Sounds like something America should do with all people. If you can't pass a basic English test 1 month from now, you get deported.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@JakeFromStateFarm17 It's like that Sesame Street thing.  One of these is not like the others can you pick out which one it is?  How in the heck are all the rest Latinos and he was a part of that group?  lol

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

@Whatever Have you ever considered that ARod is just a figurehead who represents a large number of people in the MLB doing the same exact thing?

dwainm40
dwainm40

@wetmouse And you probably blame Obama's failures on Bush. Please step into the present.

dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

@wetmouse Finding non-Hispanics who took steroids is like finding non-blacks in the NBA. They exist, but they're less common.

TomReynolds
TomReynolds

@WillWillis1 - it's an important question.  As I think you'll see though, most people on forums (and often in life), prefer short declarative statements, usually in the form of cliche, rather than open-ended questions which make them think.  This is in part because 80% of people are idiots.

Whatever
Whatever

@WillWillis1 Or maybe it's that A-Rod as the ringleader of bringing others to Biogenesis knows more Hispanic players, that there are more Hispanic players who winter in Miami or South Florida, or that most of the white and black players have already been busted. 

tracejuno
tracejuno

@WillWillis1"The obvious explanation most people will jump on is that it's something cultural/racial with these guys, but I'm not convinced it's that easy."

That's the most racist remark I've heard or read all day, man. 

jonesjason555
jonesjason555

Well, thank you for letting us know what the biggest question is and then answering it..  Thanks for explaining that is not a cultural or racists, I'm sure that was on everyone's mind.  Yeah, that's the real big debate here,  you really nailed it.  Clearly, you have a vast knowledge of all the pressures young Latinos face while coming up the international system, perhaps you should convene a committee to explore solutions.

WillWillis1
WillWillis1

@Whatever Certainly a possibility, though I'm uncertain if last year's Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, etc. suspensions fall into this same group. 

wtfields1103
wtfields1103

@Whatever @WillWillis1 

More likely that non-hispanics simply use other labs for their products.    Biogenesis happened to be in south Fla, and was exposed by a disgruntled employee.  We know there was Balco, we know there was Biogenesis.   I imagine there are quite a number of such labs - they just haven't been "outed" yet.


WillWillis1
WillWillis1

@jonesjason555 I didn't "answer" anything. If that's what you got from my post, either I didn't get my point across clearly or you failed at reading comprehension. Or perhaps a bit of both.

Anyway, all I'm doing is encouraging people to think deeper on the issue than the typical surface level analysis. I don't have the answers, all I know is that you get rid of any problem by finding and eliminating the root cause(s). Treating the symptoms (suspending violators in this case) only gets you so far.

WillWillis1
WillWillis1

@dwainm40 @wtfields1103 @Whatever @WillWillis1 Good points, and I'm not going to argue that what we're seeing with so many Latino players being caught (in relation to others) isn't skewed due to Biogenesis' specific location and client list. You're probably right that it had a lot to do with it in this case. 


David90
David90

@WillWillis1 @jonesjason555 everybody loves calling another person a racist. I didn't read a racist tone to your comment.  I wonder how many people that issued threats to the Eagles receiver haven't used racist language themselves.  People's quick trigger to point out racism and take what is so often a totally hipocrytical stance only perpetuates more racism. 

-Cracker-