The biggest PED suspension in MLB history may be upon us — it’s the Drugocalypse!
So Joe Bisceglie of Dog And Pony Show tweeted back in March that a big MLB PED suspension purge might be coming involving some big names. He called it the bombshell before the bombshell, and now apparently here it is. As many as 20 players connected to a Miami-area Biogenesis clinic will possibly be suspended by the league for PED use, ESPN is reporting today.
ESPN, of course, is calling this “breaking news” that “Outside the Lines has learned” and not crediting Bisceglie a whit. But that’s how they roll.
Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks, “Outside the Lines” has learned. If the suspensions are upheld, the performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.
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 the players’ connection to [Biogenesis founder Tony] 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. MLB officials refused to comment when reached Tuesday.
ESPN reports that other players “under scrutiny” are Everth Cabrera (Padres), Melky Cabrera (oh my) (Blue Jays), Francisco Cervelli (Yankees), Bartolo Colon (A’s), Nelson Cruz (Rangers), free agent Fautino de los Santos, Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), Yasmani Grandal (Padres), Fernando Martinez (Astros), Jesus Montero (Mariners), free agent Jordan Norberto, Jhonny Peralta (Tigers), and Cesar Puello (Mets system).
Hey did any one hear any baseball related news today?
— Joe Bisceglie (@joebisceglie) June 4, 2013
We were as shocked as you guys are by it. All we ask is that you remember where you heard it first when ESPN “breaks this” in 4 weeks.
— Joe Bisceglie (@joebisceglie) March 4, 2013
Since many of these would be considered second-time offenses, they would carry 100-game suspensions.