The speculation had been building for several weeks, but Monday finally brought what many baseball fans were already expecting: 12 Major and Minor League Baseball players were suspended for 50 games each for violating MLB’s performance enhancing drugs policy, and New York Yankees’ 3B Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, up until the end of the 2014 season and postseason.
According to ESPN:
“Major League Baseball came down heavy Monday on the players it found to have been involved with the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, suspending Alex Rodriguez through the end of the 2014 season and banning 12 others for 50 games, including three All-Stars: Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers.
"Obviously I'm disappointed with the news today," Rodriguez said at a news conference before Monday's game. "What we've always fought for is the process and I think we have that and I think at some point we'll sit in front of an arbiter and we'll give our case. That's as much as I feel comfortable saying right now."
He called the last seven months a "nightmare."
“MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that Rodriguez's punishment will begin Thursday and cover the rest of the 2013 regular season, the 2013 postseason and the 2014 regular season and was covered under the drug program's protocols and based on Rodriguez's "use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years."
"Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation," Selig said in the statement.”
Milwaukee Brewers’ OF Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the 2013 season last month in connection with the same investigation.
On the brighter side of the news, two players initially connected to Biogenesis were not found guilty of any infractions by MLB: Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia, according to USA Today.