Major League Baseball’s perpetual war against performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) got a bit more interesting on Tuesday, when it was announced that roughly 20 players may be suspended as a result of a recent investigation.
According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Anthony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis of America, has agreed to hand over the names of all the players who visited his Miami-based clinic. New York Yankees money pit Alex Rodriguez, former MVP Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera and numerous other players have been linked to the facility.
Per OTL, the commissioner’s office is currently contemplating handing all involved with this matter a 100-game suspension.
While that number jumps off the page, it’s actually simply the penalty for a second doping offense. The problem is, while Rodriguez has admitted to using PEDs in the past, the same doesn’t hold true for Braun (and others on this 20-man list). Thus, if the MLB wants their punishment to stick, officials will likely need more evidence than just the word of an accused drug peddler.
The full list of players associated with the clinic is as follows: Rodriguez, Braun, Cabrera, Colon, Grandal, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Jhonny Peralta, Cesar Puello, Fernando Martinez, Everth Cabrera, Fautino de los Santos, Jordan Norberto and more.