MLB to Lower Boom on Ryan Braun, A-Rod, and Other Alleged PED Users After All-Star Break
Do you remember when we told you how Major League Baseball made a deal with PED doc Anthony Bosch? How he was going to hand over a bunch of phone records, emails, documents and text messages that would serve as evidence against a bunch of players, and MLB was going to then try to suspend those players?
Well, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, these suspensions are going to be handed out after next week’s All-Star break. MLB has met with Bosch, and has subsequently been meeting with the players he has named—though all of them have refused to answer any questions. Now Bud Selig and friends are ready to pounce.
As previously reported, Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez will be among those on baseball’s newest naughty list. Moreover, as was also previously reported, MLB will seek to give them both 100-game bans, because they are going to try to say that their involvement with the Biogenesis Clinic and their lying about it constitute two PED offenses.
Now, none of this means that Braun and A-Rod (and the host of other players) actually will end up serving suspensions. There’s a lot of legal limbo involved here, as it is unclear exactly what the league’s agreement with the Players’ Union on PED suspensions actually allows. The suspensions will certainly be appealed, and they will certainly go before an arbitrator.
So how is all of this going to end? Well, I’m no legal expert or anything, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. And if I had to take a guess, I’d say there’s a 50-50 chance that these guys actually wind up getting suspended. But only time will tell.
In any case, this is a big development. It shows that Major League Baseball has not wavered in its pursuit of baseball’s cheaters, and it is going to generate a lot of discussion. And to get you primed for this discussion, we’ll leave you with Ryan Braun’s defiant press conference after he beat the PED rap the first time around:
Hat Tip – [ESPN]