Major League Baseball finally laid the hammer down in one of the largest PED cases the league has seen. After what seems to have been an exhaustive investigation into players’ involvement with Biogenesis, a clinic in Florida which reportedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to athletes across numerous leagues, the league suspended 13 players Monday.
As expected, New York Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez received the stiffest penalty with a 211 game suspension to extend through the 2014 season. A-Rod’s suspension is a result of not only the PED violation but his attempts to cover-up the crime and impede the investigation. He will appeal, and should be in the Yankees lineup for tonight’s game.
The other players, which include Texas Rangers All Star outfielder Nelson Cruz and San Diego Padres player Everth Cabrera, received 50 game bans which it appears they won’t fight.
This comes weeks after Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun worked out a deal with Major League Baseball for a 65 game suspension for his PED use. It was the second time PED usage claims had come up for him in the last couple of seasons.