According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines Major League Baseball is set to suspend 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, and *gulp* Melky Cabrera.
Since everyone knows that Mr. Cabrera has already served a 50-game suspension he’s in the clear….but it sure does seem like Major League Baseball is on a bit of a witch hunt no?
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) June 5, 2013
I really hope the esteemed Mr. Wilner is right on this one, but in the OTL piece, it sure does seem like the MLB is going to go hard after these guys.
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 Bosch constitutes one offense, and previous statements to MLB officials denying any such connection or the use of PEDs constitute another.
If this really is the case…it seems to me that Melky could find himself in a spot of hot water, but I have a feeling the MLBPA might have something to say about this.
Updates to come as they are available!