Those Biogenesis Suspensions Could Come Down This Week – For Realsies This Time

muscle-bound-steroidsWe’ve been hearing for a month now that the suspensions emanating from MLB’s investigation into a Miami clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to 15 or more Major League players, including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez (the Biogenesis scandal), would be coming any week now. In all of those reports, it seemed as though the Trade Deadline – or a couple days in advance of it – would be something of a drop dead date for the announcement, given that teams are going to want to know what they’re facing in August and September, in terms of their roster.

But we’re just two days away from the Deadline, and no announcements have come down. Sure, Ryan Braun got his “big” suspension, but that was only because he decided, in advance of any announcement, to take a plea deal.

When is the hammer of justice* going to come down from on high? Well, if a report from the New York Post is to be believed, it’ll be coming this week. Indeed, the Post reports, it’s possible that we’ll learn of more plea deals like Braun’s, where certain players decide to immediately accept a suspension and sit out the rest of the year so that they can start 2014 with a “clean” slate.

Otherwise, we might see one big, mass announcement for the implicated players, which could number anywhere from 10 to 20 or more. Names connected to the clinic in reports include Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, and Jhonny Peralta, though no one has been formally outed, save for Braun. You can see the trade implications there immediately, as the A’s, Rangers, and Tigers fight for a playoff spot, and the Blue Jays decide whether to sell.

To my mind, announcements after the Trade Deadline would probably anger the affected teams, so I’ll tentatively expect we’ll see something today, tomorrow, or very early on Wednesday.

*You may choose to read that sincerely or sarcastically, depending on your predisposition on the PED issue.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

27 responses to “Those Biogenesis Suspensions Could Come Down This Week – For Realsies This Time”

  1. TheoHoyer

    Hahaha, Ronnie Coleman. Nice picture, Brett.

  2. Mike Taylor (no relation)

    You can bet your bottom dollar that the guys on teams who’re in the playoff hunt will appeal, delaying their suspensions until 2014.

  3. CubFan Paul

    “When is the hammer of justice* going to come down”

    Batman had “Fists of Justice” on “The Brave and The Bold”

  4. urbanted

    My guess is that the teams that have named players probably already know internally, and are probably in the loop where things currently stand, though maybe not exactly what the end result will be. Am I wrong?

  5. Jason Powers

    Love the roided out pic.

    I wonder how if Schierholtz/DeJesus is getting any play because of Cruz? Or is Texas all played out on deals with the Cubs?

    1. On The Farm

      Yeah how many guys can we get from Texas. Loux-Hendricks-Villanueva (3B)-Grimm-Olt-Edwards-PTBNL and a possible other guy for an OF. That would be nuts.

      1. AlwaysNextYear

        I was wondering if we do trade a OF to Texas can the PTBNL be used in the deal to acquire a better prospect then we would get just for either DeJesus or Schierholtz. Sure I knew this at one time but am drawing a blank right now.

      2. itzscott

        Stranger things have happened….

        I feel the Cubs really missed out in not including Odor or Sardinas.

        This may be their chance to get back in there using Schierholtz/DeJesus.

      3. Jason Powers

        Well, the 1984 Cubs were a vast collection of Phillies players. As Harry said, ‘Phillies West.”

        We’re Texas North. ;)

  6. aCubsFan

    I believe the ‘guilty’ will be announced today or tomorrow so that playoff teams can decide whether or not to make a trade.

  7. curt

    it’ll be announced when ever the almighty emperor graces all of us with an audience and and passes on his pearls of wisdom. just get on with it already and let the lawyers get started on appeals and let the Denials begin, really though I can’t believe the players union isn’t fighting this harder , mostly what they have for proof is circumstantial and the word of a guy trying to save his own ass. I’d agree their most likely guilty .if mlb really had drop dead proof their wouldn’t be plea deals .

  8. fortyonenorth

    Can someone clarify why players who have previously been suspended (e.g. Melky and Bartolo) are facing renewed scrutiny. Isn’t the time period in question concurrent with their prior offenses? Or, are these separate instances that have occurred since last year?

  9. 5412


    I see another side to this. If they wait until after the MLB deadline to announce the suspensions, they are penalizing the teams more heavily with tainted players that are still in the hunt. In turn that really causes the fan’s ire to be directed at the player which is where it should be.

    Doubt they thought about that, but let some tainted player get suspended and cost his team a playoff berth, it drives home the point very well.


    1. D.G.Lang

      I also think that MLB is eager to punish the teams for not having better control of their players or for not making enough of an effort to prevent the abuse.

      IF MLB is of the opinion that the teams knew or suspected that something wasn’t quite right but were willing to go along with the abuse if it helped their team either financially or competitively then I could see MLB wanting to take whatever actions would have the greatest effect in stopping the abuse.

  10. Darin

    Can I just say that I love that the guy in the picture is wearing a wrist watch? I don’t know why that cracks me up, but it does.

  11. cavemencubbie

    Just heard, on CNBC, A-Rod either accepts a guilty plea for a suspension for the balance of this year and next or a life-time suspension from MLB. I wouldn’t be surprised the Yankees hope A-Rod doesn’t accept the plea to get out of paying the balance of his contract, some 60 mil.

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