Major League Baseball may be about to suspend some 20 players in connection with the Miami-area clinic at the center of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including the sport’s highest paid player, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.
If the suspensions do come, it would be the largest drug scandal in American sports history.
Reports indicate the players acquired the PEDs from a now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic called “Biogenesis,” run by Anthony Bosch.
Bosch has reportedly reached an agreement to cooperate with MLB’s investigation in exchange for MLB dropping the lawsuit it filed against him in March, and to do what it could to help mitigate any prosecution against him.
Bosch’s cooperation gives MLB the ammunition it needs to pursue the suspensions.
Other top players whose names have surfaced in connection with the scandal include Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers.
Both Rodriguez and Braun have recently denied using performance-enhancing drugs, though Rodriguez has admitted in the past to using banned substances when he played with the Texas Rangers in the early 2000s.
Rodriguez signed a league record 10-year, $275 million contract in 2007, but his performance has dropped off in recent years, even to the point of being benched during several crucial playoff games last year. He has yet to play this season due to injuries.
Braun was suspended in 2012 when a drug test showed high levels of testosterone in his body, but he successfully appealed by disputing the testing process, and the suspension was overturned.
The players union confirmed Wednesday that players are being interviewed by MLB officials and are represented by attorneys.
“The commissioner’s office has assured us that no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed,” the union said in a written statement. Image/CNN