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Will a New Mammoth Steroids Scandal Crush the National Pastime?

Will a New Mammoth Steroids Scandal Crush the National Pastime?

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” is reporting that Major League Baseball will move to suspend about 20 players linked to the Miami-area clinic at the center of the sport’s continuing performance-enhancing drug scandal possibly in the next few weeks.

The list includes star sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, according to ESPN.…

“If the suspensions are upheld, the performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history,” the sports network says.

Major League Baseball has been reeling for the past decade as such superstars as all-time home run king Barry Bonds, Cy Young winner Roger Clemens and many other well known players have been mentioned widely in the scandal. The sport has been rocked by suspicions of widespread PED use by players, who try to get bigger and stronger while recovering more quickly from injuries and bouts of fatigue during the 162-game season.

Tony Bosch denied any knowledge of suspected PED distribution at Biogenesis, his closed South Florida clinic, in an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, the sports network noted on its website.
“I have been accused, tried and convicted in the media. And so I think [I] have been falsely accused throughout the media,” he told Gomez. “I’ve done nothing wrong.”

Bosch, founder of the now-closed Biogenesis of America, struck an agreement this week to cooperate with MLB’s investigation, two sources told “Outside the Lines,” “giving MLB the ammunition officials believe they need to suspend the players.”

One source familiar with the case told ESPN that the commissioner’s office might pursue 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,” ESPN pointed out.

The powerful Major League Players Union will likely oppose the suspensions, setting up a potentially long, bitter legal battle.

Both sides, however, may come to realize wisely that any prolonged dispute will keep the unpleasant story on the front pages and on television for weeks or possibly months — something that none of the parties will benefit from.. 

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