Major League Baseball has finally announced 50-game suspensions for 12 players involved with Biogenesis this afternoon.
The players who accepted their suspension without appealing are:
-Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz
-Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta
-Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli
-Padres All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera
-Mariners Catcher Jesus Montero
-Phillies Reliever Antonio Bastardo
-Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin
-Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez
-Mets outfielder Cesar Puello
-Astros pitcher Segio Escalona
Free Agent Pitchers:
-Fautino De Los Santos
Alex Rodriguez is being suspended for the rest of this season, and all of next season. But unlike all the other players, Rodriguez is appealing after being unable to strike a deal with Major League Baseball. A-Rod will be able to play until a decision on his appeal is made. Let the circus begin.
Major League Baseball released a statement regarding A-Rod today:
“Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.”
Of all the players suspended, the Rangers losing Nelson Cruz for the rest of the season will by far have the biggest impact. Cruz was leading the Rangers with 27 home runs, good for 4th in the American League.
For a team on the cusp of a playoff spot, losing Cruz’s bat in the lineup is devastating for Texas.
Jhonny Peralta is a loss for the Tigers, but Detroit was prepared for his suspension trading for Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox. The Padres also lose a valuable contributor in Everth Cabrera, but San Diego is essentially out of the playoff race anyway.
Overall, today is a dark day in baseball’s history. However, this is a step in the right direction for the future of the game.