T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN are reporting that MLB commissioner Bud Selig is ready to dole out punishment to the players at the center of the infamous Biogenesis case. The two big fish to be suspended are of course, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun. But Quinn and Fish also reports that along with Rodriguez and Braun, as many as 20 other players will also be suspended after next week’s All Star break.
What’s unclear is how long the suspensions will be. According to the report, Selig has mulled over 100-game suspensions for both Rodriguez and Braun despite the fact that neither player has ever been suspended (or had a suspension hold up) for a prior violation of the MLB drug policy.
Sources said the commissioner’s office was considering 100-game bans for Braun and Rodriguez, the punishment for a second offense, even though neither player was previously suspended for violating MLB’s drug policy.
The argument, one source said, would be that they — and possibly other players — committed multiple offenses by receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch and by lying about it.
Quinn and Fish also reports that at least 10 players named in the case have all refused to answer questions during meetings with MLB officials. One of those 10 players was Ryan Braun.
Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun, who has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs, refused to answer questions during a recent meeting with Major League Baseball about his connection to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, sources told “Outside the Lines.”
The meeting took place June 29, a source said, and is one of several that MLB has conducted with players connected to the clinic.
Alex Rodriguez has yet to meet with MLB, but he’s expected to do so in the next week. And of course, he’s expected to refuse to answer questions as well.