Biogenesis Hits the Fan

by Bill M on August 7, 2013 · 0 comments

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In one of the worst kept secrets in recent memory, Major League Baseball came down with their suspensions for all of the players linked to Biogenesis on Monday, not coincidentally with approximately 50 games left on the schedule.  Twelve players received 50 game suspensions, including all-stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, and Everth Cabera.  One received a 211 game suspension (the rest of this season and all of 2014)…I’ll talk about him later.

The fact that none of the guys receiving 50 games plans to appeal their suspensions speaks to the iron clad nature of the evidence MLB obtained in their investigation.  These are unpaid suspensions, and professional athletes generally don’t walk away from money…unless you’re Ochocinco talking trash after a TD…and he probably wishes he still had some of that bank…

For me, personally, I had to make a deal I wasn’t crazy about to replace Everth Cabrera on my top fantasy team.  Unfortunate…

OUR GUY BUD

Bud Selig’s zealous witch hunt for all those damn cheaters continues.  I get that Bud feels personally responsible for MLB turning a blind eye to the hulking players of the Steroid Era, but he’s done enough.  He forced the MLB Players Association to accept the most far reaching drug testing program in major North American sports along with the harshest penalties.  He also commissioned the Mitchell Report, which really just dragged the sport through even more bad press rather than solving any problems.

Given all baseball has done already, I don’t see how it is the best interest of the sport to drag it through another scandal so publically.  Definitely, take care of the problem but Bud is grandstanding, purposely putting the game on the front burner of the news cycle.  If the intention is to eventually desensitize the fans and media to PED like the NFL and their fans have, I guess it makes sense, but I don’t think Bud’s that wily.  He’s a little kid screaming “Look at me! Look at me!  Look at what I’m doing to catch these mean cheaters!”  That’s not helping.

A-ROD

A-Rod reportedly attempted to buy the Biogenesis records and destroy them before MLB could get to them, so he drew extra ire from MLB in the form of a 211 game suspension.  Because the suspension could cost him anywhere from $45M to the rest of his contract (~$100M), he’s appealing the decision.  Always a polarizing figure, some are saying that the 211 games is draconian…I am not one of these people.

He’s admitted to PED use from his peak years in Texas already, and now not only did he actually obtain PED from Biogenesis, he tried to obstruct the investigation.  There were rumors that he was going to get a lifetime ban, and while I doubted that would ever happen, I would have been fine with it.  He’s an asshole who has conducted his career as though the rules don’t apply to him.  Fuck him.

And I’m not one of those banging my fist on the table, raging about the integrity of the game when it comes to PED.  I just think A-Rod is a dick and I hope he gets some comeuppance.

CLEAN PLAYERS

I might have been a little harsh on Bud, because I get the feeling that the clean players are pushing the union to do more to punish the cheaters as well.  The rumors are swirling that MLB and the MLBPA are already in talks to increase the penalties, which as I said, are already the strongest in the major North American sports.  I’m working from memory here, so I’ll be general, but I read a quote from a player before the actual suspensions were handed out saying that he thought a first time offense should be life.

The MLBPA has to do the bidding of its members, and if they clamor for more testing and harsher penalties, it’s going to happen.  Bud will be waiting in his New York offices, doing his best Mr. Burns impression…”excellent.”

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