Major League Baseball is reportedly on the brink of suspending some of its biggest stars on allegations of doping. According to ESPN, the MLB is looking to suspend about 20 players who it believes took performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) they received from Biogenesis, a now-closed Miami clinic that was cited by the Miami New Times as a hub for athletes looking to gain an advantage on the field. The players ESPN said the MLB is eyeing include Alex Rodriguez, the highest paid player in baseball, and Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP.
Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis, has previously denied that his clinic helped supply PEDs to some of baseball's biggest stars. But ESPN is now reporting that Bosh has since changed his stance and is supplying the MLB's investigators with evidence that they'll use to place suspensions on the New York Yankee's Rodriguez, the Milwaukee Brewers' Braun and the rest. Biogenesis publicly billed itself as an anti-aging clinic, but it was reportedly able
The latest scandal, but surely not the last to mask the drugs it was selling to athletes so they could use them without getting caught in drug testing. Baseball's players union will have the chance to appeal the expected suspensions. However, if they are upheld the players could miss as many as 100 games each — which would make the action the most sweeping in MLB history.
Still, Rodriguez, Braun, and the others are merely the latest superstars facing allegations of hacking their bodies in the never-ending pursuit of a win. A handful of baseball legends have sat in front of congressional panels over the years, many of them denying doping. And, of course, there's Lance Armstrong, the cancer survivor who won the Tour de France seven-straight times while on steroids. The reported suspension would be the latest sports drug scandal, but it surely won't be the last.