Major League Baseball has handed down their suspensions from the Biogenesis investigation. Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo is one of a number of players who will be accepting a 50 game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use related to Tony Bosch's Biogenesis clinic.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has been suspended 50 games and he will not appeal. Texas has 50 games remaining in the regular season and Cruz is set to become a free agent at the end of the year.
The biggest suspension was handed down this afternoon to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez has been suspended for the rest of this season and all of next year as well totaling 214 games. The 38 year old reportedly tried to interfere with MLB's investigation into Biogenesis to avoid being found guilty of using PEDs.
In addition to Bastardo, Cruz, and Rodriguez, MLB also suspended Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta, Yankees C Francisco Cervelli, Mariners C Jesus Montero, Padres SS Evereth Cabrera, Mets OF Jordany Valdespin, Astros RP Sergio Escalona, Mets OF Cesar Puello, Yankees OF Fernando Martinez, free agent P Fautino De Los Santos, and free agent P Jordan Norberto.
I know I'm not alone when I say that I am happy that these guys got suspended except Bastardo. Although I did have a bad feeling that the Phillies were going to be hit by the new extended list. It was refreshing to hear more and more players passionately plea for the hammer to be dropped on these players. Former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent wanted a harsher penalty for Rodriguez as he told USA Today that he wanted the Yankees slugger banned for life.
Some teams, like the Tigers, were able to prepare for the suspension of their players. Others, like the Rangers, were unsuccessful. It will be interesting to see what happens with the rosters come playoff time.
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