No Player Will Be Suspended In The Biogenesis Case

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Does Major League Baseball really believe that the MLB Players Association is going to allow suspensions of 100 games to coincide with the dragging of names into the muck based on the head of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic Anthony Bosch agreeing to cooperate with their investigation? Without failed drug tests, how is it going to be possible to suspend anyone? Bosch can provide records, testimony, canceled checks, credit card statements and whatever else and it’s not going to result in the players serving one day of a suspension, let alone 100. So what’s the point?

Bosch could have video evidence of Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera and anyone else implicated sitting in an examining room and getting shot up with a substance; he could have them leaping across buildings like something out of The Matrix, deadlifting 2,000 pounds, wrestling with bears and crocodiles, and putting on bodybuilding shows that would dwarf the Mr. Olympia competition and MLB could still do absolutely nothing because there’s still not concrete proof of any wrongdoing to warrant a suspension. Circumstantial evidence is not going to beget a suspension, nor will it prevent the MLBPA from challenging any attempted suspension to the Supreme Court if they have to. All this will do is cost a lot of money and embarrass the sport even further for something that most will only pay brief attention to as a headline-grabber, then move on with their lives wishing the underperforming stars for their teams would shoot something into their body to help them hit or pitch better and help their teams win.

The only court in which this is going to hold any sway is in the court of public opinion and the court of public opinion doesn’t think much of athletes right now when it comes to believing their denials about PED use, nor should it. The media questions will be little more than an annoyance replied to with mundane denials. These factors aren’t going to be seen as punishment by anyone, so there won’t be any punishment because the only proof there is of wrongdoing is the testimony of one not-so-credible person.

A similar tactic was used when the names from the tests a decade ago were leaked out when they were supposed to have been kept private and destroyed and it was done so to embarrass the players into stopping PED use. But that won’t work either because no matter what happens with A-Rod, Braun and anyone else, they’re still going to get paid via the terms of their contracts. They got the contracts based on their performance due to apparent PED use; the teams had to know that there was a very real possibility that A-Rod, Braun and anyone else to whom they lavish these huge contracts were using PEDs; that the production they provided was bolstered by the PEDs and so were the team’s performance and the attendance accrued because of a combination of those factors. Nobody cared until it became politically correct to care. Cabrera got a two-year, $16 million deal from the Blue Jays after his PED suspension. What’s the motivation not to do it?

Now the rights of the players are being trampled on in an end-around sort of way as MLB knows no suspension is going to stick, but the players will be “shamed.” Except do you think A-Rod has any shame considering his on and off-field behaviors? Do you think Braun, who got away with a failed PED test on a technicality and then evidently turned around and did it again, really cares all that much about what people scream at him from the stands and the questions reporters repeatedly ask him to receive the same standard proclamation of innocence? Did the suspension and humiliation that Cabrera endured and brought on himself with his fake website scam send a message to Cabrera and the other players? It certainly did…when he received a guaranteed $16 million last winter.

They don’t have any shame and they don’t care because there’s no reason for them to have shame or care.

This is another clumsy show by MLB to put forth the pretense that they’re “doing something” about PEDs and they “care” about the integrity of the game. Except, like the players, they’re not doing anything and they really don’t care all that much to combat it.

This investigation and agreement on the part of Bosch to cooperate with MLB is meaningless and will go absolutely nowhere. There won’t be any suspensions and MLB will get what they want in playing the martyrs to the big, bad MLBPA doing nothing more than what they’re supposed to do in protecting the rights of the players.

It’s a farce and a waste of money, time and energy. It won’t do anything to stop the players from looking for ways to stickhandle their way around PED rules because as long as the suspensions are contingent on concrete proof and the players are receiving lucrative contracts, endorsements, and other benefits from the results they accumulate due to PEDs, they’ll keep doing it. It’s the same wink and nod that went on during the so-called “steroid era” only in a different context. It’s the same result too.

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6 thoughts on “No Player Will Be Suspended In The Biogenesis Case

  1. I dunno if i’m so positive that there won’t be suspensions out of this. The way I read the JDA (http://mlb.mlb.com/pa/pdf/jda.pdf) there’s one particular line that should give the players pause. See page 24, point 7.F. If they can prove that a player “participated in the sale or distribution” of a prohibited substance, they don’t need a positive test.

    This is also pointed out in McCann’s si article here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130605/mlb-biogenesis-legal-analysis/

    I think that MLB clearly has it out for Braun in particular, who beat them in the arbitration over his mis-handled sample. And clearly they have it out for A-Rod, who already has admitted to usage but now seems to be lying about keeping his nose clean. I think MLB will absolutely do whatever it can to suspend these guys.

    1. That was pointed out on Twitter as well. It’s valid to a degree. Jordan Schafer’s suspension for HGH without a positive test was referenced as well, but he was in the minors and wasn’t part of the MLBPA, so he had little recourse but to accept the suspension. I tend to think this is being done more to prove a point that MLB is doing something about PED use more than going after one particular player. It just so happens that it’s the same players who are repeatedly scoffing at MLB’s PED rules and lying in the faces of everyone. The problem MLB has in questioning Braun and A-Rod (if they’re stupid enough to talk to them and submit to the cross-examination) is that there’s no punishment if they lie. They can’t perjure themselves since it’s not a court of law or in front of Congress, so what’s the motivation to tell the truth or to talk to them to begin with?

  2. It is a sad state of affairs when we question motivation to tell the truth. No one is perfect but if the default is to lie then it speaks volumes of the character of people. Making millions should not justify the means.
    What I think is that there is no suitable deterrent to PEDS. Use Melky as an example. The only way he gets a big FA payday is to use PEDS. Best case he gets a huge contract. Worst case, he gets caught and gets a huge contract. Well he got caught and still got 16 million. I think he will survive the shame of being caught as will anyone who gets caught up in this scandal because owners will still pay them millions so I guess admin is right, what is the motivation.

    1. The biggest issue I have is that MLB has suddenly taken the tone of seeking “justice” when they were as, if not more, responsible for the entire PED culture getting to this point to begin with because they tacitly agreed to let it go to get the fans back after the 1994 strike. It was going on in the 1980s and most people were dumb about it, but by the mid-1990s, everyone knew. And they let it go as long as dingers brought the fans and the money in.

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