About 20 Major League Baseball players could be facing suspensions for as many as 100 games as a result of a massive MLB investigation into performance-enhancing drug use, which has plagued the league for decades. New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun are among those named on a list of players with ties to a Miami-based clinic responsible for a rash of doping violations, and its founder has agreed to cooperate with the MLB investigation, ESPN reports.
With testimony from Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis of America, league officials reportedly believe they will have the information necessary to bring suspensions against the players. The MLB commissioner’s office may pursue 100-game suspensions for each of the accused players, the penalty for a second doping offense, a source close to the investigation told ESPN. According to the source, the league considers the player's contact with Bosch as his first offense, and any previous statement in which the player denied using PEDs or having a connection to Biogenesis as a second offense. Bosch and his attorneys have yet to publicly comment on the new report.
The Biogenesis founder is expected to meet with baseball officials within the week and begin “naming names.” Suspensions could be handed out within the next two weeks, ESPN reports. According to ESPN, investigators have had a list containing the names of about 20 players for more than a month but didn't want to move forward until they had a sworn statement from Bosch for verification. On Tuesday, MLB officials refused to comment on the ongoing investigation.
Major League Baseball will seek to suspend the following players for their alleged PED use and connections to Biogenesis of America. One of the players, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, may be exonerated, as he received only legal substances, ESPN reports.
List of Players Suspected of PED Use, Ties to Biogenesis Clinic
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