A massive bomb was dropped on Major League Baseball and it’s fans on Tuesday night when ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that as many as twenty players are set to be suspended in connection ti the Miami clinic run by Tony Bosch. Documents obtained by Major League Baseball revealed that players like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun headline a list of active players who may have been given steroids from the clinic.
Bosch is set to testify against the players so this could get messy.
T.J. Quinn and Mark Fish put together a list of names that may face suspension or some form of discipline for showing up and various documents obtained from the clinic.
The players who might ultimately face discipline from MLB include: Rodriguez, Braun, Cabrera, Colon, Grandal, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Jhonny Peralta, Cesar Puello, Fernando Martinez, Everth Cabrera, Fautini de los Santos, Jordan Norberto, and a number of players who are either identified by code names or whose names appear in other documents not obtained by “Outside the Lines.” All are currently on major-league rosters but for Puello, a top outfield prospect for the New York Mets who is playing in Class AA Binghamton.
The Cabrera mentioned is Melky Cabrera and not Detroit Tigers stud Miguel Cabrera. Melky was suspended for the final 50 games of the San Francisco Giants season after testing positive for PEDs and he may face further discipline for showing up on documents from the Miami clinic.
Baseball historian and aficionado Keith Olbermann pointed out that should baseball suspend the quantity of players the OTL report suggests, it will be the biggest round up and punishment since the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
ESPN report, if correct, would likely foretell the largest group punishment by MLB since the “Black Sox” Scandal broke open in Sept. 1920
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 5, 2013
There is no proof at this time that any of these players will be suspended but Quinn and Fish point out that showing up on the documents from the clinic is a bad look and won’t be good news for the future of these players this season. More names are expected to show up in reports over the next few weeks but for now it’s looking like the fallout from this situation will be massive.