UPDATE 4 (3:19pm): This is the official press release MLB issued explaining A-Roid’s suspension:
New York Third Baseman Suspended 211 Regular Season Games Through 2014 Season
Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.
Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.
Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez’s suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline.
UPDATE 3 (3:04pm): Well, it’s official. In five simple tweets, MLB released the names of the 12 players who’ve accepted 50-game suspensions, and let it be known that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for 211 games, the remainder of the 2013 season (effective Thursday), and all of 2014. He will be eligible to play while his suspension is being appealed.
UPDATE 2 (2:35pm): More from Fox Sports. Twelve players have reportedly accepted 50-game suspensions for violating MLB’s drug policy and have waived their right to appeal. Those players are (new names [those not bullet pointed below] are in bold): Nelson Crus, Jhonny Peralta, Antonio Bastardo, Jordany Valdespin, Everth Cabrera, Jordan Norberto, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Cesar Puello, Sergio Escalona, Fautino De Los Santos, and Fernando Martinez.
Again, Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, and Yasmani Grandal were also implicated in the Biogenesis case, but already served suspensions for positive drug tests and will not be punished further, and Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last week for his connection to the case.
Official word is still out on A-Rod, but ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn is saying that, despite the efforts of the MLBPA to strike a deal on A-Rod’s behalf, a 214 game suspension will be handed down at the top of the hour.
UPDATE (11:50am): Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal just dropped a tweet that certainly shed some light on a few of those “mystery names” that we hadn’t hear about until just a few moments ago. Some more great news for Phillies fans here:
This might legitimately be good news though, ’cause Bastardo’s (rather large) sorry ass has been quite pathetic these last two seasons–and we now know why.
It’s reckoning day for the MLB players implicated in the Biogenesis case. Of course, we all know by now that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to be hit hard with a lengthy suspension that could last anywhere from until the end of next season or to the end of his life–the league has said that he’ll be able to play while he appeals said suspension. But while A-Rod has dominated the conversation surrounding the Miami-area “wellness clinic” run by Anthony Bosch, there’s a whole host of names that are set to receive some form of punishment from the league.
Per Yahoo! Sports, there are at least 12 players who are in the MLB’s crosshairs:
- Nelson Cruz, outfielder for the Texas Rangers
- Jhonny Peralta, short stop for the Detroit Tigers
- Everth Cabrera, infielder for the San Diego Padres
- Francisco Cervelli, catcher for the New York Yankees
- Bartolo Colon, pitcher for the Oakland Athletics (has already been suspended for a failed drug test. Served that suspension at the end of last year/beginning of this year and is not expected to be punished further)
- Melky Cabrera, outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays (same deal as Colon, but reportedly tore the meniscus in his left knee over the weekend. Karma’s a goddamn bitch.)
- Yasmani Grandal, catcher for the San Diego Padres (same deal as Colon and Cabrera, and karma also caught up with him as well–he underwent surgery after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee and is expected to miss the start of the 2014 season. Karma has a thing for knees aparently…)
- Jesus Montero, catcher for the Seattle Mariners
- Cesar Puello, outfielder in the New York Mets organization
- Fernando Martinez, outfielder in the New York Yankees organization
- Jordan Norberto, currently (and for the foreseeable future) a free agent pitcher
- Fautino De Los Santos, currently (and for the foreseeable future) a free agent pitcher
Also, not to be forgotten is Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun who agreed to a 65-game suspension last week, which ended his season.
Reports are also indicating that it’s also entirely possible for a few “mystery names,” which have yet to be mentioned publicly in connection with the Biogenesis clinic, to be included in the suspensions doled out on Monday. In any case, nearly all of the players are expected to accept 50-game bans, with a few opting to go the A-Rod route and appeal.
The full list of names and suspensions will reportedly be released around 3pm today. Clock’s ticking.