Major League Baseball’s waffling regarding the Biogenesis scandal that has wrought the sport with unnecessary controversy over the past few weeks is over.
Today is being called PED-Day, Biogenesis Day, and other similarly-worded phrases indicative of the immense media swirl surrounding which players will be suspended, which (if any) will appeal, and so on.
With MLB’s official announcement forthcoming, reports are circulating that the following players will accept 50-game suspensions in lieu of any appealing:
- Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers: One of the most crucial players on the list was Cruz, who leads the Rangers in home runs and RBIs. He switched agencies just in time for the Biogenesis suspension news, and will opt to serve the 50 games now rather than next season (when he’s a free agent). This could severely hamper the Rangers’ chances at a playoff spot. At present, they’re within a game of a Wild Card spot and trail the Oakland A’s by 2.5 in the A.L. West - but Cruz’s absence creates a major hole in the team’s lineup.
- Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers: The Tigers had suspicions that 2013 All-Star shortstop Peralta would be suspended, hence their trade deadline pick-up of Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox. Peralta, also a free agent after 2013, has a .305/.361/.461 line thus far this season.
Besides Cruz and Peralta (the two players from potential playoff teams), the rest of the suspended players include:
- Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
- Francisco Cervelli, New York Yankees
- Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners
- Antonio Bastardo, Philadelphia Phillies
- Jordany Valdespin, New York Mets
- Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros
- Jordan Norberto, Fernando Martinez, Fautino De Los Santos & Cesar Puello (minor leaguers)
Previously suspended players Bartolo Colon (A’s), Melky Cabrera (Toronto Blue Jays) and Yasmani Grandal (Padres) will not be suspended a second time.
Alex Rodriguez, meanwhile, plans to appeal the suspension (for some reason). That will supposedly allow him to play with the Yankees while the appeal process drags on and on and on, so expect this to be in the news interminably.
Stay tuned for any further updates…
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