Major League Baseball Faces Biggest Scandal Since Black Sox?

A-Rod PED use

Major League Baseball is about to suspend 20 players for using performance enhancing substances. Baseball is facing its biggest scandal since the ‘Black Sox Scandal’ of 1919.

Two of the biggest names on the list are Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, and the highest paid player in baseball, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, of the New York Yankees according to ESPN.  Both players have denied using performance enhancing drugs, PED’s.

Unnamed sources say that the league will double the suspensions.  They cite the use of PED’s, and added lying about their use to league officials.

Braun was tested in 2012.  Excessive amounts of testosterone were found in his body.  He was facing a 50 game suspension.  Braun challenged the testing procedures, and the suspension was never enforced.

Allegations of Rodriguez’ use of PED’s surfaced in January.  A Florida newspaper reported that ‘A-Rod’ had been a client of “Biogenesis,” run by Anthony Bosch.  The business claimed to be an ‘anti-aging’ clinic, but in fact was supplying PED’s.

Bosch will cooperate with the league’s investigation.

It was also reported in January that Rodriguez had purchased records from the now closed clinic.

The management of the Yankees and Brewers are saying little about the upcoming league action.

“I know Major League Baseball is handling it, and that’s all I know,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told journalists at a post-game news conference in Milwaukee.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi attempted to avoid reporters.  ESPN finally received a comment.

“I always worry about my players, always,” he said. “One thing you never want to forget is — they’re human beings.”

He would not say if he discussed the matter with ‘A-Rod.’

“When I talk to Alex, it’s baseball-related. That’s what it is,” Girardi said.

He then expressed his overall concern about MLB.

“I worry about baseball being affected as a game, the whole thing, and what it’s been through in the last 15 years.”

New York outfielder Vernon Wells commented:

“We’ve done so much as a group to try to rid ourselves of conversations like this,” he said.

In spite of the efforts by the league to test and exclude PED’s from ‘America’s game,’ he talked about human nature.

“There’s always someone out there trying to beat the system from a medical standpoint.”

The suspension of as many as 20 players, including someone with the reputation of Alex Rodriguez, could make this the biggest scandal since the 1919 White Sox “fixed” the World Series.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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