Major League Baseball continues its ongoing investigation into Tony Bosch and the now defunct Biogenesis clinic in Florida. However the league is not obtaining any new information through interviews with suspected PED users Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, both men have refused to talk when questioned.
The league has been investigating Biogenesis and Bosch for some time now after allegations that Bosch used the clinic to sell performance enhancing drugs to a large number of MLB players began swirling. A lawsuit was filed by the league in hopes to obtain documents that linked the clinic to suspected PED users. This may or may not lead to criminal prosecution, however Bosch has been cooperative in hopes that a criminal case is not brought against him.
20 players have been linked to the investigation thus far, five of which have not been named due to their use of pseudonyms during transactions. The 15 players named are listed below.
- Ryan Braun-Brewers
- Everth Cabrera- Padres
- Melky Cabrera- Blue Jays
- Francisco Cervelli- Yankees
- Bartolo Colon- Athletics
- Nelson Cruz- Rangers
- Fautino de los Santos -free agent
- Gio Gonzalez- Nationals
- Yasmani Grandal- Padres
- Fernando Martinez- Astros
- Jesus Montero- Mariners
- Jordan Norberto- Free agent
- Jhonny Peralta- Tigers
- Cesar Puello- Mets (minor league)
- Alex Rodriguez- Yankees
An ongoing investigation, it does not appear to have the air-tight secrecy that a professional investigation of this nature usually warrants. Information has continually been leaked to the press by anonymous sources. Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner pointed out the problems with the continual leak of information in a statement:
“The leaking of confidential information to members of the media interferes with the thoroughness and credibility of the Biogenesis investigation,” Weiner said. “These repeated leaks threaten to harm the integrity of the Joint Drug Agreement and call into question the required level of confidentiality needed to operate a successful prevention program. The Players want a clean game and they demand a testing program that is not only the toughest in professional sports, but one that guarantees each player due process rights accompanied by strict confidentiality provisions.
The two highest profile suspects in the investigation are Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, and the latest reports suggest that both men are going to be suspended by the league for an estimated 100 games following the All-Star break.
Ryan Braun has repeatedly denied using performance enhancing drugs during his career, and this time simply won’t talk to investigators. He isn’t going to give them any new information, however he has previously stated that his debt to Bosch is due to the role he played in Braun’s efforts to beat a suspension following steroid rumors last season.
Alex Rodriguez joined Ryan Braun in choosing not to talk to investigators during his interview with officials on Friday. Reasoning for not talking is not clear, reports credit this to the league already having enough information to suspend the two stars, but that remains to be seen.
Perhaps the two stars chose not to speak because of how poorly it has worked out for past suspected users. Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire among others looked silly when testifying their case. Their images weren’t exactly sparkling to begin with, but after talking, their images took a major hit. Perhaps Braun and A-Rod didn’t talk in hopes of avoiding this downturn in public image.
It is not out of question that the players are behind the continual leak of information, and that Braun and A-Rod not talking is just their latest move on the chess board that the Biogenesis investigation has become.
Releasing information without talking could be the player’s attempt to make the league look like a dictatorship abusing its power. Without any concrete information coming in from the players, they could be attempting to show that the league is hell-bent on punishing them no matter what proof they actually have. A-Rod and Braun have to be growing tired of being investigated, and it would make sense that they have ill feelings towards investigators and would like to make them look bad for a change.
Where the information is coming from is still unclear, all we can do for now is speculate. We do know that Braun and A-Rod have refused to talk with investigators and are rumored to be facing 100 game suspensions after the All-Star break. Biogenesis is a soap-opera that doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon, what the next step in the unfolding drama is will certainly reveal itself soon. This story is far from over.
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