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    MLB may suspend 20 players including A-Rod and Braun/Cano also to be investigated

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    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


    Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks, "Outside the Lines" has learned. If the suspensions are upheld, the performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.

    Tony Bosch, founder of the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America, reached an agreement this week to cooperate with MLB's investigation, two sources told "Outside the Lines," giving MLB the ammunition officials believe they need to suspend the players.

    One source familiar with the case said the commissioner's office might seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and other players, the penalty for a second doping offense. The argument, the source said, is the players' connection to Bosch constitutes one offense, and previous statements to MLB officials denying any such connection or the use of PEDs constitute another.

    Bosch and his attorneys did not return several calls. MLB officials refused to comment when reached Tuesday.

    Bosch is expected to begin meeting with officials -- and naming names -- within a week. The announcement of suspensions could follow within two weeks.

    Investigators have had records naming about 20 players for more than a month. But without a sworn statement from Bosch that the records are accurate and reflect illicit interactions between the players and the self-described biochemist, the documents are little more than a road map.

    Sources did not say what other materials, such as receipts and phone records, Bosch might provide, but said he has pledged to provide anything in his possession that could help MLB build cases against the players. Sources said MLB officials were not sure how many players might end up being pulled into the scandal; the 20 or so they know of have been identified through paperwork, but Bosch is expected to provide more. (Because some players are listed by their names and some by code names, officials are not yet certain whether some are redundant.)

    The development is a major break for MLB, which has pursued the case vigorously since Bosch's name was brought to MLB's attention last summer. In exchange for Bosch's full cooperation, sources said, Major League Baseball will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March; indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation; provide personal security for him and even put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that might bring charges against him. Sources said negotiations over the agreement, which lasted several weeks, stalled over the last point, as Bosch wanted the strongest assurances he could get that MLB would help mitigate any prosecution.

    At the same time, MLB is trying to secure the cooperation of at least two other former Bosch associates who have spoken to MLB investigators, as well as Juan Carlos Nunez, a registered agent who worked for longtime agents Seth and Sam Levinson and who is believed to have been a conduit between Bosch and numerous players.

    MLB already has established precedent to suspend a player for two offenses in one shot: Minor league player Cesar Carrillo was hit with a 100-game suspension in March when he was confronted with Biogenesis documents containing his name and then denied having any connection to Bosch or the clinic.

    Because Carrillo was on a minor league contract, however, and thus not a member of the MLB Players Association, he was not entitled to an appeal through arbitration. Major league players accused by MLB are expected to fight any suspension, and efforts to charge the players with multiple offenses would bring that fight to another level. In the appeals process, players are allowed to confront witnesses and evidence in a courtroom-like procedure before an arbitration panel.

    Corroborating evidence against some players could prove difficult to come by, however. Several sources told ESPN that Bosch dealt only in cash and usually used friends as couriers, sometimes never seeing some of the athletes he served.

    In a recent interview with ESPN, his only one since the scandal broke, Bosch said he knew nothing about performance-enhancing drugs and that media accounts of his PED distribution amounted to "character assassination."

    "I have been accused, tried and convicted in the media. And so I think [I] have been falsely accused throughout the media," he told ESPN's Pedro Gomez. "I've done nothing wrong."

    But sources said Bosch has been feeling pressure from both the MLB lawsuit, which claims tortious interference, and a potential criminal investigation, and that he sees full cooperation with MLB as one of his only refuges. Several attorneys have said they don't think the lawsuit could survive a legal challenge, but Bosch likely would have to put up a costly fight in order to have the case dismissed. Several sources have told ESPN that Bosch is nearly broke, living alternately with family members and friends, and has tried unsuccessfully so far to revive his "wellness" business.

    The Florida State Department of Health recently said it had sent Bosch a cease-and-desist letter and referred the case to law enforcement. MLB has tried to enlist the DEA, but no sources close to the clinic said they have been interviewed by any law enforcement agents and don't know of anyone who has been.

    MLB officials, though, traveled to Miami last month to take the deposition of anti-aging specialist, Dr. Daniel Carpman, a former acquaintance of Bosch's. Biogenesis documents from 2011 included prescription forms purportedly signed by Carpman, who previously told "Outside the Lines'' that he didn't sign the forms.

    Bosch first came to MLB's attention in 2009 after Manny Ramirez, then with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tested positive for testosterone. While Ramirez appealed that finding, MLB officials discovered a prescription in Ramirez's medical file for human chorionic gonadotropin, another banned substance. The HCG prescription, sufficient evidence to suspend Ramirez, was written by Dr. Pedro Bosch, Tony's father, but sources said at the time that Tony Bosch actually had been facilitating Ramirez's drug use. MLB tried to get the DEA involved, but the agency took a pass. Ramirez was suspended for 50 games and was suspended a second time for 100 games in 2011 after he failed another test.

    Tony Bosch resurfaced last summer after several players, all with connections to the Miami area, tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone: Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal, who all received 50-game suspensions. When an ESPN reporter asked MLB officials about information that all three might have been connected to Tony Bosch, MLB launched an investigation, sending several members of its Department of Investigations to South Florida, where they have repeatedly visited former Biogenesis employees and Bosch associates, even paying at least one $5,000 for information.

    Braun's name appears on at least two documents, one that lists him as owing $20,000 to $30,000 and another that says he owed $1,500 for what sources said were PEDs. Braun issued a statement saying the larger figure was to pay Bosch for consulting on his successful appeal and denied ever receiving or using PEDs. During his interview with ESPN, Bosch said he only consulted with Braun, but sources said he is expected to tell MLB he did provide the Milwaukee star with drugs.

    MLBPA officials have negotiated with their MLB counterparts to offer limited cooperation from the players but have been concerned the players could expose themselves to further liability.

    Bosch's claims that he never distributed PEDs are sharply at odds with accounts from numerous sources who say he helped provide banned substances to possibly dozens of athletes. They also contradict paperwork that several sources said was handwritten by Bosch. Shown a list of athletes who allegedly received PEDs through Biogenesis, Bosch told ESPN's Pedro Gomez, "No comment. I have never seen that in my life." The list was one of dozens of documents obtained by "Outside the Lines" and is similar to the documents in MLB's possession.

    Some paperwork, taken from company computers rather than Bosch's handwritten notes, list players by code names. Most, like Rodriguez, Colon, Cabrera and others, have been identified in media reports, but MLB will want Bosch to say who the code names represented.

    Also sure to be on MLB's list of questions is whether the Yankees' Robinson Cano, who could sign a lucrative free agent contract after this season, had any connection to Bosch or the clinic. The spokeswoman for Cano's foundation, Sonia Cruz, was listed in Biogenesis documents, as ESPN reported, and MLB officials have investigated whether she might have been a conduit for Cano.

    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, Fautino de los Santos, Jordan Norberto and a number of players who either are identified by code names or whose names appear in other documents not obtained by "Outside the Lines."

    One player listed who will be scrutinized but possibly exonerated is the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, who was listed among Biogenesis clients, but two sources told ESPN the only substances he received from the clinic were legal.
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    MLB may suspend 20 players including A-Rod and Braun

    So their lead witness is Bosch who is working with them to avoid being sued? Would take about a second to impeach him in a courtroom.

    I hope ARod is getting injections as I type this. We need him.

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    Should be about 100 games for Gayrod given his admitted multiple offender status

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    Nelson Cruz and Peralta are not surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    Should be about 100 games for Gayrod given his admitted multiple offender status
    Ryan Braun too.

    A-Rod has played his last game in pinstripes. Good riddance.

    Cervelli is disappointing. He's a scrappy guy, underdog-type player, and I enjoyed rooting for him since he broke into the show with the Yankees. **** these guys. I can barely even watch baseball anymore as it is.

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    100 games? Give him life. Please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonhomme Richard View Post
    Ryan Braun too.

    A-Rod has played his last game in pinstripes. Good riddance.

    Cervelli is disappointing. He's a scrappy guy, underdog-type player, and I enjoyed rooting for him since he broke into the show with the Yankees. **** these guys. I can barely even watch baseball anymore as it is.
    Braun should be stripped of his MVP as well.

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    I will never understand the vitriol towards ARod. The man took a drug. Whoopty fvckin doo. He didn't beat his wife, neglect his kids or kill someone drunk driving. We need to have a little perspective. ARod has shouldered the entire burden of those leaked tests while about 100 other players go about their business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    I will never understand the vitriol towards ARod. The man took a drug. Whoopty fvckin doo. He didn't beat his wife, neglect his kids or kill someone drunk driving. We need to have a little perspective. ARod has shouldered the entire burden of those leaked tests while about 100 other players go about their business.
    Shouldered the burden? BWAHAHAHAHA!

    Boo hoo. Maybe $275 million can ease his pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    I will never understand the vitriol towards ARod. The man took a drug. Whoopty fvckin doo. He didn't beat his wife, neglect his kids or kill someone drunk driving. We need to have a little perspective. ARod has shouldered the entire burden of those leaked tests while about 100 other players go about their business.
    He comes off as an absolute idiot, thats why. Its not the drugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2 View Post
    Shouldered the burden? BWAHAHAHAHA!

    Boo hoo. Maybe $275 million can ease his pain.
    This...

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    Do you think that they could work it out so that A-Rod could serve his suspension just in the post-season?

    Seriously, this is good news for the Yanks as they have a good reason not to play him and avoid the awkwardness of having to play him when he comes back and maybe they can even get some of their money back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2 View Post
    Shouldered the burden? BWAHAHAHAHA!

    Boo hoo. Maybe $275 million can ease his pain.
    Stupid me. I forgot. In 2013 rich people are evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    I will never understand the vitriol towards ARod. The man took a drug. Whoopty fvckin doo. He didn't beat his wife, neglect his kids or kill someone drunk driving. We need to have a little perspective. ARod has shouldered the entire burden of those leaked tests while about 100 other players go about their business.
    The other players arent taking pictures of themselves flexing and kissing themselves in a mirror...

    Arods personailty would only be accepted if he was absolutely tearing the cover off the ball, once that stopped, hes just another douche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    I will never understand the vitriol towards ARod. The man took a drug. Whoopty fvckin doo. He didn't beat his wife, neglect his kids or kill someone drunk driving. We need to have a little perspective. ARod has shouldered the entire burden of those leaked tests while about 100 other players go about their business.
    A perfect example why stupid people shouldn't post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIJetFan View Post
    Do you think that they could work it out so that A-Rod could serve his suspension just in the post-season?

    Seriously, this is good news for the Yanks as they have a good reason not to play him and avoid the awkwardness of having to play him when he comes back and maybe they can even get some of their money back.
    Just praying there is something in his contract that we can negate the rest of it.

    Otherwise the guy is going to be getting paid and will not see field for another 2 seasons....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    Stupid me. I forgot. In 2013 rich people are evil.
    No, not the ones who earn it honestly without cheating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets88NY View Post
    The other players arent taking pictures of themselves flexing and kissing themselves in a mirror...

    Arods personailty would only be accepted if he was absolutely tearing the cover off the ball, once that stopped, hes just another douche.
    I am the first to admit that ARod has done himself no favors. If you have ever seen other threads discussing this topic you would know that. Maybe I am more forgiving towards those things as other people. But the price he has paid in the court of public opinion does not fit the crime IMO. Not even close. The only victim here is a stat book.

    Personally, I don't care about the PEDs. I have lost interest in it. It has now become a witch hunt. ESPN and Mitchell are complete chowds. Nearly every report and finding is dominated by Yankees players. Give me a fvkcin break.

    Quote Originally Posted by section314 View Post
    A perfect example why stupid people shouldn't post.
    Ahh. When all else fails just make a personal attack. Best way to win an argument on JI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    ESPN and Mitchell are complete chowds. Nearly every report and finding is dominated by Yankees players. Give me a fvkcin break.

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