The MLB world was delivered a bombshell on Tuesday night when it was revealed that Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and several other players are facing potential suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs.
ESPN's T.J. Quinn had the news:
He went on to elaborate on Tony Bosch's anticipated involvement in the case:
Bosch, of course, is the Biogenesis founder, and if he indeed participates in the investigation, it will not only set a never-before-seen precedent, but it will also make it that much more difficult for players to appeal the suspensions.
Bleacher Report's Lead Writer for Sports Medicine, Will Carroll, talked a bit about that:
His firsthand evidence would be debilitating (for the players) in a case of this nature and would surely result in suspensions.
Or, you know, other types of penalties, per PourMeCoffee:
But while the jokes are always in abundance in a story like this, baseball writer Jonathan Bernhardt and HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy both had some interesting points on the effect of this on their particular sports:
But it's not just the real world that's being affected. There is a serious potential fallout in fantasy circles, as well.
CSNNE.com's Rich Levine made that clear with an all-too-soon Game of Thrones reference:
Even Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris is feeling the effects, although at least he was nice enough to write a kind letter:
Keith Olbermann, meanwhile, puts the entire story into amazing perspective:
ESPN's Chris Jones also attempts to help grasp the magnitude of the story:
This is a groundbreaking development, and it has the chance to change the sport of baseball. Of course, there are still some important questions to be answered before we can truly judge the potential impact, as Quinn points out:
It will be compelling to see how the rest of this story plays out in the coming days.