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:
BREAKING: MLB will seek to suspend A-Rod, Ryan Braun and about 20 players connected to Miami clinic. Founder Tony Bosch agreed to cooperate.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 4, 2013
He went on to elaborate on Tony Bosch's anticipated involvement in the case:
Sources tell @OTLonESPN Bosch will swear an affidavit that he provided drugs to players. MLB may seek 100-game suspensions for Braun, A-Rod.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 4, 2013
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:
Bosch's involvement in MLB investigation is huge factor. Penalties coming, but very tough appeals for 20+ players involved.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) June 5, 2013
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:
A-Rod should be pantsed in a Yankee Stadium shame ceremony while fans cheer and the ghosts of baseball greats fly around fast in circles.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) June 5, 2013
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:
We're roaring right past the point where the suspensions/public shaming is more distracting and detrimental to the sport than the cheating.— Jonathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) June 4, 2013
I wonder if the Biogenesis scandal will affect the NBA? Were any NBA players using HGH or other recovery drugs?— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 5, 2013
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:
Potential Red Wedding for fantasy teams MT @TJQuinnESPN MLB will seek to suspend A-Rod, Braun and about 20 players connected to Miami clinic— Rich Levine (@rich_levine) June 4, 2013
Even Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris is feeling the effects, although at least he was nice enough to write a kind letter:
Dear Bud Selig, My fantasy baseball team is already struggling, the last thing I need is many of my better players to be suspended. Kyle— Kyle Turris (@kyleturris) June 5, 2013
Brewers have $85,000,000 in salary guaranteed to Ryan Braun through the end of the 2018 regular season.— Ben Maller (@benmaller) June 5, 2013
If A-Rod were suspended, that's the only way the Yanks could get around paying him (just for those games). Contract could not be voided.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 5, 2013
Keith Olbermann, meanwhile, puts the entire story into amazing perspective:
ESPN report, if correct, would likely foretell the largest group punishment by MLB since the "Black Sox" Scandal broke open in Sept. 1920— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 5, 2013
ESPN's Chris Jones also attempts to help grasp the magnitude of the story:
One day @TJQuinnESPN will tell his grandkids about this Biogenesis story. The story behind the story is insane.— Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) June 4, 2013
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:
Questions TBD: Can Bosch provide more documents? Receipts/phone records? Names of players not yet identified?— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 5, 2013
It will be compelling to see how the rest of this story plays out in the coming days.