Performance enhancing drugs had become a major part of Major League Baseball around the turn of the century, and there was a strong push to eliminate that from the sport's culture. Since that time, it seemed like baseball was heading in the right direction with only a handful of player suspensions each year.
This week was a huge step back for MLB though, as the Biogenesis news broke by T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez and Mike Fish of ESPN's Outside the Lines, that upwards of 20 players could be facing suspensions, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.
Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are not making comments about the allegations according to this article by Todd Rosiak of the Journal Sentinel and this statement by Alex Rodriguez on ESPN.com New York.
The news reports should die down after the initial reports this week until MLB and the MLBPA goes through the process. This will start with speaking with Biogenesis of America founder Tony Bosch today and gathering the necessary information. This will then lead to MLB issuing the suspensions they see fit and then followed likely by an appeals process by the player.
It could be some time before there is any type of closure to this story but either way this was a step backwards for the sport in terms of their desire to eliminate PEDs from the sport.