This week marks a very important anniversary for Major League Baseball. It was one year ago on this day the world learned about a Miami-based anti-aging clinic known as Biogenesis and the man who ran it, Anthony Bosch.
On Jan. 31, 2013, Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times broke the story about Bosch, the clinic and various performance-enhancing drugs that were provided to athletes in various sports.
The MLB players listed in the report included Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, Nelson Cruz, Jesus Montero, Gio Gonzalez, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli and Antonio Bastardo.
After more than seven months of investigating the clinic, MLB handed down suspensions for 12 current players. Two of them, pitchers Fautino de los Santos and Jordan Norberto, were/are free agents. Five others, including Montero, Fernando Martinez, Sergio Escalona, Cesar Puello and Jordany Valdespin, were/are in the minors.
Alex Rodriguez was initially given a 211-game suspension, but he appealed it and played the final 44 games of the year. An arbitrator has since ruled on A-Rod's case, suspending the third baseman for the entire 2014 season.
Ryan Braun accepted a season-ending suspension on July 23, sitting out the final 65 games of 2013. Gio Gonzalez was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case and avoided a suspension.
With the entire scandal now in the rear-view mirror, aside from A-Rod's last-ditch appeal effort in federal court, it's time to move forward by looking at what we can expect from the suspended players.
If a player is not on a team, like de los Santos, Martinez, and Norberto, he is excluded from the list. Aside from Jesus Montero, who is a known commodity, the rest of the minor leaguers will be on one slide.