“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.”
This would easily be the largest group punishment since the Black Sox scandal of 1919, where 8 players were banned for life for throwing the World Series for cash. It’s clear that MLB wants to make an example out of these players, and what an example it will be.
The biggest question right now is how long these suspensions will be. Are they going to be slaps on the wrist or are we going to see some substantial punishment? That will determine the long term impact of this announcement. My thinking is that if MLB is handing out suspensions like hotcakes, it’s going to make sure that no looks like they’re getting off easy. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the players banned for the rest of the season.
Sometimes baseball itself is more disappointing than watching the Red Sox win.