Jul 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) runs to third against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

13 Players Get Biogenesis Suspension, Atlanta Braves Take

Aug 5, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez at a press conference before the game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday afternoon, news broke that Major League Baseball has indeed suspended 13 players because of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic and performance-enhancing substances.  The most profound name would be Alex Rodriguez, who has a suspension that would sideline the 38-year-old Rodriguez without pay through the end of the 2014 regular season.

The other 12 players will serve a 50 game suspension and those include Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, Mets utilityman Jordany Valdespin, and Minor Leaguers Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino de los Santos, Cesar Puello and Sergio Escalona were also suspended.

“Despite the challenges this situation has created during a great season on the field, we pursued this matter because it was not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do,” Commissioner Bud Selig said.  “For weeks, I have noted the many players throughout the game who have strongly voiced their support on this issue, and I thank them for it.”

And a few of those other players come from the Atlanta camp…Dan Uggla, Brandon BeachyChris Johnson and B.J. Upton were among the several.

“I’m just glad it’s almost over with,” Uggla said.  “It’s a sad day for MLB but unfortunately we have to go through this process to get the game clean.”

The MLB leading hitter, Chris Johnson also doesn’t agree with cheating in baseball…

“We all knew this day was coming but I think we are glad that it has happened.  If those guys cheated and Major League Baseball thinks they cheated the game than they need to be suspended.”

“This is all sort of annoying, I try not to pay attention to it,” Upton spoke on the suspensions.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez spoke on this issue “It’s a good thing going forward.  I don’t think fans want to come in and have doubts who’s doing this and who’s doing that.  I don’t think organizations want to come in and get free agents or give contracts to people that you don’t know what you’re buying.  It’s a good step in the right direction.”

Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy on the issue, “It’s just unfortunate that we’ve still got a lot of people cheating.  Bottom line.  The testing does work, but if you’re only testing for HGH in spring training, then what are they doing the rest of the year?  So obviously if anybody does steroids you get (urine) tested for that, you’re going to get busted. There are still ways to get around it. … I agree (testing) needs to happen more often.”

Uggla has his believes of what the MLB can do to clean up this sport we all love…

“I think we all can agree that the penalties aren’t harsh enough, if we want to get this game cleaned up the way it’s suppose to be…if you get caught one time it’s just your done.  I think that’s the only way it will be completely clean.”



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  • cheadrick

    Joe Simpson made an error in the game the other night. Don’t know if anyone else caught it, but right after the interview, Joe said that Uggla saying “I’m just glad it’s almost over with,” was not enough. Joe must not have watched the part where Uggla went on to say that he believes if caught, they should be out of baseball. I like that, and I agree with Uggla.

    What is not being said as much is that the MLB is simply not serious about the PEDs problem. If they were, they would take Uggla’s advice and do just that. They never will though, because they walk that fine line between trying to do something to show they’re serious about the problem, and also not wanting marquee players and big names, or baseball in general to take a revenue hit. I think they are short-sighted if that’s the case. They should realize that if MLB would actually go that furthest mile and remove all caught PEDS users from baseball, over time it would clean up the MLB and probably make the game even more of a revenue thing.

    I dunno, I realize there are those that feel that PEDs are good for the game, and that those old battles between Bonds and Sosa, etc. were good for baseball…ie chicks dig the long ball. As a purist, I disagree, but it’s likely to be an age old debate.

    • fireboss

      I suspect you’ll see penalties increase to a year first offense and life ban second. I would also look for some kind of leeway for the commissioner to protect players that make an honest mistake. Freddy Galvis used horse liniment to cure his athlete’s foot and it caused him to fail a the test. Guilermo Mota took cough syrup that caused him fail. The leeway may come in the form of enhanced testing that can identify peak levels but the union rightly won’t give him the ax on the first testing offense. It might however allow for a ban on players or agents who point players in the direction of the bad guys selling the stuff.

      Evereth Cabrera said that his agents facilitated his use and that agency had everyone on the list except A-Rod and one or two others who were with them but changed agencies since,