Baseball’s PED Suspensions Likely Pushed to Next Season

If any baseball fan knows something about the Biogenesis Scandal it’s that Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, two of Major League Baseball’s premier stars, are facing 100 game suspensions, along with as many as 20 other players. What we’re all waiting on, is for something to happen.

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Now it seems, whatever that something might be, won’t be carried out until next season. According to the Associated Press:

“The baseball players’ association says any suspensions resulting from the sport’s latest drug investigation likely won’t be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator.

Union head Michael Weiner expects Major League Baseball will notify the union of its plans for penalties in the next month, and the union will maintain any discipline should not be announced until after a grievance hearing and then only if arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a ban.”

Being that it’s nearly August, and the large number of players potentially involved in this scandal, it doesn’t seem possible to investigate, arbitrate and hand down disciplinary action before the end of this season.

Baseball’s commissioner, Bud Selig, appeared on David Letterman on Monday stating, “We’re in the midst of a very thorough and tough investigation…” But when he was asked whether or not A-Rod would be suspended, he responded by saying he knew, but he wouldn’t say.

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SGN Correspondent Liam Bancroft