Biogenesis founder, Bosch, ready to speak to MLB
ESPN's "Outside The Lines" reported Tuesday that Major League Baseball will look to suspend Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, and 19 other players connected to the now defunct Biogenesis clinic in Florida. Biogenesis, and it's founder, Tony Bosch, have been under intense scrutiny by MLB to determine if it provided baseball players with performance enhancing drugs.
Braun was one of a handful of players whose name appeared in Biogenesis documents obtained by the Miami New Times in February. At the time, Braun admitted to consulting Bosch as part of his successful appeal of a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test in 2011, but explained Bosch never supplied him with PED's.
Shortly after Braun released a statement explaining how he used Bosch purely as a consultant, Bosch echoed Braun's words.
Now ESPN is reporting that Bosch is ready to meet with MLB within the next week, and he will take stars such as Braun, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrerra down with him. In addition, ESPN cited a source who indicated the league would pursue a 100-game suspension for Braun, Rodriguez, Cabrerra, and others instead of a 50-game suspension that usually accompanies first-time offenders.
The fact that Bosch is ready to talk to the league is news, and is certainly a win for Major League Baseball. That being said, we have no idea what he is going to say, or who (if anyone) he will admit supplying PED's to. For ESPN to talk about possible suspensions of 100 games for Braun, Rodriguez and others is speculation at this point.
MLB has been on the attack ever since Braun's suspension was overturned by former Arbitrator Shyam Das in 2012. Das has since been fired, and MLB has rewritten the rules in regards to collection procedures for league-issued dug tests. The next step for MLB is to identify who cheated, who lied, and who is to be suspended.