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A-Rod Suspended Through 2014, 12 Others Receive 50-Game Bans

Alex Rodriguez

After many long summer days of insignificant updates on the Biogenesis situation in Major League Baseball, the league finally dropped the hammer on Monday afternoon by announcing the suspensions of thirteen players. Alex Rodriguez is the biggest name on the list, and his continued involvement in baseball’s darkest hour has earned him a 211-game ban that will is meant to keep him out of baseball through the 2014 season.

Here’s a list of the other players suspended for 50 games:

  • Nelson Cruz (Texas Rangers)
  • Everth Cabrera (San Diego Padres)
  • Jhonny Peralta (Detroit Tigers)
  • Antonio Bastardo (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Francisco Cervelli (New York Yankees)
  • Jordany Valdespin (New York Mets)
  • Jesus Montero (Seattle Mariners)
  • Cesar Puello (New York Mets)
  • Sergio Escalona (Houston Astros)
  • Fernando Martinez (New York Yankees)
  • Fautino De Los Santos (FA)
  • Jordan Norberto (FA)

The suspensions are yet another dark mark on the sport of baseball, yet they also add another chapter to the elimination of the use of performance-enhancing drugs, a controversy that has haunted the league since the heart of the “steroid era”.

The suspensions are most devastating to the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, as both Peralta and Cruz served regular roles on their contending teams. The Rangers were unable to add a bat at the trade deadline in preparation for the inevitable suspension, though the Tigers managed to acquire infielder Jose Iglesias from Boston in the Jake Peavy trade.

Other notable players involved in the Biogenesis scandal included Ryan Braun (already suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season), Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Yasmani Grandal, each of whom have served suspensions. Names such as Gio Gonzalez that we heard at the start of all this drama have since been cleared.

Alex Rodriguez has already begun to appeal his lengthy suspension in order to continue playing, as he will start in the Yankees lineup tonight in his season debut on a very busy day. His suspension is believed to be longer than the typical 100-game suspension for a second offense because of his alleged involvement with recruiting other athletes to the clinic.

In the league’s mind, it may finally be time to purge the sport of a figure like Rodriguez, who is on his way to many painful years of controversy just as Barry Bonds was in the later stages of his career–the difference being that Rodriguez may have at last met his end.

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