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09:33 AM ET 07.28 | The strong indications are Major League Baseball will announce all the suspensions in the Biogenesis case this week, including one that could cover the rest of this year and all of next season for Alex Rodriguez, The Post has learned. It is believed MLB wants to make the suspensions formal this week before teams reach the point at which they have fewer than 50 games to play. The penalty for first-time offenders who fail a PED test is 50 games. The thinking is MLB wants to provide the first-time offenders this carrot: Don't appeal and you can serve the entire suspension this year and start with a clean slate for next season. Rodriguez does not fit into this category. It has become evident MLB is going to demand Rodriguez's punishment far exceed Braun's. That is because MLB believes the combination of being a user and obstructing the case demands a much stiffer penalty - especially because Rodriguez has admitted to previous drug use from 2001-03 and because MLB believes Rodriguez subsequently lied to its investigators in previous interviews about his usage.

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July 28, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Enough with these stupid A-Fraud stories!

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July 28, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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I just don't know what they are waiting for.all this 'scheming' by baseball- makes them look bad -

Agree. It was "curious" to say the least that Bud's old team he still is closely tied to decided of all this cast of characters to deal with Braun first and in a way that does no harm to the Brewers next year.

MLB looks a little dubious in the way they are going about it all. No need to. All should have been done at the same time.

July 28, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Get it over with!


(Not like the Rangers are gonna need Cruz for their playoff push...)

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July 28, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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yes-perform your investigation and come to a conclusionfor them to slowly dole out punishments is dragging the whole thing out and drawing un-necessary attention.



QUOTE(#3): Originally posted 09:53 AM ET 07.28 by 50yearfan
Agree. It was "curious" to say the least that Bud's old team he still is closely tied to decided of all this cast of characters to deal with Braun first and in a way that does no harm to the Brewers next year.MLB looks a little dubious in the way they are going about it all. No need to. All should have been done at the same time.

It probably would have all come down together, but Braun was "smart" enough to see the writing on the wall. If you liken it to a police investigation, he circumvented the process by basically turning himself in and taking a plea deal. The other guys are going to court, so to speak. The guy who cooperates with the DA always gets the best deal. The others do hard time. I think the Brewers connection was coincidental...not like they were 20 games over 500 or plan to be so next year.

July 28, 2013  11:40 AM ET

It could give Braun reason to have his 65 game suspension reduced since MLB has drug their feet on rest of group. If they ban the rest of group the rest of year would be around 50 games. MLB and Butt Selig needs to get off their collective butts and give out suspensions. If they don't soon some of those suspensions will bleed into the first of next season

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July 28, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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I just don't know what they are waiting for.all this 'scheming' by baseball- makes them look bad - just announce the names of the guys already and move onOther leagues like the NFL have MORE problems and MORE guys that get caught/use...but mlb is the only one that makes things worse by turning it into a production.

Totally agreed. I am one of many here in New England and elsewhere is sick and tired of the same old hum drum, steroids, PED's, blah blah ...how long have we been listening to the rhetoric? Besides, there's some good races going on, some outstanding individual performances and history might be made....legit history. For the love of God, let's move on!!!

July 28, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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I get that- and understand that.....but its been a while since he took the deal.what is baseball waiting for now?its been over a week since he was suspended.what are they giving all these guys an open ended period to come forward and admit their actions so they can also get lesser penalties?I mean- it just makes mlb look weak, IMO- they should've just went to the players- said....we are going to suspend you- you have 48 hours to make a deal- otherwise- you are gone.this whole process is just making things worse for the game

Perhaps they are working with most of the other guys. Maybe they want to avoid having the appeals process drag on all winter long, and they are going to each of these guys and saying "okay...here's the deal" and seeing who goes with the program and who might be a potential legal battle. I do know that we would be equally critical if MLB simply looked down from up on high and levied 20 suspensions in a seemingly knee jerk fashion. For now I am willing to approve the strategy of time-taking. If it proves to have been wasted time, I'll reconsider.

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July 28, 2013  12:09 PM ET

As for A-Rod, the situation is more complicated. Insurance coverage issues vis a vis his return or non-return from "injury" plays into the timing of the suspension. That is why they are waiting on the others as well, so as to not give the impression that A-Rod and the Yankees situation was treated differently. MLB and the Yankees want A-Rod out of baseball and to not be owed the millions from that great contract the Yankees renegotiated a few years back. As for all of these guys, who really cares if the suspensions run over into next year. Why tailor the suspensions in a way that provides any "carrot" or benefit for the players. It's not like they all didn't know exactly what they were doing and the risks involved. They have all left an indelible mark on the game of baseball, so why shouldn't the suspensions leave an equally deep scar on their careers as well?

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July 28, 2013  12:19 PM ET

And 98% will be players with a Latin background. Funny how the press doesn't want to deal with this truth. S.I. actually did an article on this a few years back. Since then? Shhhhhhhhhhhhh.

July 28, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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Agree. It was "curious" to say the least that Bud's old team he still is closely tied to decided of all this cast of characters to deal with Braun first and in a way that does no harm to the Brewers next year.MLB looks a little dubious in the way they are going about it all. No need to. All should have been done at the same time.

Forget the "Bud" conspiracy theory"...it has nothing to do it being his old team. Braun was smart enough to see the writing on the wall. He wanted to get out of the limelight and start fresh next season - plain and simple

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July 28, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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braun, mcguire, clements, bonds, pettite are latino ?I could argue that 3 of the top 5 biggest cheaters weren't latino

ARoid isn't latino.........



He's centaurian !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 28, 2013  12:36 PM ET
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Perhaps they are working with most of the other guys. Maybe they want to avoid having the appeals process drag on all winter long, and they are going to each of these guys and saying "okay...here's the deal" and seeing who goes with the program and who might be a potential legal battle. I do know that we would be equally critical if MLB simply looked down from up on high and levied 20 suspensions in a seemingly knee jerk fashion. For now I am willing to approve the strategy of time-taking. If it proves to have been wasted time, I'll reconsider.

Agreed 100%. MLB knows that the player's union will fight all these suspensions so it only makes sense that braun's admitting and accepting his suspension would put him on the top of the list and the first to fall. The other cheaters have all refused to talk to MLB about the biogenesis investigation so naturally MLB is going to make sure that they have EVERY piece of evidence logged and filed so as to not give the leaches, err, lawyers any wiggle room.

As for a-fraud, if he actually tried to cover up his cheating he could be looking at the death penalty (lets hope). So, he will be the last domino to fall.

July 28, 2013  12:59 PM ET

Funny...with all the A-roid and A-fraud references. But every time we hear about the Mitchell list a few years ago, a new Conseco book, another Biogenesis, I find myself less and less outraged about Alex Rodriguez. Turns out everyone WAS doing it, and even though he is an extremely easy, low-hanging target he can hardly be considered the dastardly villain everyone makes him out to be if Mitchell, Conseco and Bosch are to be believed (and they haven't been wrong yet) and literally hundreds of ballplayers have been and/or are still juicing even now.

 
July 28, 2013  01:20 PM ET

Baseball has been a joke for over 20 years because the players were juiced. Time to rid the sport of cheaters.

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