Jul 222013
 
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Biogenesis Suspensions: Ryan Braun Struck First, Is Nelson Cruz Next?

Braun is the first to take a trip down suspension lane in 2013.

Just a few days after it was reported that potential suspensions stemming from the Biogenesis accusations weren’t likely to be handed out until next season, the former PED clinic has claimed its first casualty.

2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun has become the latest PED punching bag. He will be suspended without pay for the remainder of the season.

As you may recall, Braun failed a drug test during the 2011/2012 offseason only to have the urine sample mishandled during storage—making it inadmissible.

Braun’s punishment equates to a 65 game suspension—likely less than originally sought by Bud Selig.  In all likelihood, Braun’s willingness to (finally) admit his involvement with PEDs enabled him to minimize the length of his suspension.

Alex Rodriguez is likely next, and since he refused to speak with the powers that be, the-oft injured and chronically overpaid Yankees’ third baseman may be facing a 100 game jaunt or perhaps a lifetime ban…pleasing many (present company included).

The Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz is also a potential for a 50 game jolt, as he was one of 15-20 major-leaguers associated with the Biogenesis sting. Aside from the potential for a plea bargain, first-timers receive a 50 game suspension, second-timers 100 games, and a third time results in a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball.

Current players that are on their second offense include Texas Rangers’ minor leaguer, Manny Ramirez, and Josh Hamilton of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim—although Hamilton’s drug issues were those of abuse rather than PEDs.

The Biogenesis news and potential of Cruz’s suspension certainly puts a damper on the exciting prospect of Matt Garza joining the Rangers’ rotation as early as Tuesday.  However, on the bright side, the sooner the better for Cruz’s suspension, as there are currently 63 games left in the season for Texas, and there is a possibility that a suspension would end shortly before the playoffs.

 

@TMurrayHowell

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  2 Responses to “Biogenesis Suspensions: Ryan Braun Struck First, Is Nelson Cruz Next?”

  1. Good stuff Tim!

    As far as A-Rod, I’m actually just hoping for a suspension as I believe that a lifetime ban would relieve the Yankees of that albatross of a contract.

    With Nellie, all we can hope is that the suspension doesn’t come down until after the season and he get’s to serve it at the beginning of 2014…with whatever team decides to sign him this offseason…maybe the Rangers at a discount.

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  2. Thanks Scott!

    I’m with you 100% For the team that has attempted to buy so many championships, it’s only appropriate that they get stuck with that sucker in its entirety!

    With Nellie, here’s hoping that it either happens, like, today, or as you said—next season. But if a looming suspension is the impetus for JD to bring in Giancarlo, CarGo, or a hybrid of them both: “GianCarGo” then…giddyup mother scratcher!

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