Alex Rodriguez has announced he will appeal the 2014 Suspension by Major League Baseball. The man called A-Rod was one of 13 players suspended as the result of an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by MLB players.
MLB announced a 211 game suspension, but gave him an out. The out was that if he filed an appeal, the suspension would be lifted, so Mr. Rodriguez took that option.
Biogenesis At The Center Of It All
At the center of the investigation is the Biogenesis organization, an anti-aging clinic that was located in Coral Gables, Florida. Biogenesis was the employer of one Porter Fischer. Mr. Porter Fischer turned whistleblower bringing what ESPN claims were boxes of documents to the Miami New Times publication last year. He also told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” staffers that “numerous sports had at least one athlete who received performance-enhancing drugs from clinic founder Tony Bosch,” according to ESPN.
That list of sports does not include the NFL or the NHL, but the NBA, NCAA, professional boxing, tennis and MMA – and more MLB players.
What brought the story to light was that Tony Bosch stopped paying his employees, which it seems he brought on in a weird way. In the case of Porter Fischer, Bosch promised him $4,800 if he gave $4,000. Porter Fischer only got $1,200 of his money back.
To make matters worse, Tony Bosch challenged Fischer to try and get his money, saying “What are you going to do about it,” and implying that because Bosch is a respected doctor, no one would believe Fischer.
In other words, if Bosch paid his people, this story would have gone covered-up for some time.
While some media reports say that it’s closed, one look at its website indicates that it’s not really completely shut down at all. But a closer look reveals that there’s more than one Biogenesis – Biogenesis Nutraceuticals is not Biogenesis of America.
Why All Latin Players
What’s interesting about the MLB suspension is that all of the players listed are from Latin countries: eight Dominican players, three Venezuelans and one Nicaraguan are in the list of players MLB banned. It may be due to a language barrier that has prevented them from being appropriately warned, plus the fact that, given the number of Latin MLB players, and the Florida location of the clinic, it just may be an accidental outcome.
MLB Should Punish Itself
In this vlogger’s view, Major League Baseball should retroactively punish itself for knowing that players were using performance-enhancing drugs, yet failing to install the kind of investigation system it has in place today.
The use of performance-enhancing drugs fueled the home-run chase of the first part of the 21st Century, and the development and financing of new baseball stadiums. Now that the building boom is largely done, it seems MLB wants to cover-up the real evidence of how it was able to create a climate that caused people to buy high-dollar tickets and pay for those new stadiums.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig should be forced to testify before Congress on this, and solo.