NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s next? That’s the question being asked after Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension for unspecified “violations” of baseball’s drug program and labor contract Monday.
The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason is what’s expected to be the start of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Among those linked in media reports to Biogenesis are the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and four of this year’s All-Stars, including Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
Some players are reacting with anger. Seattle outfielder Jason Bay says Braun’s previous denials of drug use and his heartfelt apology this spring “kills” all players’ credibility on the topic of performance enhancing drugs.
039-v-26-(Chuck Freimund, correspondent)–Milwaukee’s star outfield has been suspended by Major League Baseball. Correspondent Chuck Freimund reports. (23 Jul 2013)
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041-c-14-(Ron Blum, AP baseball writer)-”being overturned originally”-AP baseball writer Ron Blum reports Ryan Braun’s 65-game suspension results, in part, from his successful grievance of a 50-game suspension last year for a failed drug test. (23 Jul 2013)
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043-c-22-(Ron Blum, AP baseball writer)-”to fight it (second reference)”-AP baseball writer Ron Blum reports other players who have been linked to the Biongenesis probe face a decision in the wake of the Ryan Braun suspension. (23 Jul 2013)
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040-c-10-(Ron Blum, AP baseball writer)-”probe of Biogenesis”-AP baseball writer Ron Blum reports Milwaukee’s 2011 NL MVP has been snagged in the investigation into the closed anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performance enhancing drugs. (23 Jul 2013)
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042-c-16-(Ron Blum, AP baseball writer)-”being made public”-AP baseball writer Ron Blum reports it’s not known why Braun decided to agree to the suspension. (23 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO NY163: FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2012 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun holds his elbow after missing a swing during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, in Washington. Braun, a former National League MVP, on Monday, July 22, 2013 was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and admitted he “made mistakes” in violating Major League Baseball’s drug policies. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) (21 Sep 2012)
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