There are some heavy suspensions expected to be laid down today in the MLB’s biogenesis investigation. 50 game suspensions are suspected to be handed out to more than 10 players around the majors and in the minor leagues as well.
The biggest of these names of course being Yankees 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez is facing much more than a 50 game ban however, he is expected to be suspended throughout then 2014 season, should his attempted appeal fail.
If Rodriguez is suspended throughout the 2014 season he will lose approximately 34 million dollars in salary. The players do have the option of the appeal, or they can just accept the 50 game suspension and play once it is up. All of the other players facing suspension including Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli are suspected to accept the 50 game ban when it is handed out today. A-rod, however, will appeal.
The interesting concept about his appeal is that until it is fully heard in a court he is allowed to take the field for the yankees, and even thouhg they were notified of the suspension the have “penciled in” A-Rod for today’s game, starting at his normal 3rd base spot. We will find out very soon if all these suspensions are, in fact, true.
And we have also learned that 3 new players names who have not been released yet have surfaced in the investigation and are expected to be suspended as well today for their involvement with the clinic. ESPN’s T.J. Quinn announced at 2:32 Eastern Time that MLB has agreed to suspend 12 players. Stay tuned.