Biogenesis: Could Braun Be Suspended For 100 Games? | Disciples of Uecker

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The Biogenesis scandal wasn’t just going to go away. The anonymous reports identified too many high-profile players and Major League Baseball invested too much time and energy in their investigation to simply have this storyline slink permanently into the darkness.

ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez and Mike Fish dropped a bombshell on the collective baseball community on Tuesday evening. Their report states that Major League Baseball is close to seeking 100-game suspensions for Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and other players potentially indicted by the Biogenesis documents. That’s 50 games for PED usage and another 50 games for directly lying about the suspected usage.

Major League Baseball finally got what they desperately wanted. Anthony Bosch, owner of the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic, has reportedly agreed to cooperate with investigators and will provide names to the league in the coming days. After months of full-throated denials, Bosch has apparently decided to flip and talk.

But something about this reeks, doesn’t it?

Reports indicate Anthony Bosch is flat-out broke. He’s currently living with friends and family, unable to restart his business and absolutely terrified of potential litigation. The latter part is completely understandable. After all, how can a person without any money pay for an expensive legal battle? And according to the ESPN report, Major League Baseball offered to solve all his problems — provided he give up his clients.

From the report by Quinn, Gomez and Fish:

“In exchange for Bosch’s full cooperation, sources said, Major League Baseball will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March, indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation, provide personal security for him and even put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that might bring charges against him. Sources said negotiations over the agreement, which lasted several weeks, stalled over the last point, as Bosch wanted the strongest assurances he could get that MLB would help mitigate any prosecution.”

That’s as close to a “Get Out of Jail Free” card as one can receive from a non-governmental agency. Lawyers have regularly utilized this tactic to get individuals to flip on clients/associates and become a key informant — so it’s not unprecedented — but it’s certainly not without flaw or cause for concern.

Here’s the problem. At what point do we feel confident Bosch is telling the truth and not just what Major League Baseball wants to hear? At what point does the previously untrustable become trustable? He obviously has quite the incentive to cooperate and please the league, as saying the right things could help him rehabilitate his life and career.

As I’ve mentioned innumerable times over the past couple years, I have no idea if Ryan Braun used performance-enhancing drugs or not. I have no possible way of knowing. I’m open to the possibility that he used. If Anthony Bosch provides legitimate documentation that he sold illegal substances to Braun, the Brewers’ superstar would deserve to be suspended. I’m not sure he would deserve the 100 games, but he certainly would deserve the requisite 50 games.

However, if the entire investigation hinges on the words — words, not documentation — of Bosch, that feels (at best) inadequate for the necessary irrefutable truth that would be necessary to suspend a player for a non-analytic positive. Especially when Bosch told ESPN approximately one month ago that his only relationship with Ryan Braun was to help his legal team in his successful appeal.

What changed to get Bosch to potentially flip his story? Well, we know his incentive to tell a different story has certainly increased. Significantly.

His new story that will reportedly condemn Braun and other players could be the one-hundred-percent truth, too. But unless his new stance of cooperation comes with some documentation — phone records, receipts, etc. — I don’t feel confident saying this is anything other than a scam artist looking for the best way out of a bad situation.

And I’m not sure potentially suspending 20+ players for 100 games based on that sort of testimony is Major League Baseball’s best move.

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  1. Bob M says: June 5, 2013

    I wonder if the CBA allows the commissioner’s office to suspend players for lying. I have a hard time seeing that being included.

  2. Bob Hale says: June 5, 2013

    OK, I get it. For sure, Bosch is a liar. The question is, “Which time was he lying?” I recognize that the collective bargaining agreement arbitration process will not provide the same protection for the players as the criminal legal process ( guilt beyond a reasonable doubt ) but I doubt this charge will “stick”. Unfortunately, the belief by many that the charges are true will “stick” and their careers will be tainted. For sure, baseball and the players are worse off for the whole sordid affair.

  3. B0b Uecker says: June 5, 2013

    So, Ryan Braun has been caught cheating… Again!! Get over it Brewer’s fans… He’s cheated twice!! And his “Herpes” story disgusts anybody with a brain outside of Milwaukee… (and that includes “Con-missioner” Bud Selig, from whom he probably contracted the STD!!)

    So, your Brewers lose yet another overpaid Superstar (after King-sized appetite Fielder, Zack Cranky, and a couple of others!!) Poor babies!! Your team sucks this year, and it will suck even worse once Braun’s gone, also… 100+ loss season for the Brewers? On the Horizon!!

    • Philboyd says: June 5, 2013

      obvious Cubs fan.

      • B0b Uecker says: June 5, 2013

        Wrong…. guess again, pal… the Cubs will likely lose 100 games, too!!!

        • dbug says: June 5, 2013

          Cards fan, of course.

  4. Philboyd says: June 5, 2013

    I think Braun’s career will be tainted more by lying about using performance enhancing drugs than by the use of the drugs. If he hadn’t appealled the positive test, had come clean and taken his 50 games, it would all be behind him by now. Instead he is suffering the death by a thousand cuts and has committed the unforgivable by lying to our face.
    Of course, that all assumes the allegations are true. Which, at this point, it sure looks like they are.
    OK, let the flaming begin.

    • B0b Uecker says: June 5, 2013

      If he had come clean, then he might have had to give up his beloved MVP award, though… Poor (Herpes) baby!!!

      • BrewersWorldSeries says: June 5, 2013

        Dude, do you actually watch baseball? Tell me your favorite team and I guarantee there’s at least 5-10 guys using PED’s. It’s the “unlucky” ones who get caught. Get your head out of the sand. It’s professional sports, everyone uses PED’s to some degree. And what kind of a retard uses the name “Bob Uecker” to bash the Brewers on a Brewers blog?

    • Cale says: June 5, 2013

      Lets just say for a moment that he is clean, why would he just serve the suspension anyway? And there is actually very little that shows these allegations are true.

    • Ross B says: June 5, 2013

      Not likely. MLB is going after Melky Cabrera again.

  5. Matt T says: June 5, 2013

    Ok, I’m still struggling to determine what “proof” MLB could have of Braun using or obtaining any PEDs. I’m not saying he did or didn’t. I’m just saying that the word of someone that MLB previously speant time destroying seems suspect to hang on now that it’s availible.

    What real proof is there? There’s no positive test!

  6. Warboss74 says: June 5, 2013

    J.P., how does rule 3.H play into all of this. I assume that applies to Cabrera, Colon, and Grandal as well as the stupid 100 game tactic (getting players to take 50 and 1 offense), but there’s some gray area with a successful appeal. Unless Bosch has evidence that proves this is a second offense and not same use, I think Braun walks simplzy on that.

  7. dmitri says: June 5, 2013

    Bosch is enough to get Braun a suspension. Braun already has a positive test. He got off due to a procedural error. The seal on the sample wasn’t broken when it reached the lab. The seal is signed by Braun himself. So even though the procedure was broken, the amount of testerone should go down over time. The way they broke the procedure his test results should have gone down not up.

    Everyone is saying Bosch turned, what was stopping the players from paying him to keep his mouth shut. Then with MLB squeezing him more and more they couldn’t funnel money to him. It is pretty easy to see why he flip. Look at Bonds, he got his trainer to sit in prison for a year to keep his mouth shut. I am pretty sure he got paid royally for that.

    Like someone said above, he should have admitted he took it when it came out. No one cares about Giambi or Petitte. Take personal responsibility for your actions.

    I don’t blame players for taking steroids as there is a financial motivation, but take responsibility for your actions.

    • Mike says: June 5, 2013

      Still, where is the proof? Even the most abhorrant Braun Haters still usually use the “where there is smoke, there is fire” philosophy simply because there isn’t much to go on. Braun failed a test. But the test wasn’t handled properly. Then his legal team replicated the results of the failed test in the arbitration hearing thus proving that it was entirely possible to provide a clean sample and still “fail” the test without removing the tamper proof seal. Now Bosch has come out and corroborated Braun’s claim that he was contacted only as a consultant. So if Bosch back pedals on that statement now, do we view that as the truth or is he giving MLB what they want in order to save his own skin. Hard to take the word of a guy who has changed his tune as the pressure mounted and then the monetary incentive to squeal presented itself. Its clearly evident that they want Braun’s head after the successful appeal. I think MLB has gone too far to get it and will end up looking the worse in this case even if suspensions come out. They would have to basically destroy the credibility of their own testing system to get these 2 big fish… Pandora’s Box opening up again.

    • Ross B says: June 6, 2013

      You are completely wrong. The way they broke procedure is known to cause false positives, not make the amount of testosterone go down.

  8. Beep says: June 6, 2013

    I can’t imagine Bosch is going to turn over anything that federal prosecutors didn’t already know, so I doubt MLB is going to get anything to stick.
    On the otherhand, if MLB does throw the book at Braun, let’s just hope they do it within the next 5 games before game #63 so we can totally wipe off 2013 as a wasted season and he’s back for opening day next year.

    • Philboyd says: June 8, 2013

      That’s a consideration to be sure. We’re going nowhere this year.

      I understand the position of people saying there is inadequate “proof”, but that’s just a procedural consideration about whether they can or can’t nail him. As to reality, let’s face it – when you’re talking about something this competitive (i.e. professional sports) where millions of dollars are at stake, you can bet your last dollar that players are going to do anything and everything they can to better compete. I expect that no more than a small handful of Jamie moyer-r.a. dickey types have NOT had at least some use of PEDs. And I could be wrong about those two also

      • Philboyd says: June 8, 2013

        I also think Prince didn’t. But just because he didn’t need to.

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