MLB wondering if DEA could release identities of drug policy violators, please

"Hey... we'll just be over here... waiting to, you know... get those names..." (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

First of all, they called it "Operation: Strikeout." I don't know whose job it is at the DEA to generate cute nicknames for all their operations, but that one is just adorable. Maybe there was an Adorable Operation Name Sub-Committee. Way to go, gang.

What the DEA's "Operation: Strikeout" entailed was uncovering the names of players guilty of breaking MLB's substance abuse policies - and not the usual Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun crowd. New guys this time. New drama.

The DEA resurfaced from its mission, whatever it was, with five names, proudly announcing (per ESPN) this fact without mentioning whose names they are. This got Major League Baseball's attention in a way that Kirk Gibson headhunting and Tony La Russa being cool with it never could.

Tony Bosch, central figure of the Biogenesis scandal, was arrested on Tuesday on "counts related to conspiracy to distribute various controlled substances" but, surprisingly, did not have anything to do with this investigation. Instead, the DEA says its "compelling" evidence on the five players points at Yuri Sucart, the cousin of Alex Rodriguez.

MLB can only drum their fingers on a desk and wait for the DEA to deem their investigation concluded, but for the time being, it remains ongoing and can therefore not be compromised by revealing the names of the five players (or more, should they turn up more names). Should these all be first-time offenders, they will receive the standard 50-game ban. 

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