Report: Major League Baseball plans to suspend Brewers' Ryan Braun, Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and more
Major League Baseball is expected to suspend Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and 20 other players for violating the league's drug policy, according to ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish.
The league plans to hand out the suspensions after the All-Star Game, which is scheduled for July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
The issue is how exactly the league would suspend the players, and also the length, as none of them have failed a drug test.
The players have been connected to Tony Bosch and a Biogenesis clinic in Miami, known to distribute performance-enhancing drugs.
More from Quinn and Fish:
"Sources said the commissioner's office was considering 100-game bans for Braun and Rodriguez, the punishment for a second offense, even though neither player was previously suspended for violating MLB's drug policy.
The argument, one source said, would be that they -- and possibly other players -- committed multiple offenses by receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch and by lying about it.
Bosch's attorneys have met repeatedly with MLB officials over the past month, turning over numerous documents to substantiate his connection to the players named in company documents, sources have said."
Currently, the punishments for positive test results are:
- 50-game suspension for the first offense.
- 100-game suspension for the second offense.
- A lifetime ban for the third offense.