Yesterday, ESPN’s Outside the Lines claimed that MLB is just days away from dishing out a record number of suspensions to over 20 players for being connected to the clinic that doled out PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) to athletes.
ESPN made some serious allegations claiming that some players, including A-Rod and Brewers Ryan Braun, are each facing 100-game suspensions for lying to MLB and for using PEDs.
MLB has released no statement confirming that ESPN’s report is true, but they haven’t denied it either.
Previously, Bosch had vehemently denied any association with A-Rod and that the publicized “notes” published in the Miami New Times back in January. Bosch also denied this on ESPN again in May.
MLB’s Commissioners Office has been hell-bent to prove that the now non-operational Miami clinic did actually supply players with PEDs spending millions of dollars and thousands of hours.
First, MLB tried to get law enforcement involved in this case but that failed.
So MLB resorted in suing Bosch, which they claimed were to discourage the use of other companies that sell PEDs to MLB players. But instead they seem to be using the lawsuit as a weapon against in him.
Sources supposedly told ESPN that MLB had agreed to the following terms with Bosch in exchange for his testimony:
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.
Bosch also got MLB to agree to protect him if any future charges get made against him.
Here are the issues I am having with this whole situation:
1) MLB is crossing an ethics line here in their quest to get the answer they want.
2) Tony Bosch is a liar practicing without a medical license.
3) Bosch is also the focal point of a federal investigation about his clinic since last summer.
4) Regarding A-Rod, he has not failed any drug tests issued by MLB since admitting to using back in 2009 so going to be tough to prove.
5) Shouldn’t MLB be spending all this time and money-making the game cleaner for the future instead of trying to save face for their own mistakes?
The bottom line and the BIGGEST problem I have with this whole investigation is MLB’s tactics.
What MLB is supposedly giving to Bosch to get him to change his original statements gives him major incentive to be as forthcoming as possible. It also gives Bosch a strong motivation to lie, which he has no problem doing.
Let me clear that by no means do I support cheating in baseball or in any other aspect in life.
But bribing and compensating a scumbag like Bosch, who has a torrid history for being a liar, doesn’t make MLB come out on top.
It makes the Commissioner’s Office look worse than the players they claim supposedly cheated. Desperation is ugly no matter who you are.
If and when A-Rod returns, fans need to go buy Yankees tickets and cheer him on from the get-go.