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Report: Evidence against A-Rod goes “far beyond” what was found on Ryan Braun

Jul 22, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

With the baseball world still reeling from the news of Ryan Braun‘s suspension for his connection to Biogenesis, many are naturally wondering what is in store for Alex Rodriguez. Well, if what ESPN’s T.J. Quinn is hearing is accurate, it doesn’t bode well for him.

Quinn also writes that “MLB confronted Braun with volumes of evidence provided by Tony Bosch, including texts.” What evidence MLB has against Rodriguez isn’t exactly clear, but that there was enough there for Braun to make a deal is not promising. It also could hurt the possibility of a successful appeal, as Braun’s actions today give Bosch credibility, which is something that has been in question since the Biogenesis investigation began. For what it’s worth, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported earlier today that MLB received “receipts, checks, the whole nine yards” during their investigation, though it’s not known whether any of those apply to Rodriguez.

Interestingly, Quinn writes that the case against Rodriguez includes the possibility that he interfered with the investigation, so MLB is expected to go after him harder than they did Braun. Bill Madden and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News reported last weekend that lawyers for Rodriguez were internally discussing the possibility of a plea agreement with MLB — possibly settling on a 150-game suspension — though he and his representatives have denied the story.

  1. banpeds - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Never Defend the obvious… amazing how many people truly believed the Union and Clean players were going to protect all these cheaters in this problem.

    • basedrum777 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      I honestly thought the Union would go to the mattresses to protect even dirty players. Glad I was wrong.

  2. jlilly67 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Throw them all out. Knowingly defrauded fans and the game.

  3. jlilly67 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I guess now they actually might juice the balls….

    • bendover09 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Who says they haven’t already ?? Korea is already going thru this scandal that has been proven true .

  4. walterwhite1976 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    And Football has about 40 percent juicing but no one cares about that..

    • louhudson23 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      Because flocks of RBs are not suddenly gaining 7 yards a carry and DEs are not getting 40 sacks a season,just like pitchers didn’t suddenly start to throw 120 mph….The NFL has not been fundamentally altered the way BB clearly was/is by PED use. Same for why greenies etc are not causing the uproar….What we saw since the Bash Bros. and the freaky deaky Sosa/McGwire/Bonds and all the 40 HR seasons and all the musclebound Ron Gants and Brett Boone’s slapping the ball silly and then suddenly not…..and all the horseshit defense and 37 year old “kids” was not baseball. It sucked,it was a distortion of the essence of the game. And for this reason,it has drawn all the attention….today’s game isn’t going to stand for it,not it’s fans,not its management and not the clean players…..all of whom played a role in the fiasco that was baseball in the Home Run Derby freak Show…..but those days have passed,the JDA was a clear message that this wasn’t Oakland in 1988 anymore…..and these frauds who thumbed their noses at the outrage and the efforts to clean it up,and who knew better from having heard it all…..and each and everyone of their obtuse apologists can kiss my ass………

      • basedrum777 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Sorry but football was changed when players started “recovering” from torn ACL’s in 8 months. The biggest change PED’s has on a game is the ability to not break down from wear and tear and in its help in recovery periods. This is the biggest difference in current athletes to past. Not only are knee injuries not ending careers like they did b/c of better surgery but also they’re returning in 5 months. Its a joke.

    • bougin89 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      I would think 40 percent is on the low side for the NFL.

    • manhandler1 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      If it was that low, I’d be surprised. If anyone thinks that a huge number of NFL players aren’t on some sort of PED’s, they’re living in a fantasy world. NFL’s testing program is called wink, wink, nod, nod. At least baseball is serious about their testing program…the NFL’s is a huge joke.

  5. steeler999 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I know Braun looses money for the games he is suspended, but isn’t he still guaranteed
    around $100 mil when he comes back? I don’t think most of these guys give a damn about the purity of the game. They want the big payday. They’ll do whatever they have to to get the big contract. I can’t say I really blame them. As a fan, I think what’s happened with PED’s over the last 30 or so years sucks. But guys trying to earn a living don’t see it the same way fans do.

  6. dhragonn - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Jose Canseco 2.0

  7. 2dmo4 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Ban this guy for life.

  8. moshe - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Whoever thought we’d be saying this…Canseco was right.

  9. yanksguy23 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    ARod is in trouble for the PED use and for obstructing the investigation by attempting to buy back documents pointing to his use. He can get the 50 for the first time use (caught this time) or 100 for the second time (if you count his admission of use while with the Rangers), plus another 50 for “Conduct Detrimental or Prejudicial to Baseball, ” MLB’s catch-all to catch all, for the sleazy buy back scheme. 150 games. Sweet.

    Or he could get 65 games like Braun. Only Bud knows for sure.

  10. spc7ray - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Ive said it before–Pay Arod his contract and kick him out of the game–Arod is guilty—-The Yankees are guilty (they Knew) Selig is more than guilty–because of his looking the other way for the alst 20 years Baseball records are all Tainted–For Money!—nless you are a real fan you don’t see this-Hell because of this a lot of players that didn’t cheat will not go to the Hall of Fame-Just because WE DONT KNOW!–Sorry I blame Selig the most here–The biggest asshole we have had in years! Ban Arod and make Baseball and the Yankees pay___Save our game!

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