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Biogenesis suspensions may not come today; MLB considering Monday as the deadline

Aug 2, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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We’ve been assuming that today will be D-Day for Biogenesis suspensions. And it’s possible that’s what happens. But there is increasing chatter that Monday may be the real deadline:

Monday appears to be the deadline for Alex Rodriguez and 13 others to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. While A-Rod is expected to get a lengthy ban, a penalty starting that day would allow Texas All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz to return for October.

Major League Baseball is prepared to issue two simultaneous announcements no later than Monday, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press on Thursday. One would list players who accept suspensions; the other would name those disciplined without deals, but who could challenge penalties before an arbitrator.

The Nelson Cruz factor is bigger than most people have acknowledged given that his has the greatest impact on, you know, actual baseball.  Jhonny Peralta too, although the Tigers’ trade for Jose Iglesias has mitigated that to some degree.

So, we wait. Ready to be shocked and outraged and wrapped up in this story even more than we already are.

  1. blacksables - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    So we’ll hear Tim McCarver talk about this on Saturday’s game, then?


  2. historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Noooooooo!!!!!! Today! Today! Today! Today!

    At least give us the little fish today so we can pre-feast all weekend. Save A-Rod for Monday then.

    Today! Today! Today!

    • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      i gotta boat and some fishing poles and some rohypnol-free chianti – lets do it /stares

  3. icanspeel - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I wish they’d announce it already since it’s all they talk about now.. I turn on the TV or Radio and rarely hear discussions about actual baseball going on

    • jerseygirl57 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Unless you live in the Philly area, where’s it’s Riley Cooper 24/7.

  4. skinsfanwill - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    And to think Barry Bonds was black-balled from baseball when he was in a era of Steroid abuse. these guys know what’s going on now and they are still cheating and getting caught, but are only getting slapped on the wrist. Something is very wrong here. Ban all these guys.

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Monday Monday, Can’t trust that day. Oh Monday morning, couldn’t guarantee that Monday evening you would still be here with me.

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Stopped into a church I passed along the way
      You know I got down on my knees and I began to pray
      That this entire fiasco
      Would be over with some day….

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      I don’t care if Mondays black
      Tuesday, Wednesday – heart attack
      Thursday, never looking back

      • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        It’s Friday, I’m in loooove.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Did you get throw a bunch of papers in the air and spin in your chair after you typed that?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Oddly, no and the boss is out.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Tsk Tsk.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Now it’s Monday. You know what this monotony of not yet, not yet reminds me of? That scene in the “Horrible Conspiracies” episode of Glenda Jackson’s Elizabeth R series wherein the Queenes Faythfulle rack master Richard Topcliffe explains to Sir Anthony Babbington in lurid, interminable detail exactly how he’s going to be tortured to death the following morning. When I first watched that scene forty years ago it hadn’t occurred to me that it prefigured MLB’s carefully orchestrated (like a P.D.Q. Bach concert) leaks about what was going to happen to A-roid if he didn’t take his medicine like a good little boy. If you can find the DVD of the series, watch that scene. It is pure grand guignol poetry, just like this entire Bufogenesis fiasco.

    • natslady - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      I remember that. Couldn’t watch it. And don’t kid yourself, torture like that still goes on, it’s just not on public TV. Good series. Amazing make-up and costumes.

  7. chiadam - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Alex who?

  8. brianbowman16 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I may be in the minority here, but I honestly believe that if these selfish pricks cheat and get suspended, they should not be able to return for the damn playoffs! These late season suspensions are the equivalent of ‘hey here is a 2 month vacation, and by golly you can even come back and help us in the playoffs! If they get banned for the rest of the season, it damn well should include the post season too.

    • natslady - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      Agree. They rest their bodies and come back refreshed. However, Peralta may lose his job if the baby SS is good for the TIgers, so there’s that.

  9. beelza - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Conspiracy theory? No conspiracy fact. Somebody wants Cruz and Peralta to miss the remaining games in the regular season. Does Texas even make the playoffs w/o Cruz? Still no evidence with respect to Cruz and Peralta, no failed tests. This entire episode is a witch hunt, it is a farce. With all the evidence mlb has “leaked” they have on Peralta and Cruz, what is up with these chronic delays and shifts in legal stretegy? If mlb’s case is so rock solid, why haven’t they suspended these players months ago? The 50 game suspensions just happen to fall within a timeline that prevents two key players from finishing the regular season while their teams are locked in heated battle for the playoffs. The fix is in.

  10. addictedzone - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Why not announce all those that have signed off on their suspension today and get them out of the way. That lets us pile on and belittle the deniers over the weekend.

  11. ctony1216 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Deadline pushed to Monday? The lawyers must be loving this — more billable hours!

    But, this is the last Biogenisis story I’ll read until the fines are officially announced. Put it to a rest for a while please.

    Lots of good baseball this weekend — Cards vs. Reds, Rangers vs. A’s, Bumgarner vs. Archer (tonight).

    • jrbdmb - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Yup, and all anyone will be talking about during these games is the upcoming suspensions. Dumb dumb dumb.

      MLB, get on with it!

  12. huskerguy - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I just don’t care anymore. I had a hard time coming back from the strike and now Braun broke my heart. I’ll just star watching soccer and I hate soccer.

    • addictedzone - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      If your eyes were open, Braun should have broken your heart last year and you’d already be recovered from that strange soccer fetish by now.

  13. darylgstewart - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    It’s wrong to try these players in the Press and selectively release information, before they have a chance to defend themselves. Even if one of these guys is not guilty, it is a travesty of justice. MLB, release what you know to the players and their representatives, now! Stop playing games. et justice run its course, don’t try to bend it to your benefit!

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