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Three previously unknown Biogenesis players named, Gio Gonzalez cleared, 12 total accepting discpline

Aug 5, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

Jordany Valdespin

Lots of Biogenesis news has come out in the past few minutes. We have news of three new names in the Biogenesis scandal, a couple being cleared as well as more news of players agreeing not to appeal and to serve their suspensions.

The new names: The Mets’ Jordany Valdespin, the Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo and the Astros’ Sergio Escalona are all going to receive 50-game suspensions.

According to multiple reports, in addition to Nelson Cruz, Jhonny PeraltaEverth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Cesar Puello, Fautino De Los Santos, Fernando Martinez and Jordan Norberto have all accepted 50-game suspensions. That’s 12 players plus Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez.

Cleared, either completely or in terms of new discipline: Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, and Melky Cabrera, all who will get no additional discipline over what they have already served (each received 50-game suspensions last season). Finally, there have been no violations found for Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals or Danny Valencia of the Orioles. Each were named in the original Miami New Times report about Biogenesis, but there was not much in the way of evidence against them in the actual Biogenesis documents.

Barring any new surprises, this should be the extent of the suspended players. And barring any last minute settlement between A-Rod and Major League Baseball, Rodriguez now stands alone as the sole player mounting an appeal.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Could Valdespin become the new most hated player in baseball once ARod retires/is burned at the stake?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      That HBPiD was prophetic, no?

    • Last Road Reviews - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Nah. First off due to his antics I highly doubt we’d ever see him with the Mets again. Well maybe could have been a September call up. But would probably sit on the bench.

      He’s alienated teammates in the minors and majors. Good luck finding a taker for him. It’s not like he was all that great so maybe you deal with it.

      And now add the suspension. He wrote his ticket off the Mets. And again with his antics and now suspension he’s far more trouble than he’s worth. At best he’s a guy that gives you a month of great play before becoming exposed as an average at best player. I wouldn’t be shocked if we never see him in the majors again.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        So, more Lastings Millidge/Elijah Dukes than ARod/Bonds?

      • Last Road Reviews - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Yeah basically. I could be wrong. But I don’t think we see him again. Perhaps if the Mets keep him Sept. call up (obviously not this one). Maybe a team gives him a shot than grow tired of his antics. But I don’t see him sticking around for long.

  2. neoshweaty - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Valdespin just seems like more trouble than he’s worth between his attitude problems and this now.

    • sdelmonte - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      I don’t really believe that “roid rage” is an universal thing. But it seems likely ‘Spin’s behavior will be blamed on it. Even if attitude like that comes naturally to many.

      Hard to imagine him back in MetsLand any time soon. Not that you need an excuse to cut a player of his service, but this makes it an easy decision.

      Bigger question is about Puello, and whether his numbers this season were all Melky-esque smoke and syringes.

      • neoshweaty - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        I’m really curious about Puello as well. He was pretty mediocre at every level except this year but is also pretty young and learning. I don’t know what to make of him at all.

  3. baseballici0us - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    why on earth is A-Rod the only being targeted for more than 50 games?

    • joey4id - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      1) A-Fraud admitted using steroids while playing for the Rangers 2) he lied to MLB investigators when questioned about his ties to Biogenesis 3) he recruited other players to partake in the Biogenesis PEDs program

      A-Fraud should be banned for life. Anything less would be an insult to Pete Rose. At least his bat wasn’t juiced.

      • dlf9 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Pete Rose lived with a convicted steroid dealer. The odds that the man who once famously said he’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball didn’t take advantage of every possibility to extend his career is just a touch naive.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        1) A-Fraud admitted using steroids while playing for the Rangers

        Wasn’t against the CBA at the time, and there was no JDA either. You can’t get punished for doing something that wasn’t wrong.

        2) he lied to MLB investigators when questioned about his ties to Biogenesis

        Can almost guarantee everyone lied about this, including Braun who publicly lied about it. He got 15 additional games.

        A-Fraud should be banned for life. Anything less would be an insult to Pete Rose. At least his bat wasn’t juiced.

        You Pete Rose defenders are so amazingly hypocritical it’s beyond belief. The man lied about gambling for 15 YEARS, THEN FINALLY ADMITTED IT AFTER HE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT GAMBLING. How is this so hard to understand? He broke baseball’s cardinal rule that’s written in every clubhouse, and lied about it.

      • dlf9 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        edit function … that was a horribly written sentence.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Church, you don’t have to yell at us, buddy.

        It’s just some people believe while he should never be allowed towards anything baseball related, Rose definitely belongs in the hall as a player. I don’t care if they don’t even have a ceremony, his bust belongs there.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        “Anything less would be an insult to Pete Rose. At least his bat wasn’t juiced.”

        I beg to differ. Actually it has been proven that corking a bat hinders it’s performance just slightly, but the fact remains. He tried to cheat the system with a corked bat. The gambler was also a cheat.

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/08/the-story-of-pete-roses-corked-bat/

        http://deadspin.com/5555714/this-is-pete-roses-corked-bat

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        It’s just some people believe while he should never be allowed towards anything baseball related, Rose definitely belongs in the hall as a player.

        I honestly don’t know where I come down on this. Is it being naive to think he never bet on baseball while he was a player? In no way would i trust anything that came out of Rose’s mouth, even if he said water was wet. I’ll probably fall on the side of “let the HoF have the option to vote him in, even though he’s beyond his eligibility date. Give him a year, one shot.”

        But don’t try to tell me that what he did wasn’t as bad as what Arod et al have been doing. They did things to try to make themselves better players (what their actual motive is, be it money/security/long term deal, whatever, but the justification is sound). Rose broke the rule that everyone has known about since the black sox scandal.

        And sorry for the yelling. Getting a little fired up this morning. I should go through the old threads and call out all the people who swore Arod would not play another game in a Yankee uniform.

    • cutlet15 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Because they have evidence that he was involved in a cover up

      • Glenn - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Did he try to make a fake website or something? Hasn’t everyone involved tried to cover up to some extent?

      • ochospantalones - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        Glenn has this exactly right. Melky Cabrera (or those working for him) actively committed fraud against the league, including creating a fake website. He got the standard 50 games. Meanwhile, we have no idea what A-Rod did to cover this up. Lying about connections to Biogenesis certainly is not enough, almost every guy who has ever been caught using PEDs has initially denied it.

      • weaselpuppy - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Corking a bat is a hinderance? Says who?

        Sincerely,

        Norm Cash

    • largebill - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      A good question to which we will not get a good answer.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Because Bud says so. When questioned about it later by his wife, Bud ranted at her for a bit before declaring. “I am not in danger, no. I am the danger…I am the one who knocks.”

    • baseballici0us - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Thanks to all. Covering it up (trying to) didn’t get Melky a lifetime ban.

      Follow up: Why on earth did Braun get suspended before anyone else? Seems a bit like special treatment.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Name came out early + negotiated settlement. MLB held on to all the other names, but we can probably assume guys like Cruz/Peralta/others could have settled earlier.

    • mornelithe - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      I think the reason they’re going after him more is because he allegedly tried to tamper with or intimidate witnesses, and attempted to purchase evidence with the intent of concealing or destroying that evidence. In a court of law, those things wouldn’t be looked kindly upon either. You’d likely lose the jury over those kinds of revelations….if provable.

      That’s the thing, we haven’t seen the evidence, so we just don’t know what they have.

  4. scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I think this improves the Phillies bullpen.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Maybe if you’re looking for a better draft pick. Have you seen the rest of them recently? He’s been the steady one.

      • scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        You know, and I know, that his history demonstrated that that wouldn’t last.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        His history didn’t exactly say he’d become as steady as he has, either.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Further proof that sometimes the PE does not always come with PED’s.

    • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I say we add Garcia, DeFratus, Stutes, and Diekman to the BG list, just because.
      Honorable mention to Durbin as well.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Nothing honorable about mentioning Durbin…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      I think this improves the Phillies bullpen.

      Wait, Antonio Bastardo? Are you serious? Here’s two Phillies relievers:

      A – 43.2 IP, 2.47 ERA (155 ERA+), 12 ER, 4 HR, 8 BB, 40 K
      B – 42.2 IP, 2.32 ERA (165 ERA+), 11 ER, 2 HR, 21 BB, 47 K

      Which do you remove to make the bullpen better?

      • scotttheskeptic - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        It was tongue-in-cheek.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Oh, apologies then. Was like, is this guy serious? He’s having a good year (save the walks, holy crap that’s a lot).

    • spol85 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Bud Selig did what Ruben Amaro couldn’t.

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    seeing that Valdespin-fastball-to-the-junk picture is just perfect. Excellent choice.

    • paperlions - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Oooooooohhhhh, THAT is what they mean by a “junk baller”, I never understood that reference before.

  6. beefytrout - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Kinda glad Gio has once again been found as having done nothing wrong.

    • mississippimusicman - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Me too. Now the Nats fans I know can’t use losing him as an excuse for not making the playoffs.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Nonsense. The Nats’ failure has been for many and varied reasons. Gio being left hanging (without sufficient evidence to suspend him) is not among those reasons.

        About freakin’ time Gio was cleared, BTW. Same for Danny Valencia as well.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        @ Natstowngreg – so you think there was a perfectly legitimate reason Gio’s father went to Tony Bosch?

        If all they have is his fathers records, MLB can not suspend him. But if you are telling me you truly believe his father went to Bosch legitimately, then you are being a homer.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        @DelawarePhilliesFan:

        The substances that his father received are not on the banned list. In fact, they’re the sort of things that you would take if you’re trying to lose weight (which is what has been alleged about his father’s involvement with the clinic).

    • jrobitaille23 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      he’s just smart enough to send his dad in to get some and therefore there wasn’t any direct link. Believing he is innocent is naïve.

      • 18thstreet - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I say we throw him in the ocean. If he floats, he’s a witch.

      • gerryb323 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Why does a duck float?

        Because……it’s…..lighter than wood?

      • voteforno6 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        @jrobitallie23:

        So Gonzalez was smart enough to send his father to the clinic to receive substances that are not on the banned list?

  7. bleedgreen - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Well there goes the Phillies and the Mets and the Astros World Series changes.

    • bleedgreen - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      CHANCES. EDIT FUNCTION.

    • stex52 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Yes, the worst has happened! Escalona is gone! Who the hell is he anyway?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        He was a prospect that Ruben Amaro traded.

  8. chiadam - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    12 down, 400 or so more to go.

  9. El Bravo - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    This is the largest influx of douchenozzles to the douchenozzle list in a single day that the list has ever seen.

    • chill1184 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Looking forward to seeing your updated list

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Bigger than election day?

      • itsyourceiling - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        You referring to commenters or players?

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Politicians, man. I’m always about ripping the man whenever I can.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I gotta’ hand it to you C.C….
    That photo is on point.

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      If by “point” you mean wang, and by “photo” you mean baseball……then yes, that photo is, most definitely, on point.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Lol! Yep…the baseball is definitely on wang.
        Hahaha! “Wang.” For some reason…I always giggle when someone uses the words “wang” or “weiner.”

  11. chiadam - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    If Rodriguez is being suspended under the Joint Drug rules, how do they arrive at 214 games? Does the CBA serve a purpose at all?

    • bravojawja - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      52 games left in the 2013 season + all 162 games in the 2014 season = 214

      Though I don’t think that’s the answer you’re looking for.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      You mean JDA – the CBA would allow them to go Pete Rose on his ass.

      We shall see what Bud says as to the justification

  12. taron2in1 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    @ scotttheskeptic. I agree. I get sick everytime he is on the mound.

  13. tackledummy1505 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    This is why I don’t watch baseball anymore. Rich guys trying to screw greedy rich ball players. The game is lost and really no one cares because of all the commercial greed and hype. Literally 1 sport left where players are still passionate for the game and the game alone and that’s hockey and possibly soccer at this point. The more money in play the worse the game gets. Cya baseball, basketball, and most likely football soon too. Tired of hearing all of the babysitting games they do each year. You don’t hear this crap in hockey do you?

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      That’s the same hockey where the season started 3 months late this year because of a labor dispute over contracts, right?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        The same sport that’s had like 3 labor disputes in the past 10 years, including missing two full years iirc.

  14. deathmonkey41 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    And once again, the Red Sox are shielded from a Bud Selig anti-steroid dog & pony show.

    • mornelithe - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      I wouldn’t worry there, honestly. If there were/are Red Sox players involved that the league is intentionally not prosecuting, you can bet your arse that names will be leaked eventually and this whole thing will start over again. In this day and age, you simply wouldn’t be able to keep such a secret. Way to easy to anonymously leak information.

  15. tackledummy1505 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    The funny thing is the Yankees were trying to unload A-Rod’s contract in the beginning of the year. You don’t think professional investigators are going to take notice in that and put 1 and 1 together, that baseball and the Yankees are in bed together to get rid of A-Rod and make an example of him on the way. So baseball will get there poster boy and the Yankees get away from that huge contract they decided to give A-Rod. I’m not in A-Rod’s corner cause I think what he did was wrong, but this has the smell of rich folk all over it.

  16. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    This list seems awfully Dominicany

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