And no, I am not talking about love here. No, this particular gift is the Biogenesis scandal. Thought we were finished talking about this, right? I had been hoping so, but alas, life does not work that way. Isn’t it almost poetic that Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch was arrested today, one year to the day after my man Alex Rodriguez was suspended? I know right? It’s nuts.
You all know by now that I love me some A-Rod and yes, I do miss watching him on the field this year. You also know by now that I am not a fan of how MLB handled the investigation, but you can’t argue with the results: MLB’s crackdown has worked thus far, with only one player getting a PED suspension so far this year. However, with the arrest of Bosch, more names could be getting dropped. In fact, every sports writer on Twitter seems to think that this whole mess will turn up more names of players who used Bosch’s, erm, services.
As we have seen over the course of this year, many of the players who had been suspended because of Biogenesis have been largely forgiven. Nelson Cruz was fan-voted into the All-Star game. Ryan Braun has largely been forgiven by all, especially by Brewers fans. Jhonny Peralta got a massive contract in the off-season. As you can see, a suspension may not be the end of the world anymore, but it isn’t what baseball wants or needs. The game needs to be played cleanly, no ifs, ands, or buts. How do we fix the PED problem? How big is the problem? We don’t know. We simply don’t know the scope of the problem, but I can guarantee you that if more names are dropped, we will have a better idea. How MLB will act during Bosch’s arrest and sentencing will be key. I am a little nervous, a little weary, but the show must go on, right?
All we can do now is wait and see what happens.