Tip-Off for 6/5/13 (featuring Dr. Mae Jemison): The Biogenesis doping scandal could cripple baseball

(Benny Sieu/USA Today)

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun is not out of the woods yet.

Baseball could be looking its own mortality in the face.

The latest doping scandal involving the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic has a potential ripple effect which could bring the game to its knees. Major League Baseball is ready to suspend 20+ players in the upcoming weeks, including Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Five years ago, Major League Baseball blackballed Barry Bonds from the game for his alleged involvement in the BALCO scandal. The game’s greatest player entered 2008 as a free agent. For some reason, no one needed a player who hit 28 home runs and drove in 66 RBIs in 340 at bats the previous season.

Alex Rodriguez won’t have that problem. The potential heir to Bonds’ all-time home run crown will more than likely be suspended once he’s available to the New York Yankees this season. Rodriguez was on the list of 20+players named by Anthony Bosch — who runs Biogenesis. The other big name dropped by Bosch was 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun failed a steroids test in 2011. He escaped suspension in February by successfully disputing the testing process.

Bosch has agreed to drop the names of all players he has serviced and admit providing banned substances to players — including advising them how to avoid detection. The short list now stands at 20, but more names are sure to be dropped. Some players could be facing suspensions up to 100 games.

 

The Lineup:

Brian Shaw is at the top of the Clippers list (Mike and McGoutry).

Toronto may drop the Raptors nickname (Hoops World).

Pele surprised by the lack of Freddie Adu’s success (Goal).

14-year old Saudi Arabian girl has MERS virus (CNN).

Former NFL Players Daily Huddle (Paper li).

Portland Trail Blazers looking to trade the No.10 pick (Dime Magazine).

The Baltimore Ravens visit the White House today (Baltimore Ravens).

FLOTUS confronts a heckler at a fundraiser (CBS).

No vote of confidence for Lions’ HC Jim Schwartz (Red Zone).

DeMarcus Cousins gets Olympic mini-camp invite (Hoops World).

 

On this day in 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison become the first African-American female astronaut.

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