MLB Announces Doping Suspensions and Penalties

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Suspensions handed out

UNDATED (AP) -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) has spoken and 13 players, including Alex Rodriguez, have been suspended for violating the drug program agreed to by baseball and the union.

This is the most sweeping punishment in baseball since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago when members of the White Sox were charged with fixing the World Series.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star, received the harshest penalty, suspension for the rest of this season and all of next. In a statement Selig said Rodriguez had used testosterone as well as human growth hormones. In a statement the commissioner says Rodriguez also engaged in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner in its investigation.

Rodriguez is expected to file an appeal by Wednesday.

Suspensions for the other players came earlier in the day and the list, as expected, included All-Stars Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, Everth Cabrera of San Diego, and Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers. Overall 12 players were given 50 game suspensions and all 12 agreed to accept the suspension and not file an appeal. Through the Tigers Peralta issued a statement saying, "spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret."

The remaining players suspended, who are not appealing, are: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez; Philadelphia pitcher Antonio Bastardo; Seattle catcher Jesus Montero; New York Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin and outfielder Cesar Puello; Houston pitcher Sergio Escalona; San Diego pitcher Fautino De Los Santos; and free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto.

Some of the players will be free agents at the end of the current season and by accepting their suspension they will be eligible to test free agency in the off season.

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