MLB Week in Review (July 20-26)

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The story will not go away and it does not seem to be slowing down as Biogenesis may be talked about for years to come. As was mentioned in previous posts the MLB has started to focus on another massive scandal in baseball. It started in the offseason when the Florida based Anti-Aging clinic, Biogenesis, went bankrupt and reports began to come out that they were providing PEDs while they were in business. In an attempt to discredit reports the MLB claimed that former owner Anthony Bosch was not to be trusted but then would use Bosch to launch their own investigation. The MLB was trying to show that they were ready to face another Mitchell Report head on, or prevent an outside source from shocking baseball once again. Before the All-Star break the MLB would announce that they had come close to finishing their investigation and were prepared to hand out suspensions. Of course these suspensions would come after the All-Star Game as they tried not to take focus from the game. The first casualty of the Biogenesis scandal would be a man who the MLB had been going after for more than a year. Ryan Braun would be suspended for the remainder of the season that would total 65 games for the Brewers, who are out of the postseason hunt. Braun first had his name mentioned alongside Steroids in 2011 when a failed drug test sent the National League MVP into the cheater column. Braun would be in line for a 50-game suspension but he would appeal the suspension before the 2012 season. An arbitration panel would decide that the suspension was not warranted as the sample had broken the chain of possession. When the drug test was finished the collector would leave the sample in his house overnight. There were no FedEx stores open nearby and so the collector would keep the sample and send it in the next day. The rules state that a sample needs to be sent immediately after being test and so Braun would not be suspended thanks to a technicality. It was a blow to baseball as they have been trying to clean up the game for years and had now been beaten in a suspension appeal for the first time ever. Braun seemed to become enemy #1 for the MLB as they would begin to look for more proof that could erase the black eye that the successful appeal had created. When the investigation into Biogenesis began Braun’s name was one of the first to be connected to the Florida clinic. After threatening to suspend Braun, and Alex Rodriguez, for 100 games for not cooperating with the MLB, the league would announce the suspension this week. It was not the 100 games that had been rumoured but instead less than half of the season. It gave rise to a theory that the MLB and Ryan Braun had come to an agreement that Braun would not argue the suspension and the MLB would reduce the games. Whatever did happen behind closed doors the fact is that Ryan Braun is the first in what has been rumoured to be a long list of players connected to Biogenesis. The question now is what and who will be next as Alex Rodriguez continues to be linked to the clinic. Rodriguez may be next but after that the list that may contain bigger names than Braun or Rodriguez could make the 2014 season an interesting one. There is no telling as to when the next suspension will be announced but the majority of them seem to be ready to be announced in the offseason and start in the 2014 season. It is yet another twist in the season long saga of Biogenesis as one player has fallen and many more seem to be lined up to take the hit next.

 

Extra Innings:
(Thoughts on the past week in the MLB)

The Pine Tar Game
30 years ago this week Kansas City Royal George Brett would have one of the most memorable blowups in MLB history after hitting a HR to tie the game against the Yankees before he was called out for excessive pine tar on his bat

A-Rod’s Soap Opera
Alex Rodriguez is getting closer to returning and so he begins to make more noise after arguing with the GM, being linked to Biogenesis, and now claiming that the Yankees are using minor injuries to hold him back while consulting with another doctor who has been linked to PEDs

Open for Business
The first big name would be gone before the trade deadline as the Chicago Cubs began their firesale by trading Matt Garza to the Rangers as the Cubs look to rebuild once again by loading up their minor leagues

Boston’s Man
Dustin Pedroia would have been the top free agent after in 2015 but that was before the Boston Red Sox made sure he will be there for the rest of his career locking him up to an 8-year $110 million contract extension

 

MLB Standings

American League

AL East:
1. Tampa Bay Rays (.592)
2. Boston Red Sox (.587)
3. Baltimore Orioles (.558)
4. New York Yankees (.524)
5. Toronto Blue Jays (.461)
AL Central:
1. Detroit Tigers (.559)
2. Cleveland Indians (.529)
3. Kansas City Royals (.490)
4. Minnesota Twins (.440)
5. Chicago White Sox (.400)
AL West:
1. Oakland Athletics (.583)
2. Texas Rangers (.544)
3. Seattle Mariners (.476)
4. Los Angeles Angels (.475)
5. Houston Astros (.333)

 

National League

NL East:
1. Atlanta Braves (.563)
2. Washington Nationals (.481)
3. Philadelphia Phillies (.476)
4. New York Mets (.460)
5. Miami Marlins (.386)
NL Central:
1. St. Louis Cardinals (.620)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (.594)
3. Cincinnati Reds (.567)
4. Chicago Cubs (.455)
5. Milwaukee Brewers (.412)
NL West:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (.529)
2. Arizona Diamondbacks (.524)
3. Colorado Rockies (.481)
4. San Francisco Giants (.451)
5. San Diego Padres (.442)

 

Scores:
New York Yankees 5 – 2 Boston Red Sox
– The Yankees are trying to climb back into the race for the AL East as they enter the last few months of the season and beating the Red Sox is a good start as they try to catch up to the best team in the division

Los Angeles Dodgers 14 – 5 Toronto Blue Jays
– The Dodgers couldn’t have asked for a better start to the post all-star break season as they would dominate the struggling Blue Jays and move on to a big winning streak that has seen them look like serious contenders

San Francisco Giants 5 – 3 Cincinnati Reds
– The Giants would take the win and split the double-header to give Bruce Bochy his 1,500th win as the manager but there is still a lot of work to do in the NL West while the Reds continue to struggle to keep up with the Cards and Pirates

Texas Rangers 3 – 1 New York Yankees
– Matt Garza would make his debut in for the Rangers and would prove that giving up prospects was not so bad as he would pitch 7.1 innings and strike out 5 against the Yankees while trying to continue their fight for the AL West

 

Next Week:
Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants (Saturday July 27th; 9:05 pm ET)
– The Cubs have already shown that they are sellers and the Giants are looking to take advantage of a team looking to next year as they still hope to be able to climb into the division race before it is too late

New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Tuesday July 30th; 10:10 pm ET)
– The battle of the payrolls has become a different fight for both teams as the Yankees are just trying to stay in the fight while the Dodgers are trying to continue their strong second half of the season to win their division

Washington Nationals vs. Detroit Tigers (Wednesday July 31st; 1:08 pm ET)
– The Nationals were preseason favorites this year and now they are losing ground fast in the division race as they will try to turn things around but it won’t be easy against a very good Detroit Tigers team

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies (Friday August 2nd; 7:05 pm ET)
– The Braves seem to be in control of the division but the Phillies are coming on strong at just the right time and are trying to push the Braves as much as they can and getting a win would help to get back into the fight

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