With Major League Baseball suspending Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season, it appears very likely that the dominos will begin to fall and other players will be receiving bad news.
Braun — along with several other prominent players such as the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Oakland Athletics’ Bartolo Colon — allegedly paid for and received performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, a clinic in Florida that provided PEDs to players.
Braun is the first player associated with the Biogenesis scandal to be punished, but MLB is reportedly seeking lengthy suspensions for anyone who was involved.
But things get tricky for those who have already been suspended in the past for their use of PEDs, like Colon.
After a mediocre season with the Yankees in 2011, Colon was all but done, until Billy Beane decided to take a risk and sign him to a one-year deal for the 2012 season. Colon performed alright — 10-9, 3.43 ERA — but it was revealed during the season that he had used performance-enhancing drugs and he was suspended 50 games, sitting out the remainder of the year.
So now that his suspension has been served, and he’s pitching lights-out once again, could he be sitting out the rest of the season for the second year in a row?
A’s manager Bob Melvin believes the answer is “no,” according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
And apparently so does the public. In a poll that we conducted earlier this month, 77 percent of voters agreed that Colon should not have to serve a second suspension.
So now we ask the question again: