It's been one year since the Biogenesis scandal broke. One year since we were told that 90 MLB players have been named on a list provided by Tony Bosch, the former director at the South Florida anti-aging clinic. Jhonny Peralta, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Melky Cabrera, Ryan Braun, and Alex Rodriguez. There were others, of course. Players who weren't suspended and names that weren't released to the public.
The long and tortuous arbitration hearings of ARod that took all winter a constant reminder of all the things that are wrong with baseball. All the ways that Bud Selig failed to do his job as Commissioner. All the ways that he allowed the steroid problem to run rampant with players like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. He sat back and did nothing when steroids put butts in the seats. The home run race was good for business. It wasn't until he had his retirement to consider that he started making examples of players. A 162 game suspension is unheard of for a first time offender, without a positive drug test... unless that player is ARod, and Selig is retiring.
One whole year....
and still we're no where near over this.
In case you didn't know, Bosch has been arrested, along with nine others. According to USA Today he was charged with "distributing illegal drugs to professional and high school athletes." Yes, you read that correctly, high school students. It's bad enough this guy is distributing drugs to professional athletes. Adults, even if they made terrible choices. But to distribute to children? And this is the guy that the MLB protecting? These are kids between 15 and 17 years old. How is no one else outraged by this? Isn't this some sort of child abuse?
Now, with the DEA involved, it's not clear how much the MLB investigation will matter. There are probably more than a few players afraid that their names will be released, but the DEA probably doesn't care as much about the user as they do the supplier. It's like a Hydra. You can't just cut off the heads, because new ones will grow in it's place. You must burn the source of the regrowth. In other words, why go after Jesse, when we can take down Heisenberg?
I need the MLB to understand how stupid they look protecting Bosch. To say that they would testify for him is ridiculous! I understand that he cooperated, and that is good, I guess. But you are putting the reputation of the league on the line, order to come to the defense of a man that distributed drugs to minors? It really reflects poorly on the MLB. Though, I suppose a league run by Selig cannot possibly stoop any lower. That is NOT a challenge, Selig! Please don't get any lower.
I know I sound angry, and bitter. I am! Very! Look, I love the sport. Baseball will always be part of me. But the handling of this entire Biogenesis ordeal makes them seem like such a joke. It's been an entire year, and nothing has been achieved, or changed. Bosch deserves to be punished, along with anyone who aided in supplying steroids to high school children. It's despicable! Selig needs to own up responsibility for the role he played in the deterioration of baseball. The play at innocence and subsequent hero doesn't cut it for me. The use of illegal substances in sports has to end. This game deserves some integrity. Let's start working towards that.
I'm sure this has just begun. Stay tuned.
--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer
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