Ever since the news of MLB and Biogenesis broke several months ago, the Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has had to deal with the fact that his name was in with the others when they discussed this supposed Florida clinic. Whatever the reason that Gonzalez’s name came up, it was not because he was using PEDs and MLB officially cleared him Monday of any wrong-doing. Gonzalez was relieved but this also is a little bit of a bad thing for those suspended.
The fact that so many MLB players were fed up with PED use meant that the officials very well might have gotten away with doing a little bit of headhunting during the scandal. That was the thought that I kept having when seeing Gonzalez’s name involved. Lucky for Gonzalez they cleared his name completely and he no longer has to deal with accusations from those who really think.
On the flip side, the evidence that MLB wasn’t simply pointing at names but rather seriously investigating this matter means that those who were tapped for a 50 game suspension likely had it coming. Depending on how old the players are or what kind of situation they found themselves in, it might not have completely ruined everything. Gonzalez likely worried about such things but now he can breathe easily knowing that MLB was doing a good and thorough job of investigating, not just pointing at names on a list. Now he can worry about more baseball type things like how his team is down nearly 14 games to the Atlanta Braves.