In case you have been living under a rock, Bud Selig and MLB have suspended 12 players, handing each one a 50-game ban. The 12 players come from three countries: eight from the Dominican Republic, three from Venezuela and one from Nicaragua.
So, all 12 players come from a Caribbean or Latin American country. In total, 14 players have been ensnared in the Biogenesis scandal. The other two are seemingly the kingpins. Alex Rodriguez, who is currently appealing his 211-game ban, was born in New York, but the slugger also spent time in the Dominican and in Miami.
Ryan Braun, the kid from Mission Hills (outside Los Angeles) would seem to be the one outlier. Perhaps the link for the Milwaukee Brewers star, who is currently in the midst of a 65-game ban, goes back to his collegiate days. Braun starred at the University of Miami, which is about 15 minutes from the Coral Gables anti-aging clinic.
It seems odd, though, that essentially all the players busted for using performance-enhancing drugs are from outside the country. Either players from the United States don’t use performance enhancers, or MLB didn’t quite catch everybody.
One theory about the preponderance of Caribbean and Latin American players on the Biogenesis list came from Guillermo Quiroz. The backup catcher for the San Francisco Giants told Jorge L. Ortiz of USA TODAY Sports: “If you have an agent who tells you, ‘This is going to help you give your family a better life…,’ a lot of guys are going to do it, even without knowing what they’re doing.”
Quiroz, who’s from Maracaibo, Venezuela and who has never been linked to any performance enhancers himself, is certainly onto something. The opportunity provided by an enhanced performance could prove a compelling gamble.
Still, something about the Biogenesis list just doesn’t seem to add up.