The long-awaited suspension is here: Ryan Braun has been suspended for 65 games by MLB for his involvement with PEDs. After allegedly failing a drug test after the 2011 season and weaseling his way out of it, Braun has been nabbed and it’s a great day for anyone who hates cheaters.
While players like Manny Ramirez and Bartolo Colon have tested positive in the past, MLB has never had to deal with so many illegal drug users in such a short period of time. For instance, Alex Rodriguez is reportedly working on a deal with the league right now because the New York Yankees‘ slugger also has ties to the same Biogenesis clinic that landed Braun on baseball’s naughty list.
However, how long will it be until the alleged 15 players finally get suspended? It will be interesting to see if Braun’s departure creates a rash of suspensions or if the other cheaters won’t be exposed until as late as this winter.
As of now, the Milwaukee Brewers are the only team who is losing a superstar due to suspension, but just wait because the barrage is going to come sooner or later and a few teams are going to be left rather depleted. A team like the Washington Nationals could be in a heap of trouble if indeed Gio Gonzalez gets suspended like the rumors say — Gonzalez is a two-time All-Star who won 21 games in 2012 and is currently 7-3 with a 2.89 ERA.
Hunker down, MLB fans.