A large number of players might find themselves sitting out a large part of this season due to the Biogenesis scandal. MLB is seeking to suspend about 20 players connected to the controversial clinic, including stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun. Some players may face suspensions of 100 games, which would essentially prevent them from playing the rest of this regular season. MLB has proven it's serious about cracking down on PEDs, but would this action prove to be a turning point?
A new era?
Individual suspensions haven't seemed to completely solve the PED issue in baseball, but a massive action like this one might be more effective in the long run.
Even a 50-game suspension for PED use can derail the most promising seasons, as Melky Cabrera found out last year.
MLB is looking to enact harsher punishments on certain players (including Braun and Rodriguez) by counting their connection to the clinic and previous denials as two separate offenses.
Ryan Braun has beaten a suspension before, and isn't backing down from his previous denials of using performance-enhancing drugs.
A problem with PEDs?
Baseball's emphasis on numbers has made some fans leery of the effect of PEDs on the sanctity of records, but baseball's popularity skyrocketed during its most juiced-up era.
MLB's case hinges on Tony Bosch, the former director of the Biogenesis clinic. If he fails as a witness, the league could have egg on its face.