Not Only is MLB trying to stay out in front of this, the following intereview of the Union head is interesting. As was dripped previoulsy the Union also is cooperating and wants to posistion themselves as cooperating. The last sentence says a lot.
For what its is worth, I'm not interested in any player being wrongly accused including Braun, and as naive as it sounds I do not like players using PEDS, Drugs or whatever else they do illegaly. As a 24 yr old who coached 11-12 Yr old Little leaguers, I caught one of them smoking pot after practice by the practice field. I told his parents (mids 30's) and they said to me "you are too young to know anything and our son would not do that". I followed that kid through HS and by 19 he was a raging druggie. So I have no affinty for athletes who use drugs or PEDs and whenever I have dealt with young athletes I preach no drugs of any kind.
In terms of Fantasy, this story, the allegations, the players named, it could have a huge impact on all of us who play this game should any of this prove true. All I've done is post the latest goings on for others to do with the information what they choose to do.
From Milwaukee SentinelUnion expects MLB to be 'professional' in investigation of Ryan Braun, others
Phoenix - Players association executive director Michael Weiner said Friday he expects Major League Baseball to be "professional" in its investigation of Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun and all players connected to the controversial Biogenesis clinic.
News broke earlier in the day that MLB had filed suit against Biogenesis and several individuals associated with the Miami-area clinic for allegedly supplying illegal performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players. Players proven to have used PEDs are subject to suspension.
Whether the lawsuit is successful remains to be seen, but it is being viewed as another attempt by MLB to get cooperation in its investigation of the clinic. MLB does not have subpoena power and otherwise would need documentary evidence or witness testimony to suspend a player for using PEDs.
The Miami New Times, which originally broke the Biogenesis story, declined to turn over documents to MLB. If the suit goes forward, however, MLB would be able to subpoena records from the now-closed clinic.
"MLB informed us in advance that they were filing that lawsuit," said Weiner, who conducted his annual union meeting with Brewers players at Maryvale Baseball Park. "They believe it necessary to enforce their contract with us, the Joint Drug Agreement. The allegations are those individuals (associated with Biogenesis) interfered with that contract and we'll see where the lawsuit goes."
Weiner said he has had conversations with all players whose names surfaced in connection with Biogenesis and operator Tony Bosch, including Braun. The MLB names Bosch and five others connected to the clinic in its lawsuit.
"I caught up with Ryan in terms of what's occurred, statuses, but that was about it," said Weiner. "He had an 8 o'clock meeting with (team) staff and we just had a chance to say hello and catch up a little bit."
Earlier in the week, USA Today reported that MLB had specifically targeted Braun, who successfully appealed a positive drug test for testosterone in the winter of 2011-'12. The story said Braun was "MLB Public Enemy No. 1" and was determined to prosecute him.
In a response to the Journal Sentinel, MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred said all players connected to Biogenesis were being pursued with "equal vigor."
"MLB is disappointed that they lost the Ryan Braun case," said Weiner. "But they're professionals. They understand they lost the Ryan Braun case. We've lost cases that we fought and were disappointed, and players ended up sitting out for 50 games.
"I expect MLB is going to be professional with respect to all of the players whose names have surfaced in connection with the Biogenesis thing. Ryan is included.
"You hear all kinds of things. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't heard (MLB is out to get Braun). But what I'm going to say is I expect MLB to be professional, whether it's Ryan or any other player. To the extent they have any animus against Ryan because of the disappointment in the result of the arbitration case, I expect them to be professional."
Weiner said players would be able to appeal any sanctions MLB places on players because of "non-analytical positives" (something other than a positive drug test).
"MLB has to prove this conduct occurred, that a player used a banned substance or somehow otherwise violated the program," said Weiner. "It would be no different than if MLB wanted to discipline a player because he was involved in some other illegal or improper activity."
Weiner said he expects MLB to interview all players mentioned in connection with Biogenesis, including Braun.
"I expect those conversations are going to take place soon, either before or shortly after the season begins," said Weiner. "I remain hopeful that we're going to work together with MLB to get to the bottom of whatever, if anything, comes out of the Miami story. At this point, it's just a story.
"But if there's anything there that's in violation of the program, it's our job and responsibility to deal with it. And I hope that's the way we handle it."
Wiener added, "The players have, at this point, very little patience for players who intentionally violate the program."
By MANNY NAVARROmnavarro@MiamiHerald.com
Hoping to build cases and eventually suspend players who might have been supplied performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball filed a lawsuit in state court against six employees and associates of Biogenesis and Biokem, alleging the South Florida-based anti-aging clinics helped damage the sport.
The lawsuit was filed in the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County on Friday and is an attempt to solve the longstanding problem baseball has had trying to discipline players who have been linked to PEDs but have not tested positive for banned substances.
“We believe we have a legitimate legal claim against the defendants,” MLB vice president Rob Manfred told USA Today, “and we intend to pursue it vigorously.”
Among those charged in the complaint: Anthony Bosch, program director of Biogenesis and Biokem; Juan Carlos Nunez, a former employee of agents Sam and Seth Levinson of ACES; Carlos Acevedo and Ricardo Martinez, two senior officers at the clinics; self-acclaimed chemist Paulo Da Silveira; and former University of Miami pitcher Marcelo Albir, who played at the school from 2004 to ’06.
“Due to the defendants’ actions, MLB has suffered damages, including the costs of investigation, loss of goodwill, loss of revenue and profits and injury to its reputation, image, strategic advantage and fan relationships,” according to the complaint.
While the suit says MLB seeks to recoup about $15,000 from those named, the league is hoping that the lawsuit forces those connected to the Biogenesis and Biokem clinics to fully cooperate with its investigators, perhaps leading to widespread suspensions. Citing a baseball official with direct knowledge of the investigation, USA Today reported there are at least 90 players whose names appear in the Biogenesis clinical records.
Former Hurricanes pitcher Cesar Carrillo, now in the minors with the Tigers, is the only player who has been disciplined for his connections to Biogenesis. He received a 100-game suspension last week after speaking to baseball investigators.
USA Today reported that the Major League Players Association has contacted all the players or the agents of players whose names surfaced in the records, but no major-league player has been interrogated by MLB officials yet.
The Miami New Times, which originally reported the relationship between Biogenesis and the athletes, announced last week that it would not turn its documents over to MLB officials. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun of the Brewers and Melky Cabrera of the Blue Jays are among the biggest names linked to the clinic.