Cycling Sports

Baseball, Cycling and Doping

So it turns out that professional cyclists aren’t the only ones using PEDs:

Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks, “Outside the Lines” has learned. If the suspensions are upheld, the performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.

Tony Bosch, founder of the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America, reached an agreement this week to cooperate with MLB’s investigation, two sources told “Outside the Lines,” giving MLB the ammunition officials believe they need to suspend the players.

One source familiar with the case said the commissioner’s office might seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and other players, the penalty for a second doping offense. The argument, the source said, is the players’ connection to Bosch constitutes one offense, and previous statements to MLB officials denying any such connection or the use of PEDs constitute another.

As I was writing on Twitter yesterday, I wonder if A-Rod will be publicly disgraced, ridiculed and financially devastated like Lance Armstrong. Of course not. And certainly the general public won’t pile onto baseball like they did with cycling.

Fact: there’s rampant doping in all professional sports. To single out cycling is unfair and nearsighted.