Last night it was reported that Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend at least 20 players who have been connected to Miami clinic Biogenesis, which is believed to have provided the players with performance-enhancing drugs. MLBPA president Michael Weiner issued the following statement today:
"The Players Association has been in regular contact with the Commissioner's Office regarding the Biogenesis investigation. They are in the process of interviewing players, and every player has been or will be represented by an attorney from the Players Association. The Commissioner's Office has assured us that no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed. It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations.
"The Players Association has every interest in both defending the rights of players and in defending the integrity of our joint program. We trust that the Commissioner's Office shares these interests."
Among the notable names are Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Jhonny Peralta, Bartolo Colon and MLB stolen base leader Everth Cabrera. Gio Gonzalez, who had been connected to Biogenesis, is reportedly not in danger of being suspended because the drugs he obtained were legal.