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Biogenesis Scandal’s Implications in Oakland

June 4, 2013

There was a time when two Oakland A’s were connected to the Biogenesis scandal but now given the release of Jordan Norberto, that list is just one man long: Bartolo Colon. Today’s report on ESPN.com suggests that perhaps Colon is facing some serious trouble not limited to a 100-game suspension. Speaking in relation to Colon they said,

“Tony Bosch resurfaced last summer after several players, all with connections to the Miami area, tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone: Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal, who all received 50-game suspensions. When an ESPN reporter asked MLB officials about information that all three might have been connected to Tony Bosch, MLB launched an investigation, sending several members of its Department of Investigations to South Florida, where they have repeatedly visited former Biogenesis employees and Bosch associates, even paying at least one $5,000 for information.”

There are current rumors that with respect to two players, Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez that MLB might challenge them with 100 game suspensions saying that their connection to Bosch constitutes the first offense, whereas their prior statements to MLB officials denying their connection with Bosch and Biogenesis or the use of performance enhancing drugs constitute the second offense. What does this mean for Colon? Could this be a second and third offense meaning a lifetime ban from baseball?

I doubt that this would be how it ends for Colon. But, the fact is that Colon’s actions deserted the A’s last year as they made a playoff push as the A’s sit today in position to be one of the two wild card teams in the American League, and he could very well be out for the remainder of 2013 now. For all the criticizing I do of Colon and for as uninspiring as I often find his outing, he has been good posting a 3.33 ERA inline with a 3.34 FIP backed by 5.4 K/9, an impressive 0.5 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9 in 70 1/3 innings. Of his eleven starts, eight have been quality starts with two complete game shutouts, and while it isn’t the tidiest of statistics generally speaking a quality start puts you in a strong position to win. The other question regarding Colon is whether this constitutes some sort of double jeopardy. It seems his association with Biogenesis is what led to last year’s suspension but now in this ESPN story they do say Colon is one of the players who could face discipline. If that is the case, this is a huge hit to the A’s playoff hopes even if the Rangers lose Nelson Cruz also attached to the case.

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