The 2013 baseball season could be unlike any other in history, with an unprecedented wave of suspensions possible by the All-Star break in the mushrooming Biogenesis scandal.
Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player who beat the rap after one positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, and Alex Rodriguez are the most prominent of 20-plus players who could face season-ending suspensions if commissioner Bud Selig and his enforcers get their way.
They appear to have already managed one feat few thought they could, flipping Tony Bosch, the central figure at the Miami anti-aging clinic tied to PED use by major leaguers.
ESPN's "Outside the Lines'' is reporting Bosch has been persuaded to cooperate with Major League Baseball's investigation, corroborating a series of records MLB has had for about a month. ESPN also is reporting MLB will seek unprecedented 100-game suspensions for the players, claiming that first and second offenses were committed when players obtained banned substances from the clinic and subsequently lied to MLB investigators about their involvement.
Players tied to the Biogenesis scandal include the following:
* Braun, who at 29 is at the height of his career and owed about $133 million from the Milwaukee Brewers through 2020.
* Rodriguez, 37, who has been sidelined all season after hip surgery and previously acknowledged a positive test in 2003, when testing was supposed to be anonymous. He has 647 career home runs, 2,901 hits and is owed about $105 million from the New York Yankees through 2017. The team might try to void his contract if he is suspended.