Predictably, a few more names have been leaked out of the Miami clinic, Biogenesis. This time, Yahoo Sports published three more names with Ryan Braun being the headliner. Named alongside the 2011 MVP are Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia. There were always going to be more names. More will follow. The black cloud of the latest performance enhancing drugs scandal will try to envelope the sport as it looks towards the start of spring training and the World Baseball Classic.
But, like all of the previous scandals, Major League Baseball will overcome. History shows that Baseball has survived every type of scandal thrown its way whether it was gambling, cheating, drugs, and now PEDs. There is no death of baseball knell sounding, even as this latest one is bleeding far slower than when the Mitchell Report came out or that original list was leaked out.
There is, however, a positive with yet another list of names to ponder. With each new scandal, Major League Baseball and the Players Association will inch closer to a more appropriate punishment. As much as it seems like the leaking of names has been slow, the two sides have been slower in reacting. To be fair, fans and media were complicit with MLB and the Players Association. Everyone involved all turned away and pushed back the feelings of what the eyes saw because what we saw was spectacular. But, the price of that is now being paid.
“Blood will have blood they say.”