As Major League Baseball handed down their 211-game suspension to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for his link to the Biogenisis clinic in Miami, they’ve already handed out 12 suspensions to other players as well.
Players like Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres have been linked to the clinic the entire time and were notified this morning of their suspension.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Cabrera has accepted his 50-game suspension MLB has handed to him.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2013
This is good news for the Dodgers as Cabrera has been a thorn in their side this season. Overall this season Cabrera is hitting .283 with four home runs, 31 RBI and 37 stolen bases.
However, against the Dodgers, he’s hitting a .417 average and six stolen bases as the Dodgers and Padres meet six more times this season.
The Dodgers are on some kind of role and the last thing they need to happen to them is to run into a team like the Padres who can play spoiler at the end of the season.
Regardless how you want to look at, the suspension is not only great for the Dodgers, but it’s also great for the sport of baseball as it’s now moving closer and closer to being a clean sport once again. Yes PEDs will always be around, but as the severity of the punishments increase, the sport will become cleaner.
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