There are at least 90 baseball players -- including Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez -- whose names appear in the Biogenesis Clinic records, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
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Nightengale notes that the Major League Baseball Players Association has contacted all of the players and agents of players listed in the records. However, MLB hasn't yet interrogated any of the players connected to Biogenesis. This will likely begin happening in the next two weeks, but there are no firm deadlines for discussions set.
If the players refuse to talk to MLB officials, Nightengale notes that the league can suspend them, per the bylaws of the collective bargaining agreement. Players could be granted immunity, even iif they admit guilt to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In this case, the players would have to fully disclose their arrangement with Tony Bosch -- the clinic director -- including any involvement by their agents or knowledge of other players who received PEDs from him.
This could wind up being MLB's only way to get evidence out of players listed in the records, according to Nightengale. The league doesn't have the original Biogenesis records, as the Miami New Times declined to hand them over. Without this evidence or player testimony, Nightengale says MLB will be unable to discipline any major league player or agent.
However, MLB does hold power over players not on team's 40-man rosters, as it showed in the case of Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Caesar Carrillo. He received a 100-game ban after appearing in the Biogenesis records and speaking with the league. When MLB wasn't satisfied with his authenticity, they banned him 50 games for his connection to the clinic and another 50 games for being uncooperative, even without the backing of a failed test.