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MLB Went To Dominican Republic Investigating Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants is suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s PED policies.

Baseball’s investigators went to great lengths investigating Cabrera, according to ESPN.com:

Investigators from Major League Baseball, hot on the trail for a product Melky Cabrera led them to believe caused him to inadvertently fail a drug test, traveled to the Dominican Republic, acquired a jar of it and sent the substance to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s testing labs in Utah before discovering weeks later it was only part of an elaborate cover-up, the New York Daily News has reported.

The article goes on to describe how intricate that cover-up scheme was, involving the purchase of three websites to try to convince investigators that Cabrera hadn’t violated the policy intentionally, and how it was uncovered. But if you think this might result in further penalties for Cabrera beyond his current suspension, think again:

A second baseball official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said additional discipline against Cabrera was unlikely.

It’s the first such case MLB has had and officials hope that uncovering the scheme will discourage similar attempts.

Perhaps that’ll be enough. But you never know, given the steps players have already been shown to take to try to get an edge.