In the aftermath of Major League Baseball's favorite freelance drug dealer surrendering to the DEA, ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn has revealed that even though we thought Baseball was done with Alex Rodriguez and the rest of the Biogenesis troupe, there is more bad news coming:
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 5, 2014
Speculation would be irresponsible, but it seems that the supply of ballplayers who believe that there are mad scientists skulking about the grimy back alleys of Florida with test tubes full of secret formulae that will take Brendan Ryan-ish bats and make them into, well, Alex Rodriguez is deep, wide, and never-ending. As Sir Joshua Reynolds famously said, "There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking." Similarly, there is no superstition to which a player will not resort to tap into the great riches stardom in baseball can confer even when they already possess those riches. In other words, it's just a matter of ego, hubris, and stupidity.
Or to put it another way, get ready for another month or more of wondering when all of this will play out and which of your favorite players will be Braun'd, Melky'd, or Nelson'd out of their reputation and roster spot for 50 or more games. The focus will be off the races, off the teams, and on the guessing game of who gets outed next. Gee, thanks, "Dr." Bosch.
As Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN have reported, "biochemist" Anthony Bosch will plead guilty to "conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids" over a roughly four-year period. Whatever assistance and legal defense Major League Baseball promised Bosch in return for his cooperation with the investigation of Bosch's Biogenesis "clinic," it did not come with a get-out-of-jail-free card, not that it ever could have. The best Baseball can now do is to file a brief with the sentencing authority and say, "Be nice to him; he was nice to us."
Apparently, though, "Nice to us" was not a thoroughgoing nice, because either (a) Bosch held back some names or (b) Major League Baseball was sitting on them. The latter seems unlikely given how vehemently they pursued Rodriguez and the rest. As Harlan Ellison once said, "Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice and I'm a pervert." Major League Baseball is a pervert. Stay tuned for further updates.