Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal reported that Jhonny Peralta and 11 other players have accepted 50 game suspensions for their involvement with the Biogenesis scandal. These 12 players, along with Ryan Braun a few weeks ago, bring the total to 13 players who have received punishment for their involvement with Tony Bosch's Miami clinic.
The MLB has not yet released its official statement on the punishments doled out to the 12 players mentioned today, but it seems as if we have underestimated the evidence they have in this investigation. For this, there is ample reason to say that the suspensions levied to Peralta, Nelson Cruz, and others are fair punishment for their involvement in this scandal.
Major League Baseball has spent the better part of the last decade trying to distance itself from the steroid era that brought the game back to relevancy after the 1994 players strike. The blind eye that they turned to users of performance enhancing drugs in the late '90s and early 2000s has been replaced by one that is dedicated to cleaning up the game by any means necessary.
Some may still view the Biogenesis investigation as a "witch hunt" by the MLB to penalize anyone and everyone involved with the clinic, but the fact that some players -- Gio Gonzalez and Danny Valencia are two notable names -- were not suspended shows that this wasn't just a catch-all tactic. It appears that there is enough hard evidence to suspend the others, especially when you consider that all 12 players suspended today will not appeal the ruling.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered about this investigation and the evidence it uncovered. Did these players actually fail drug tests? What sort of evidence did the MLB uncover? How long have these players been involved with Biogenesis?
Hopefully some of these questions (and others) will be answered in the coming days and weeks, but for now we need to give credit where it's due: the Biogenesis suspensions are an appropriate nad necessary punishment for the players involved.