Timeline: The Alex Rodriguez saga
The Biogenesis scandal has loomed over baseball all year long, and even though suspensions were handed down on Aug. 5, there is no end in sight to the saga of one particular player: Alex Rodriguez. He had hip surgery last offseason and was not expected to rejoin the Yankees until after the All-Star break but even though he missed the first four months of the season he was never far from the spotlight. Below is the timeline of key events in the story and how it was covered by SI.com.
January 29, 2013
The Miami New Times releases a story alleging that several major league players, including Alex Rodriguez, have connections to a Miami-area anti-aging clinic run by a man named Anthony Bosch.
Less than a week later, another bombshell rocked baseball when Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was also linked to Biogenesis. Braun had won the 2011 NL MVP award but failed a drug test during that year's postseason. He was given a 50-game suspension but had it overturned by an arbitrator when he challenged how the testing sample was handled.
Shortly after the All-Star break, Braun became the first player to be suspended for his connection to Biogenesis. He was banned for 65 games -- the remainder of the 2013 regular season -- and will be eligible to play again at the start of the 2014 season.
With Braun banned, the focus of attention shifted to Rodriguez and the other players named in the scandal.
Rodriguez is suspended for 211 games by Major League Baseball, the longest non-lifetime ban in the history of the sport. He is accused of not only using performance-enhancing drugs but also obstructing MLB in its investigation. Twelve other players, including All-Stars Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers and Everth Cabrera of the Padres, are also given lenghty suspensions.
Each of those 12 men accept their bans and will miss the remainder of the 2013 regular season. A-Rod chooses to appeal and that night, he comes off the disabled list to play his first game of the year for the Yankees, against the White Sox in Chicago.