After a 2-for-3 performance that included a two-run homer, Melky Cabrera was named MVP of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. The center fielder, then plying his trade for the San Francisco Giants, brought his mother onto the field at Kauffman Stadium after the National League's 8-0 romp over the American League when he received his trophy. It was a heartwarming moment at one MLB's jewel events.
A month later, Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs.
If Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon or any other player previously linked to the suspected PED peddlers at Biogenesis were to steal the show in the All-Star Game at Citi Field next week, then MLB could find itself suspending the MVP of the Midsummer Classic for the second year in a row. According to a report by ESPN's "Outside The Lines," Commissioner Bud Selig is likely to suspend approximately 20 players tied to the disreputable anti-aging clinic in Miami following the All-Star break. Citing several unnamed sources, T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN reported that Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are among those players like to be hit with suspensions over connections to Biogenesis. Braun, who successfully appealed a PED suspension following the 2011 season, refused to answer questions about Biogenesis when he spoke with MLB investigators, according to the ESPN report.
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Cabrera was also among the players linked to the clinic run by Tony Bosch in documents first obtained by the Miami New Times earlier this year. A season removed from his All-Star Game MVP Award, Cabrera is playing for Toronto. He will not be representing the American League in Queens.
Even without Cabrera, Braun and A-Rod, the 2013 All-Star Game will not be free of connections to Biogenesis. Among the players voted into the game by fans, players and managers, at least four have reportedly had dealings with Bosch's shuttered clinic: Texas' Nelson Cruz, Oakland's Bartolo Colon, San Diego's Everth Cabrera and Detroit's Jhonny Peralta. Even AL captain Robinson Cano has a link, albeit a more tenuous one, to the clinic. The name of the spokeswoman for Cano's foundation reportedly appeared in Biogenesis documents, earning him some scrutiny from MLB.