The black eye that baseball has received from the 'Steroid Era' will not soon go away, especially if they keep getting punched in the face.
The Miami New Times broke a story today that will go down as the next chapter in a long novel about performance-enhancing drug use in Major League Baseball. It's still a hot topic, of course, because not a single player was voted into the league's Hall of Fame in this year's vote because of the suspected use of PEDs by the most qualified nominees.
The New Times reports that a Miami Clinic, which fronted as an "anti-aging" clinic, was really a hub for sales of anabloic steroids, human growth hormone and testosterone.
Linked to this clinic, Biogenesis, are several big names around baseball. At the top of the list is New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who claimed that he hadn't used PEDs since he used them to recover from an injury over a decade ago.
Also linked to the clinic via a batch of records released by a former employee of Biogenesis are Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Major League Baseball released a statement about the Miami New Times' report this morning:
"We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances. These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida. It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program."
The full statement can be read here.
C.J. Burns is a lead contributor for Buzz on Broad. Follow him on Twitter @CJBurns215