5 things to know about the MLB drug suspensions

Five things to know about the 13 suspensions issued by Major
League Baseball on Monday in the Biogenesis drug case:

YER OUT! Four All-Stars were penalized – Alex Rodriguez, Nelson
Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera – and that could affect the
pennant races. If their teams make the playoffs, those clubs will
decide whether to welcome them back for the postseason. Last
October, the eventual champion San Francisco Giants blocked Melky
Cabrera after his ban ended.

IS THIS THE LAST PED-DAY? Doubtful. Barry Bonds and Roger
Clemens wound up in federal court, Mark McGwire cost himself a
chance at the Hall of Fame, Rafael Palmeiro became an outcast
because of the steroids cloud, and yet more major leaguers tried to
cheat with performance-enhancing drugs. ”I think we can all agree
that the penalties aren’t harsh enough,” Atlanta second baseman
Dan Uggla said. ”If we want to get this game cleaned up the way
it’s supposed to be, if you get caught one time it’s just you’re
done. I think that’s the only way it’ll ever get completely
clean,” he said.

THE RECORDS COUNT: All stats compiled by the penalized players
stand. This isn’t the Olympics, where failed doping tests can cost
athletes their medals. That kind of bugs some guys, too. Washington
reliever Tyler Clippard still thinks about a home run he gave up
last year to Jordany Valdespin, one of the suspended 13. ”You’re
like, those guys are doing stuff that’s affecting my career and
they’re not playing the game the right way,” he said. ”It leaves
a sour taste in your mouth.”

IT AIN’T OVER: A scandal that hovered over baseball all season
could linger into winter. Suspended through 2014, Rodriguez is set
to appeal and can play until an arbitrator rules. That isn’t likely
until November or December. The other dozen penalized players made
an agreement they wouldn’t contest their 50-game bans.

FOR THE FUTURE: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera admitted he
took a banned substance last year, then broke down while
apologizing to teammates, the organization and fans. From
Nicaragua, he spoke in Spanish and delivered a warning to fellow
Latin Americans. ”To all the players who leave so much behind in
their countries, who come to this country and you’re ignorant about
a lot of things, be careful with who you associate with, people who
surround you that may be only interested in financial gains, who
may not be interested in your personal well-being,” he said
through an interpreter.