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.