New York, NY (NNCNOW.com) --- Major League Baseball (MLB) has connected nearly 20 players, including Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and New York's Alex Rodriguez, to a performance-enhancing drug (PED) scandal and will seek suspensions, it was reported on Tuesday by ESPN's "Outside the Lines."
The report says that Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis of America, has decided to cooperate with MLB officials and has information necessary to suspend the players for violation of the league's PED policy.
Braun was involved in a drug scandal this past winter and was suspended for 50 games for violation of the league's PED policy. He appealed that decision and won, earning his immediate reinstatement from MLB.
The ESPN report says MLB is hoping for 100-game suspensions for the players, which is standard for a players' second offense. The report cites a source who says the league feels the players' connection to Bosch and their previous denials of any such connection warrants the longer suspension.
Braun is hitting for a .294 average this 2013 season for Milwaukee, having driven in 35 runs and hit nine homes runs through 52 games.
The ESPN "Outside the Lines" report can be viewed here, with announcement of the suspensions expected sometime in the next two weeks.