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If This PED-Related Tweet Is True . . .

Are high-profile suspensions for use of performance-enhancing drugs about to rock MLB in 2013? Jordan Rabinowitz of SportsGrid takes note of a provocative Tweet:

Consider this the bombshell before the bombshell, should this prophecy eventually come true. Joe Bisceglie from Dog And Pony Show tweeted Monday afternoon that four of baseball’s biggest bats, including three New York Yankees and two formerly implicated players, will each be slapped with 50-game first-offense PED suspensions. They are, of course, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Ryan Braun.

Before any despondent Yankee fan treks to the Bronx to take a Greg Louganis off the upper deck, please note the following caveat:

You’d be inclined to be skeptical, and for fair reason — Bisceglie doesn’t name his source. This kind of story is explosive, and deserves tender care before people start going on witch hunts and throwing names out there with no rationale.

On the other hand, please note this caveat to the original caveat:

But consider this: Bisceglie correctly prognosticated that Melky Cabrera would be suspended last season for a failed PED test almost a month before his suspension came.

That tweet was from July 18; the suspension came on Aug. 15. Bisceglie was understandably sour about the haters (can’t get no respect with no sources, dude), but to his credit, he’s been right about this thing before, the Nostra Damus of steroids, if you will.

More here (h/t Baseball Think Factory).

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says it ain’t so.

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.


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