Rays' Evan Longoria: 'Sad day for MLB,' but 'a tremendous step in the right direction for the game we love'

August 05, 2013 - 11:53 am
Major League Baseball on Monday announced the suspensions of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (who is appealing) and 12 others (who have accepted their 50-game bans), including Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Initial reaction from around the sports world was to condemn the offending players and praise MLB for attempting to clean up the game. The Taylor Hooton Foundation -- a charitable organization founded in memory of a Texas high school pitcher who in 2003 committed suicide, which his parents believed was related to prior use of steroids -- issued a statement saying it was cutting ties with Rodriguez. A-Rod had partnered with the foundation in 2009 after admitting that he had used PEDs in the past, although he claimed that he had stopped. Former major league pitcher Dan Meyer, who was beaten out by Antonio Bastardo for a spot in the Phillies bullpen in 2011, took to Twitter to vent his frustration after Bastardo's name was on the list of suspended players. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria tried to take an optimistic approach to the announcement.