WADA backs MLB's Biogenesis investigation

WADA backs MLB's Biogenesis investigation

WADA backs MLB's Biogenesis investigation

The news that Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch has agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball's investigation into the South Florida clinic's role in allegedly distributing steroids, synthetic testosterone and human growth hormone to a number of big league players led quickly to speculation that some 20 players, including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, could face suspensions.

The final determinations on each case won't be made until after MLB has an opportunity to talk to Bosch to find out exactly how he can tie records that appear to link a number of highly recognizable players to illegal performance-enhancing substances.

MLB received strong support Wednesday from an important and prominent ally: The World Anti-Doping Agency.

"WADA commends the decision of Major League Baseball to seek suspension of an estimated 20 players associated with a performance-enhancing-drugs scandal involving a Miami-area clinic," director general David Howman said in a statement.

"More and more, information and evidence gathered in the investigative process is proving an effective means of uncovering doping in sport. MLB has approached this issue in a professional way, and the evidence gathered will undoubtedly be pivotal.

"MLB has become a valuable partner to WADA in the fight against doping in sport notably as a contributor to the agency's protocols for information sharing, and has developed a robust program over recent seasons that many team sports might usefully replicate."

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.