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MLB has Announced a Player has been “Banned For Life”

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been banned permanently from the majors after his third positive PED test, according to a league announcement. Remarkably, Mejia tested positive for the banned substance boldenone after earning two suspensions just last year for testing positive for banned substances as well.MejiaIntheDugout

According to steroidology.com boldenone is not a rapid mass builder, but will provide a slow but steady gain of strength and quality muscle mass. The most positive effects of this drug are seen when it is used for longer cycles, usually lasting at least 10 weeks in length. The muscle gained should not be the smooth bulk seen with androgens, but instead a very defined and solid look. Since water bloat is not contributing greatly to the diameter of the muscle, much of the size gained on a cycle of boldenone can be retained after the drug has been discontinued.

The Mets were willing to put the other two incidents behind them, even agreeing to $2.47MM salary that avoided arbitration. He was going to have to sacrifice a good portion of that money to finish serving his second suspension of the 162-game variety, now he has increased that to lifetime ban.

MejiaCrouchedonMoundMejia becomes the first player to receive a permanent ban under MLB’s “three strikes and you’re out” PED policy. Although,there is a provision that will allow the 26-year-old righty to seek reinstatement, says Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com notes Twitter. But even if successful, he’d have to wait one year to ask and serve a minimum two-year ban.

In a statement, the Mets said that the club is “deeply disappointed” in Mejia. He had seemed destined to return to a prominent place in the club’s pen after finishing out his second ban. While New York seemed primed to cut ties at one point, the upside in Mejia’s cheap contract and rested, youthful arm certainly justified the risk. But Mejia somehow proved unable to avoid PED usage even while subject to stepped-up testing as a prior offender.

After failing to hold down a rotation job in 2014, Mejia had shown real promise in a relief role. He ended that campaign as the team’s closer, posting 28 saves and working to a 2.72 ERA over 56 1/3 innings out of the pen. While he has since been supplanted in the ninth by Jeurys Familia, Mejia certainly seemed to have a plausible chance of winning back a set-up role later in the 2015 season.

Several people in the sports world have been punished for the exact same drug. Los Angeles Angels minor league outfielder Reynaldo Ruiz in September 2010 and Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher San Lazaro Solano in January 2011 each received a 50-game suspension for the 2011 season as a result of testing positive for the metabolite boldenone Stephan Bonnar and Josh Barnett, Kit Cope, Phil Baroni, Rickard Nordstrand and Zabit Samedov, Alexandre Franca Nogueira and Antonio Silva have all tested positive for blodenone in MMA. Two New York Red Bulls soccer players, Jon Conway (goal keeper) and Jeff Parke (defender) also tested positive for the same drug. And wait for this one…… wait…..sit down…a race horse also tested positive for boldenone. Leading horse trainer Gai Waterhouse was fined $10,000 after being found guilty on the 15th of May 2008 of presenting a horse to the races with a prohibited substance in its system. Her horse Perfectly Poised was found to have traces of the banned substance boldenone in its system after finishing second at Canterbury in April 2007.

I do not know what would posses a person who had been suspended twice, still serving the 2nd suspension of 162 games, to continue to take anything that might be a banned substance. Sadly, someone has to be the example, and the guy every other major league player will be told not to be is Jenrry Mejia.

Parts of this article were written by Jeff Todd

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