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Friday 31, Aug 2012

  Guillermo Mota Back With Giants

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On Tuesday, San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota was activated from the restricted list after he served a suspension of 100 games for his second positive drug test. Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt has been placed on the paternity list by the Giants to make room on the roster for Mota.

The Giants reliever was suspended for Clenbuterol, which he claimed was in a cough syrup for children. He was previously suspended in 2006 when he was with the New York Mets and the team was eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. Mota was traded by the Mets for starting catcher Johnny Estrada. A third positive test would mean a lifetime ban for Mota and he said he would be more careful in the future.

Guillermo Reynoso Mota was born on July 25, 1973 and has pitched for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers. Mota is presently with the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. Signed by the New York Mets in 1990 as an infielder, Mota had a batting average of .249 with one home run and one stolen base and amassed a .934 fielding percentage in 43 game when he was assigned to the rookie-league Gulf Coast League Mets in 1993 as a third baseman.

He was moved to the shortstop position and assigned to the single-A Capital City Bombers of the South Atlantic League in the year 1995 and batted .243 and struck out 127 times in 400 at bats while committing 40 errors at shortstop. Mota made a return to St. Lucie Mets in 1996 where he batted .234 with 90 strikeouts in 304 at bats while committing 21 errors and was converted into a pitcher in 1997. In 1997, the Dominican baseball player was assigned to the Cape Fear Crocs of the South Atlantic League and he had a 5–10 record with a 4.36 earned run average (ERA) and 112 strikeouts in 126 innings. In 1999, he started with season with the Ottawa Lynx of the triple-A International League and had a 2–0 record with a 1.89 ERA and five saves in 14 games.

Mota Suspended 100 Games – Video

In the year 2003, he had a 6–3 record with a 1.97 ERA in 76 games and went on to become the setup man to closer Éric Gagné in 2004. After being suspended in November 2006 for using performance enhancing drugs, Guillermo Reynoso Mota was re-signed by the Mets to a two-year, $5 million contract on December 7 and was traded on November 20, 2007 to the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 2010, Guillermo Mota signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants and won his first career World Series despite struggling at times during the season. He became one of three players in the history of Major League Baseball to fail a drug test twice when it was shown he tested positive for Clenbuterol. He was suspended for 100 games on May 7, 2012 by MLB after he tested positive for Clenbuterol.

 

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Saturday 25, Aug 2012

  Colon Banned 50 Games For Positive Test

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Colon Banned 50 Games For Positive Test – Cliff Notes
 

Bartolo ColonOakland Athletics’ right-handed pitcher @Bartolo Colon has been suspended for fifty games after he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The suspension was announced on Wednesday by Major League Baseball (MLB).

In a statement released through the MLBPA, the 39-year-old Colon rendered an apology to his fans, teammates, and his team while accepting responsibility for his actions. Colon added that he is ready to serve suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.

The suspension of Colon was the second ban of 50-game imposed by the MLB this week after Giants’ All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for testosterone last week.

Bartolo Colon has a career record of 171-122 and a 4.05 ERA and signed a $2 million contract with the Oakland Athletics, his seventh Major League team, for a period of one year. His failed test for testosterone immediately led to the removal of his belongings from his locker at Oakland Athletics and his nameplate was also taken down.

A person familiar with the suspension said the baseball pitcher has not filed grievance at all and added that the Major League Baseball had not found any links between Colon and Cabrera at this point.

Joseph R. Purita, an orthopedic surgeon in Florida, had revealed last year that he assisted a team of doctors in Dominican Republic with the treatment of Colon and added that he had used human growth hormone in the procedure, but not in this case.

The former Cy Young Award winner joins San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera on the suspended list for the rest of the regular season with the suspension announcement. Colon would be missing the final 40 games of the regular season and the first ten games of the post-season if Oakland gets that far. If not, any reminder of the suspension would be served in a future season of another league contract is signed by Colon.

Colon Banned 50 Games For Positive Test – Video

In a statement, Oakland Athletics said the team is really disappointed to learn of Colon’s suspension as he was one the team was relying on. The place of Colon was given to Tyson Ross by General manager Billy Beane. Colon has a 171-122 record in 15 big league seasons and the right-hander won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award when he was the Los Angeles Angels. After the suspension, he would be losing $469,945 of his $2 million base salary this year and it would also cost him the chance to make $850,000 in additional bonuses based on innings.

This year, five players have been suspended under the big league drug program. In June, Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis (clostebol metabolite) and free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd (tamoxifen) were suspended for fifty games each and San Francisco reliever Guillermo Mota (clenbuterol) was penalized for 100 games in May. The 50-game suspension of NL MVP Ryan Braun was overturned after it was argued that his urine sample was not handled according to the rules in the drug program specified at the time. Under the minor league drug program, there have been 76 suspensions this year.

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Friday 17, Aug 2012

  Melky Cabrera Suspended For 50 Games

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Melky Cabrera - testosteroneSan Francisco Giants left fielder @Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games by the Major League Baseball after he tested positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. The suspension puts an abrupt end to what had undoubtedly been an MVP-caliber regular season and throw the playoff hopes of Giants into doubt.

Cabrera, who began his major league career with the Yankees, was hitting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in his first season with San Francisco and leads the National League with 159 hits. He is second in batting average behind Pittsburgh‘s Andrew McCutchen. Despite the suspension, Cabrera may still be able to win the NL batting title as he has 501 plate appearances, one less than the minimum needed to win a batting championship for a player on a team playing 162 games. Under 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules, Melky Cabrera may win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.

In a statement, the San Francisco Giants said the team fully supports the policy of Major League Baseball and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from baseball. With the suspension, Cabrera became the second player of Giants to receive a drug suspension this season. In May, reliever Guillermo Mota was penalized for 100 games and became just the third player of the Major League to be disciplined twice for positive drug tests.

Melky Cabrera tests positive for Testosterone – Video

Born on August 11, 1984, Melky Astacio Cabrera is a Dominican professional baseball player presently playing for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has been associated with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and Kansas City Royals in the past. In 2005, Melky Cabrera made his MLB debut for the Yankees and won the All Star Game MVP Award in 2012.

The 28-year-old Cabrera produced a 51-hit month in May and was given nicknames like “Got Melk?” ‘‘Melk Man” and “Melky Way.” In May, Melky Cabrera batted .429 in May with three homers, five triples, seven doubles and 17 RBIs and hit safely in 25 of 29 games. His 51 hits matched Randy Winn for most hits in a month since the club came to San Francisco in 1958. He also set the record of most hits for San Francisco in May and surpassed Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 49 from 1958. The baseball player ranks second in baseball with a .346 batting average. The failed test may end up costing the baseball player in excess of $60 to $70 million this winter, which may be the highest cost any player has ever paid for failing a drug test because of the timing of the suspension.

The news of Melky Cabrera’s suspension for the use of testosterone even draw comments from Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO that was at the heart of Major League Baseball’s steroids scandal. Conte said as half of all baseball players are still using performance enhancing drugs and added that the only players that get caught are “the dumb, and the dumber.”

 

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Friday 10, Apr 2009

  Except Steroid links, Gary Sheffield signed deal with Mets

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Except Steroid links, Gary Sheffield signed deal with Mets  In a questionable manner, David Wright, the face of the Mets franchise, signed Gary Sheffield, the player who has past steroid links. The decision was made after giving appropriate time to the thought by Wright. Sheffield said about the Mets, “It’s been a lifelong thing for me. I wanted to fulfill my dream. I have a chance to win a championship here. If it comes to me coming off the bench, I’ll do that.”

It is reasonable from the player to join the franchise, but what is clicking in the mind is that why would the Mets want to enroll this player after knowing all the steroid gossips that have troubled him? Just because it was a no-lose move for Mets as they were only one who were paying Sheffield $400,000 and could cut him more easily than the infield grass.

But, one thing is sure if the reason is only this, the team could lose a great deal. Jerry Manuel spoke frankly before the game about how he isn’t worried about nursing along Daniel Murphy or Fernando Tatis. He said, “I’m not trying to develop or evolve. I’m trying to win a championship.”

Sheffield behaved in a proper way and knocked some bunch of runs then also the situtation remained the same as the real problem was in signing the player. Mets was once home to Kirk Radomski and signed Guillermo Mota to a two-year, back-loaded deal so that he would not suffer in monetary way due to 50-game drug suspension penalty.

Now the Mets have signed Sheffield, a player whose past links with performance-enhancing drugs are still a doubtful question. He himself had admitted the usage of a steroid cream in 2001 and was later named in the Mitchell Report as the steroid user. With all these mess ups, it would definitely not surprise anybody if Sheffield’s name was there in the list of positive tests from 2003 that could be leaked anytime.

Being a family-friendly franchise, the Mets have always tried to eliminate itself from any kind of potential embarrassment. But what appears to be questionable is that whether signing of Anna Benson’s Santa is more disgusting than the player, who himself has confirmed the acceptance of using a designer steroid, but without knowing what it was?

For the moment, however, the Mets could at least make the appearance that they are trying to implement the right ideology when it comes to battling the curse of steroids. By signing Sheffield, the team become the only one team that has signed the player after fully knowing his tainted past.