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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Padres GM A.J. Preller suspended 30 days over the Drew Pomeranz trade.

The league has suspended Preller for 30 days:

Major League Baseball has completed an investigation into the July 14th transaction in which pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox.  MLB’s Department of Investigations conducted the thorough review, which included interviews with relevant individuals from both Clubs.  The findings were submitted to Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

As a result of this matter, Major League Baseball announced today that A.J. Preller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Padres, has received a 30-day suspension without pay.

The statement says nothing else of substance. It does not say what, exactly, Preller did wrong.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:14 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, cheating, drew pomeranz, medicals, padres, red sox, suspensions

Friday, June 10, 2016

Royals’ Yordano Ventura appealing suspension |

Ventura gets nine days. Manny gets four days.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, suspensions, yordano ventura

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Cameron: MLB Should Throw the Book at Yordano Ventura

Last year, following the bench clearing incident with the White Sox, MLB suspended Ventura for seven games, which caused him to miss one start. After this latest incident, MLB needs to throw the book at him. The punishments escalate significantly for repeat offenders of other behaviors MLB is trying to curb — a second failed PED test brings a suspension twice as long as a first failed test, for instance — and it’s clear that Ventura won’t be deterred from starting fights by simply missing a start and a week’s paycheck. It’s time for a real suspension that sends a real message.

My suggestion? Suspend him for a month. A 30 game suspension will cause him to miss six starts and will take roughly $150,000 out of his paycheck, and would send the message that the penalties are only going to get more harsh if he continues to believe it appropriate to use his fastball as a weapon. Ventura is a habitual offender at this point, and should be treated accordingly. The only way he’s going to stop starting fights is if baseball convinces him they’re serious about stopping him.

Just look how longer suspensions have completely deterred PED use.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2016 at 11:13 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, suspensions, yordano ventura

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Report: Marlon Byrd tested positive for PEDs, faces a 162-game suspension

Vince Grzegorek of Cleveland Scene reports that Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and faces a 162-game suspension. This has not yet been confirmed by Major League Baseball, but it is expected to be soon.

The suspension would be Byrd’s second for PEDs. The first came in 2012 when he tested positive for tamoxifen, which is used to deal with the side effects of steroids. Byrd served a 50-game suspension then. As of now, a second offense brings a suspension of 162 games.

Byrd signed with the Indians in March on a minor league deal and made the team out of spring training. He’s being paid $1 million and had the possibility of another $2.5 million in performance bonuses.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: marlon byrd, peds, suspensions

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hector Olivera suspended 82 games for domestic violence incident

Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended 82 games under the league’s domestic violence policy, MLB announced Thursday. The suspension is retroactive to April 30 and will end August 1. Olivera agreed not to appeal.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Hector Olivera violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on April 13, 2016,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Olivera violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 1st. Mr. Olivera has also agreed to make a significant charitable contribution to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.”

The suspension stems from an incident at the team hotel last month. Olivera has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after a woman alleged she had been assaulted. MLB placed Olivera on administrative leave shortly thereafter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, domestic abuse, hector olivera, suspensions

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sherman: How baseball enticed Dee Gordon to use PEDs

Sherman blames everyone for players using PEDs—save the sportswriters who turned a blind eye to the issue during the 90s/00s.

Dee Gordon is the villain in his 80-game suspension. Let’s be upfront about that because I want to talk about the hypocrisy that cushions a villain and propels a villain to do villainous stuff.

Pretty much the only institution in the game that has delivered a strong penalty to those tied to illegal performance enhancers is the Baseball Writers Association of America, which votes for the Hall of Fame. Hypocrisy alert: I might be part of the problem, because I vote for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

Ultimately, the Hall is about the best 1 percent of players ever. For the other 99 percent, the deterrent message is not exactly powerful, certainly not as powerful as the hypocrisy.



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