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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Four minor leagues suspended after positive drug tests

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Andy Maldonado and free agent pitcher Daniel De Leon were each suspended for 72 games under baseball’s minor league drug program on Friday following positive tests for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol.

Boston catcher Elih Marrero and free agent pitcher Cole Watts were each suspended for 50 games following positive tests for Amphetamine, a banned stimulant.

Maldonado, a 17-year-old right-hander, was 0-3 with an 8.62 ERA in 12 starts last season for Pirates1 of the rookie level Dominican Summer League.

DeLeon, an 18-year-old right-hander, was released by Texas in October after going 3-1 with a 6.81 ERA in 15 relief appearances during his second season with the DSL’s Rangers2.


QLE Posted: December 21, 2019 at 01:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

BTBS Exclusive: the “Baseball Cop” tells his story

Dominguez told me that Biogenesis was the biggest case the young Department of Investigations had ever tackled. “At the time we had five senior investigators, and each one carried anywhere from 30-50 investigations at any one time. At the time, [because of Biogenesis,] we put those other investigations in the periphery.” At first, cooperation between the Department of Investigations and the DEA went well. Then the Miami New Times ran an explosive report that included Bosch’s client ledger, and suddenly MLB had a new PED scandal on its hands.

After the New Times report, “Bud Selig and Rob Manfred said they didn’t want to communicate with the DEA anymore,” Dominguez told me, adding that Selig and Manfred went so far as to monitor Department of Investigations phones to make sure that the unit didn’t cooperate with the DEA. “I couldn’t understand how they wanted us to turn our backs on a federal agency because they weren’t getting it done quickly enough,” Dominguez said. Later on, Dominguez found out that MLB had, through its labor department, hired private investigators to run their own investigation without the DEA’s involvement and without the participation or knowledge of the Department of Investigations, culminating in MLB suing Bosch, Alex Rodriguez suing MLB, a 211-game suspension (later reduced to 162 games) for Rodriguez, and a four-year prison sentence for Bosch (later reduced).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
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