17th February 2016

Major League Baseball issues its first life ban for doping

Major League Baseball (MLB) has issued its first life ban for doping, after New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia (pictured) reported his third doping rules violation. ‘The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Mets right-handed pitcher Jenrry Mejia has received a permanent suspension from Major League and Minor League Baseball after testing positive for Boldenone, his third performance-enhancing substance violation under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program’, read a 12 February statement. ‘The permanent suspension of Mejia, who previously received a 162-game suspension for his second performance-enhancing substance violation on July 28, 2015, is effective at the start of the 2016 regular season. Mejia will not participate in 2016 Spring Training.’

The ban marks the second time that Mejia has tested positive for boldenone. His July 2015 suspension was due to a positive test for stanozolol and boldenone, both anabolic steroids. “I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system”, said Mejia in a statement issued at the time. “I have been through a lot in my young career and missed time due to injury. I have worked way too hard to come back and get to where I am, so I would never knowingly put anything in my body that I thought could hold me out further. I’m sorry to the Mets organization, my teammates and the fans, as well as my family.” It is understood that under MLB rules, Meija will also be ineligible to compete in Japan, South Korea and Mexico’s baseball leagues.

MLB also issued suspensions to two Minor League Baseball players today. ‘Oakland Athletics Minor League left-handed pitcher Brandon Mann has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Ostarine, a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) and performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program’, read a statement from the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. ‘The suspension of Mann, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League, will be effective at the start of the 2016 PCL season. Atlanta Braves Minor League right-handed pitcher Richie Tate has received a 100-game suspension without pay following a third positive test for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Tate, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League, will be effective at the start of the 2016 Carolina League season.’

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