MLB Baseball News
With Major League Baseball players getting suspended with alarming regularity for failing drug tests, it seems they just don’t get it. People don’t fail drug tests by accident and if you cheat there’s a great chance you’ll be caught. The latest MLB player to be hit with an 80-game suspension for allegedly taking performance-enhancing drugs is 32-year-old Chris Colabello of the Toronto Blue Jays. The first baseman was handed the ban on April 22nd for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is also known in drug stores as Turinabol. It’s also the same substance Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Daniel Stumpf was suspended for a week earlier.
Left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf of the Philadelphia Phillies has been handed an 80-game suspension without pay for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. Major League Baseball (MLB) handed out the punishment to the 25-year-old on April 14. This is Stumpf’s first year in MLB and he rookie was banned after testing positive for a substance named dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is a known anabolic steroid which is typically used to increase strength and speed.
However, it doesn’t appear that the drug had any positive effect on his early-season performance since the rookie had an earned-run average of 40.50 in his three appearances after pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing three runs against. He didn’t record an out in his debut on April 7th as he walked a pair of batters and then gave up a grand slam. Stumpf’s current contract sees him paid the minimum MLB wage of $507,500 this season which means he’ll be losing a total of $221,858 in pay. If Stumpf plays in the minors this year his salary drops to just $41,400. The pitcher was taken by the Phillies in the latest winter-meeting draft for unprotected players.
The 2016 MLB (Major League Baseball) season just got underway on Sunday, April 3rd and will see each of the 30 teams play a 160-game schedule with the regular-season ending on Sunday, October 2nd. The 87th edition of the annual All-Star Game is scheduled to take place at San Diego’s Petco Park on July 12th with the league that wins the contest getting home-field advantage during the 2016 World Series. Each team will play their division rivals a total of 19 times and they will play teams from the other two divisions six or seven times. In addition, all clubs will play 20 interleague contests.
Shortstop Jose Reyes of the Colorado Rockies has been placed on a paid leave while being investigated on alleged domestic violence charges. The 32-year-old is the first player to be put on leave under Major League Baseball’s new policy and he isn’t allowed to take part in spring training. The four-time all-star was charged after being arrested in Hawaii last October 31st. Reyes was taken into custody at a resort in Maui after getting into a squabble with his wife.
He was charged with abuse of a household or family member and pleaded not guilty. Reyes posted $1,000 bail after the incident and is due to appear in court on April 4th for his trial. Ironically, that’s the same day his Rockies’ teammates will be taking to the ball diamond in Arizona to begin the 2016 MLB season. MLB and its players’ association agreed to a new domestic-violence policy last August after several NFL players were involved in cases.
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- April 26th, 2016
Toronto Blue Jays’ Chris Colabello latest MLB player to receive 80-game ban
- April 18th, 2016
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