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Added April 26th, 2016 by Ian
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Toronto Blue Jays’ Chris Colabello latest MLB player to receive 80-game ban

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.

Colabello makes $521,126 this season and will have to forfeit $227,891 of it. As usual, the player said he isn’t sure how the substance was found in his urine sample. Colabello told the media through a press statement, “I was informed by the Players Association that a banned substance was found in my urine. I have spent every waking moment since that day trying to find an answer as to why or how? The only thing I know is that I would never compromise the integrity of the game of baseball.” He also went on to apologize to the Blue Jays organization, the fans and his teammates.

The drug found in Colabello’s system is reportedly developed by German scientists and the player handed over a variety of vitamins and supplements that he takes. He’s the sixth player to be banned this year for failing a drug test and the season just got underway earlier in April. Four other players were banned for 80 games while New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia was suspended for life after failing a test for the third time. Fans and critics will point out that Colabello was an important part of last year’s Blue Jays squad as he batted .321 for the season and added 15 homeruns along with 54 RBIs, but his average was a brutal .069 so far this season.

It took Colabello seven years of playing in the minors before he finally made it to the Major League. He was named the 2011 player of the year in the Independent League and then signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins. Colabello made 55 appearances in 2013 and 59 the next year before the Blue Jays signed him to a minor-league deal in 2015. Colabello was the only one in the Blue Jays organization who knew he may have failed the drug test as he said he received a phone call regarding it in March. The Blue Jays said the organization will support Colabello, but it fully supports the MLB drug policy. The team will use Justin Smoak and possibly Edwin Encarnacion at first base while Colabello is out.

According to medical experts, the drug Turinabol is an anabolic steroid taken orally and is used by athletes to speed up their body’s recovery time rather than to increase their size and strength. It was often used in the 1970s and 80s by East German athletes. However, a study in 2005 showed that many athletes who took the drug developed ailments later in life such as infertility, heart problems, testicular cancer and breast cancer.

 
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