Wednesday, July 29, 2015


There's a saying about wisdom being the ability to learn from other peoples mistakes. Someone, a long time ago, put their hand in a fire, and burned it. The guy sitting next to him saw and thought "Well, that looks painful. I'm probably not going to do that." And so, we teach our children to not put their hands in fire. All because of that one guy who witnessed someone else burning their hands. You see someone else mess up, you generally are going to try not to do as they did. Unless, of course, you are Jenrry Mejia.

Meija, who only just recently returned to baseball on July 8th after an 80 game suspension for PED's, is now suspended AGAIN, after a second positive test. This time for 162 games, effective immediately. Yes, that's right... Mejia, how hasn't allowed a run in 7 1/3 inning since his return just a few days ago, is suspended for a second time this season.

Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson spoke about it, saying:

"Not surprisingly, there's a tremendous amount of disappointment. I think to some extent, anger. To some extent, amazement that this could happen so soon after a previous suspension was completed. And some sadness, in the sense that this is having a tremendously adverse effect on a very promising Major League career. And that's a shame."

Alderson, in my opinion, was extremely kind in his comments. I think it is flat out stupid. And "stupid" is just not a term I use often. It's bothersome, and indicates that someone lacks the capacity to think beyond the edge of their noses. It is also very fitting in this case. He tested positive for Stanozolol, which is the same substance that showed up on his first failed test, as well as Boldenone. I cannot wrap my mind around someone being so blatantly careless with their career. He just came back from suspension, for god sake! If I were a Mets fan, I'd be angry. If I were the GM, owner... everyone in that organization is justified in their anger.

His first suspension made him ineligible to play in the 2015 postseason. Now he'll be ineligible to play until July 2016. He becomes arbitration-eligible this winter. I wouldn't at all be surprised if the Mets decide to non-tender him.

I just honestly cannot wrap my mind around it. What did he expect to happen? I would have hoped that Alex Rodriguez's season long suspension, and all the events that led up to it would have served as a warning. If ARod, who is arguably one of the biggest stars in the game, was subject to such an incredibly large suspension, why wouldn't anyone else be? Knowing that the MLB is taking a stance against steroids, why even bother attempting it at all? But apparently, some people are just predisposed to put their hands in the fire no matter how many people they have seen burn.

--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer 
Twitter: @e_morales1804


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