Ryan Divish is down in Peoria for Mariners spring training, and now everyone on the team is, too. Position players reported earlier this week and the team’s first game is next Thursday, the 27th. Join Ryan for a live chat on Friday at noon to get the latest on how things are progressing for Lloyd McClendon’s…More
Jesus Montero will get a second chance to play baseball again. Anyone predicting that the 50-game suspension he agreed to for his part in the Biogenesis scandal will end Montero’s career are way off base. Montero is only 23 and that’s young enough to guarantee that the only way his career will end is if he’s unable to hit without the help of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
I’d love to tell you he’ll be able to do that. Love to say that I agree with the Mariners’ public statements that they believe Montero’s preoccupation with catching was behind his inability to hit the ball beyond the infield for too much of this early season.
But I can’t do that. Can’t vouch for Montero. That would require giving him the benefit of the doubt. And he lost that with me when he lied to me on the eve of spring training and said he didn’t know anything about Biogenesis. Not sure why he’d accept a 50-game suspension from MLB if he didn’t know a thing about it, so I’m comfortable in concluding now that Montero’s word is meaningless.More
Coming on the heels of the good news about Brad Miller, we have the type of stuff MLB wishes it did not have to put out there. Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been suspended for the rest of the season, today getting handed down a 65-game suspension by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for violations of the sport’s basic agreement and joint drug policy and prevention program.
Braun issued this statement: “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”
“This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country.
“Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”
While the apology is better than the usual tap-dancing and appeals we’re used to seeing when athletes typically get caught with some PED test or another, it comes a bit late.More