Mets Pitcher Jenrry Mejia First Player Forever Banned from MLB
Three strikes you’re out! Major League Baseball has announced that New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia will be the first player in major league history to receive a lifetime ban for violations of the league’s three-strike doping program. Mejia has been permanently suspended after he tested positive for a performance enhancing drug for the third time — in less than one year.
The converted starting pitcher was first suspended in April 2015 after failing a drug test and testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. Under MLB’s doping program, the first offense results in an 80-game ban. Mejia returned to the National League Champions mid-season after serving his suspension only to be suspended again just days later. The second offense is a full season ban — 162 games — and a last warning. Mejia apparently failed to heed that warning and now becomes an infamous name in the annals of Major League Baseball history.
In a statement to the media, the Mets said they were “deeply disappointed” in Mejia and “fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance-enhancing substances from the sport.
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