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Get ready for a media firestorm over the timing of the Edinson Volquez suspension

Apr 20, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

Edinson Volquez.jpgWe’re about to have a major media firestorm over the nature of PED suspensions Why? Because, pursuant to the drug testing policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement,  Edison Volquez’s suspension begins immediately. As in, while he’s still on the disabled list due to recovery from Tommy John surgery.

What this means is that the 50 games he’ll “miss” are games he never would have pitched in anyway. Sure, his pay will be docked, but that won’t make anyone who expects PED punishments to be anything other than fines — which is basically everyone — happy. Not that his fine will be insubstantial — he’ll be docked roughly $137K of his $445K contract this year, plus some fines I imagine — but his baseball life will not be altered one bit by the suspension.

Think anyone is going to have a problem with this?  Oh, yes. Yes they will. When Manny Ramirez was suspended last year he was able to return for a
minor league rehab assignment prior to the ending of his suspension.
That was a handful of games in Albuquerque and people freaked the hell out.  Volquez will essentially
have no change whatsoever in his recovery and return.

Gentlemen, start your outrage.  I may even consider joining in this time.

  1. Dino - Apr 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    I agree – what a waste of time; I’d been better off doing real work than hanging on for the word on the not-so-big name that was getting suspended…

  2. Kanonen80 - Apr 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Thing is, suspending the players when he’s on the 25-man roster is a punishment to the TEAM. Does the TEAM deserve this punishment?
    It seems to me that a suspension is a punishment for the player. As in “suspended without pay”. To demand he miss playing time is kind of silly. It’s like telling someone with an office job that they are suspended without pay, but they have to wait to start that suspension until right before the company Christmas Party.
    Forcing a player to miss actual playing time makes it seem like the TEAM deserved punishment.

  3. willmose - Apr 20, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Just like A-Rod last year. Why should the Yankees get all the breaks? Oh yeah, I forgot, MLB didn’t suspend A-Rod for admitting using steriods. The Yankees do get all the breaks. My bad.

  4. Unbelievable - Apr 20, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Really. Don’t live in the past. He had one good year in 2008 and has a lifetime ERA of 4.37. Big whoop. If this is the best you can do your out of luck. Whatever happened to the Big Red Machine. Maybe he can recover his 2008 form, or maybe his career will just fizzle out. Come on Red.

  5. jwb - Apr 20, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz failed the 2003 survey test, for which there were no penalties, except potentially for those who leaked their names.

  6. Unbelievable - Apr 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    I have been wrong before. Let’s see.

  7. Simon Oliver Lockwood - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Are these sort of fines tax-deductible? Is it considered a dock in pay or something else. If it’s not deductible that fine is about 40% of his after-tax income.

  8. Rays fan - Apr 21, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    It’s a suspension, and not actually a fine, so the lost income is lost earning potential & not paying back money already received. Thus he should pay taxes on around $308K instead of $445K.

  9. Cub Fan - Apr 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Small Fry? This was/is one of the best young arms in baseball! Just because you haven’t heard of him, doesn’t mean that educated baseball fans are as ignorant as you! When he’s healthy, he K’s one batter per inning over his entire career (308 Ks/325 IP).

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