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Giants reliever Guillermo Mota suspended 100 games for second positive PED test

May 7, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

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MLB has suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games after the San Francisco reliever’s second positive test for a performance enhancing drug.

Mota first tested positive for a PED in 2006, receiving a 50-game suspension. This time he was found to be using Clenbuterol, which Kirk Radomski famously admitted to giving numerous big leaguers as part of his testimony.

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador also tested positive for Clenbuterol, which led to his being stripped of the 2010 title.

Mota is earning $1 million in his 14th big-league season and the 38-year-old right-hander has a 5.06 ERA in 11 innings for the Giants as a middle reliever.

Interestingly, he served up a homer to Ryan Braun on Saturday in what might prove to be the final appearance of his career.

  1. skerney - May 7, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    “Mota” only enhances Dorito consumption.

  2. royhobbs39 - May 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    They were going to release this announcement last week, but they wanted to make sure the second-by-second logbook with the whereabouts of the urine collector was prepared as well.

    And doesn’t that just suck for MLB. All the sports shows/blogs are talking about the Sox/O’s game or the Hamels/Harper dust up and now it is going to get overtaken by steroid news…

    • redux23 - May 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      i doubt anyone west of colorado will care or know who he is…a 38 year old long inning reliever in the twilight of this career will not ignite a national discussion on PED use.

  3. El Bravo - May 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    APPEAL! Chain-of-custody failure!

    • jwbiii - May 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      I’m sure he tried the “tainted meat” defense on appeal, and he might have been right, but it failed. If you’re going to take something with anabolic properties, you can find things with a little more kick than clenbuterol. Clenbuterol has a benefit for endurance athletes, but not really for a guy who pitches for ten minutes two or three times a week.

      • vivabear - May 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        No kidding. Almost makes you think he asked someone what to take to lose weight, and got clenbuterol – not knowing it was a banned substance. Either way, it doesn’t look like he had been taking it for very long.

    • Alex K - May 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      If MLB announced the suspension one of two thing has happened (1) The appeal has already been denied or (2) Mota did not appeal.

      In case this was a joke – You got me.

      • El Bravo - May 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        I keeeeeeeeeeeeed

  4. Ben - May 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    The thing that baffles me about clen is you can buy it on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=clenbuterol&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aclenbuterol&page=1

    • jwbiii - May 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Not really. Here’s the product “fact sheet” for the first item on the list:

      http://www.vpxsports.com/fat-loss-energy-supplements/liquid-clenbutrx-hardcore

      No clenbuterol. Not legal to sell it in the U.S. for human or food animal consumption.

  5. stabonerichard - May 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Redux is right. Most won’t know enough to care about Mota, and those that do it’ll still be… ehh, whatever.

    Cuz nobody has ever really cared about pitchers using (despite the fact more failed tests were produced by pitchers than hitters). We still continue to hear about how offense is down in recent years thanks to improved steroid testing… as if it’s as simple as that. And that PEDs apparently help hitters more than pitchers.

    So anyway, up until Roger started blabbing in front of Congress, nobody gave a damn (for all intents & purposes) about pitchers using. And even then, the focus wasn’t really about Roger *cheating the game!!!* but was instead more of a sensationalized spectacle with the bullheaded Clemens and his slick hick attorney, ol’ Rusty.

  6. randygnyc - May 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Viva bear, you’d think after 2006 that mota wouldn’t eat a gummy bear without first knowing the ingredients and then cross checking them to MLB’s banned list.

    • jwbiii - May 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      While in principle I agree with you, you’re making some assumptions about OTC drug labelling laws and OTC drug purity laws in the D.R. and the ability and willingness of officials to enforce these which I am not sure are valid.

  7. mariner425 - May 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Insert bed time story/fairy tale here. If there is even the slightest possible random chance that he could be clean, you must acquit. Thanks Braun for opening a huge can of worms.

  8. chill1184 - May 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    One would think that after Manny got caught twice which the second time happened last season, that players would get that they wont get away with it anymore.

  9. rosesacl - May 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    The foreign players, don’t give a damn about the rules…. the testing should be more stringent on all foreign born players.

    • itripledogdareyou - May 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Rosesacl – ALL players should be held to more stringent standards by MLB. Last time I checked, Braun wasn’t foreign born. Its a cheap shot to just label foreign players.

  10. stevenfbrackett - May 8, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I still think that with the second positive for PEDs you should also be disqualified for the Hall of Fame regardless of whatever numbers you put up. Some won’t care, of course, but some won’t want the stigma hanging over them.

    Imagine having to answer: “Grandpa, why are you in the Hall of Fame? You hit better than lots of them guys.”

    “Well, Johnny, I’m not in because I cheated more than once. And got caught more than once and so it was taken away from me.”

    “You cheated, Grandpa?” Johnny asks in a tiny voice as his hero worship dies.

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